It’s been a little over a week since I saw Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and I’m still riding the high from his set. The clustered crowd erupted into this odd uniform jumping-arms flailing-head knocking-hair flipping dance the moment Orlando Higginbottom dropped the beat to this track. If feelings are contagious then I caught the joy bug that night and it’s been keeping me going since. I’m still listening to Orlando’s stuff this week and don’t see myself tiring of it anytime soon. His music is refreshing. It lives in electronica, dabbles in dub, and rejoices in pop. His monotone delivery is comforting. He’s an artist who – I feel – knows his place in the music world and is soaking it up. Orlando isn’t trying to be anything or anyone he’s not. The music he produces under Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is honest electronica; well crafted without the pretense.
I will admit I was a little bit wary of listening to Zeds Dead’s remix of T.E.E.D.’s already excellent track, fearing a total dubstep take over, but I was happily happily surprised. The boys of the Dead’s duo have toned down Orlando’s track and turned it into a trance inducing experiment. They’ve taken the vocals of the original, removed the heavy synthesized and hyped up production and layered it over a sensually wobbling bass and light keyboard harmony. When I listen to this song I feel like I’ve entered a void where I’m not falling but I’m not flying either. I am just there…hovering, spinning, floating. That’s what makes this track work so well. Zeds Dead have taken Orlando’s story of reaching the point in a relationship where defining what’s happening is a necessity and channeled it through production.
Give me another chance
’cause I could be the dog to your bone…or something.”
As the “something” repeats and glitches we understand where Orlando is in relation to this relationship. I think we’ve all been through a relationship where we know it’s more than friends but are unsure whether what we have is worthy of defining it as something other than a “something.” It’s a weird place to be, really. The relationship rules seem to live in the same limbo as we do. In Zeds Dead’s case, the something lies within the wobble-wobble. Through the bass are we to find the truth; are we to come to know where we are and are not. It’s a seductive production that does Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs justice. Rather than making the original track into some club banger or music hall show-stopper, the track is remixed for ears willing to be still for three minutes.
Enjoy being carried away by this track late at night when your mind is racing.