Well, it’s not original. It’s not exactly progression. But Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ latest offering is quite definitely a reminder of why we love him.
‘Tapes & Money’ would have fit right it with any of his previous EP’s. A lovely little dancey square-wave popper, with the requisite fidgety bits, the necessary reverb hammers and syncopatterned bass. One imagines the TEED studio as being littered with nails, all with supremely flattened heads.
There’s not really much else to say about the track. The vocals are sunk into a little hollow just above the mix, breathy and airy and heavy all at once, beautifully cut. Orlando, Orlando, what a voice. But it’s a dance track, it is it is and what really intrigues me about TEED is the way that he’s truly bringing back that disco feeling into dance – one voice, one sound, repeated but so full of space that you can stick your hand through breaks without a scratch. You’re dancing to electronic music, yes, but you’re dancing at a stage, at a person, at a singer, at a possible superstar – it’s a heady mix of everything offered from both the electronic and live worlds and it works. “Tell me another one”, he says, the cheeky bugger. “Keep it coming”, Cheeky devil. He’s in charge, and he knows what he’s doing.
Once again miles ahead of the competition. Does he even have a competition? There is no-one else making music like this, this euphoric – at least not at this BPM and this spacious – and if he keeps on, Oxford will surely secure yet another bright star in the musical pantheon.
Released 2nd April 2012 by Polydor Records