Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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4Play // Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

"I've got one dinosaur fact. It's not even a fact or anything, it's just that someone told me once that a dinosaur called Iguanadon had big thumbs, so that they could go like – "




" – that, and kill someone. And that's the only thing I know about dinosaurs."

In this 4play film for the UK's Channel 4, we get an intimate and endearing look at the calm, quietly frank and enormously talented Orlando Higginbottom.


Following his path from his home studio in Oxford through to Melt! in Germany, this is a beautiful and warm short, directed by David Terranova in his first commission for television. And incidentally, I caught the producer's name at the credits, and it turns out that a friend I'd thought was lost in the wilds of Japan was responsible! Hey you, Corvin Dhali! Nice work!


Shot through various nostalgic filters and curious angles, the beauty of this film is that it makes you feel like you're discreetly poking through Higginbottom's musical life, with him quietly narrating over your shoulder as you do it. But I think the nicest thing for me is how open and welcoming Higginbottom's attitude is towards making, listening and enjoying music in general.


If this doesn't make you excited for his debut album (on top of everything we've posted about him on this blog, and everything we haven't), then Halloween must've come early and just...taken your soul. And your heart. AND YOUR EARS. In the meantime, feast your eyes:


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for 4Play


HIYA // Chad Valley
HIYA // Hugo

photo by Ashley Louise Stanford


Hugo Manuel is perhaps best known for being a part of English math-rock band Jonquil. But his foray into solo productions as Chad Valley proves him to also be a producer in his own right, with his self-described “sun-drenched Balearic pop” project. Softly editing tracks between guitar driven tunes and R&B crooners with palatable bliss-y style, he's remixed the likes of Foals, Penguin Prison, O Children, TEED, The Drums and most recently Active Child.


Also, his R&B edits EP was set free on the interwebs a few months ago (though on that count, I much prefer Nicolas Jaar's Bluewave Edits EP), featuring remixes of Alicia Keys, R.Kelly, Mariah and The Dream, and Keri Hilson.


I've been obsessed with 'Money' by The Drums and subsequently, the Chad Valley remix of it. With the brilliance of it's anacrusis driven verses and it's ensuing syncopatic and offbeat accented vocals, 'Money' is accompanied by Maneuel's trademark misty and tropical-tinged, subtly white-noise coated Chad Valley treatment.


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Chad Valley takes TEED's 'Trouble' straight to the rainforest, bird noise atmospherics and all; stripping it back to nimble and airy treble, warmly accompanying Orlando Higginbottom's vocals with plenty of echo and steamy synths.


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A beautiful take on an already beautiful track, Chad Valley keeps Active Child's 'Playing House' almost purely piano aside from the generous haze on the vocals before a lightly tapping beat drops in two thirds of the way through. Chad Valley plays the dynamic of the track with beautiful restraint in a moving and uplifting remix. Immerse yourself:


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Chad Valley is currently on mega tour, right now around the US and Canada supporting Active Child (hence the remix), before he finds himself sandwiched in an excellent tour slot between Friendly Fires and SBTRKT around the UK in November. Not bad, eh! Go find him coming to a town near you.

A New Garden



I LOVE Orlando Higginbottom and his stellar project Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. For a song as good as 'Garden', there should in fact, be more reasons for it to be heard; and a new video is a pretty good one. Being released on October 3rd via Polydor, it's (re-)whetting appetites for TEED's LP release, set to drop in early 2012. EXCITING.




Originally released via Greco-Roman on the All In Two Sixty Dancehalls EP, 'Garden' was probably the first track that really made people sit up and pay attention to the long titled but awesomely talented TEED. So, amen for it getting the release that it deserves, with a remix package including Soul Clap, Hackman, MYNC, Calibre, and Donae’o.


Here's Joe Goddard's effort, giving 'Garden' a 90s electronic drum beat and an unexpected synth treatment that leaves me kinda unsatisfied. It's an interesting take, and we love Joe Goddard up in here, but for me it seemed that this remix could have been applied to any number of tracks, and wasn't specific to the beauties of 'Garden'. Check it:


  Garden (Joe Goddard remix


And here is the new video, complete with Orlando rising from the sand like some kind of crystal horned god with Lulu and the Lampshades' Louisa making another appearance. (Hipster) Gold.


Garden by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Totes Enormous Trouble



In a glamorous, Chateau Marmont style setting, our hero, Orlando Higginbottom aka Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, or TEED, is stuck in a decadent type of ennui, until 'Trouble' comes along...This video for 'Trouble' is really cool. Directed by The General Assembly, the clip was shot in Los Angeles and depicts a hedonistic turn of events that show Orlando almost passively rolling with the punches.




I found this to be a really great video. The concept itself is far from new, but there were some really subtle and gorgeous nuances here. Like, I loved the way the cuts were interspersed throughout the sequence; and I loved how there were touches of Kenneth Anger in effect. The accessories in this blew my mind too. Orlando looks quite boyishly beautiful, incredibly fragile and rather ethereal for an extinct dinosaur, if I do say so myself. Great video to an awesome track!



Trouble by TEED


The Trouble with T.E.E.D.
HIYA // Orlando


The trouble with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is that he seems to be only able to operate on one level: Level Awesome. SO. GOOD. OMG. WTF. So if you haven't heard yet, 'Trouble' is the name of T.E.E.D's (aka Orlando Higginbottom) latest single, having recently signed to Polydor Records after being a Greco-Roman alumni for his last three EPs.

'Trouble' continues to showcase T.E.E.D's deft touch on production - and is it just me or is he getting more and more subtly nuanced? The cleverly layered and lazer-like synths are artfully interspersed; staccato-ing lightly through Higginbottom's easy vocals. All of these are held up by the usual solid gold spine of a T.E.E.D. song - much like the previous gems of 'Garden' and 'Household Goods'. The fadeout on this obviously suggests that it ain't the complete track, if [Soundcloud edit] in the title didn't give that away already. I wish he'd hurry up and release an album! In the meantime, we have to be content with this little beauty:


Trouble [Soundcloud edit]

Totes Enorms Extinct Dinos // Live
HIYA // Orlando


Oh man, it seems like our man TEED is growing up! He's done an album deal, which is to be announced verrrry soon, and his LP due to be dropping this first half of 2011, so it's all verrry exciting!


Just a few days ago, Annie Mac presented Orlando Higginbottom's live set in Sheffield. And he had dancers. Why oh why wasn't it a video recording?? The quality of this isn't great but you'll get the gist. And if you're in London and you're not already going, it'll make you want to head over to TEED's first ever headline show at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, where he'll be airing new material as well as a pimp new light show!




  BBC Radio R1 'In New Music We Trust Live', Sheffield 28/01/11 by T-E-E-D


Furthermore; here's a new TEED remix. Normally we avoid Katy and any-mention-of-her-boobies Perry like the plague that she is, but it's a tribute to TEED that he can chew her up and spit her out to make her sound like this:


  Katy Perry - Firework (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) by T-E-E-D

Household Goods
Hiya Ri-donk-a-saur


When Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur's latest EP entitled 'Household Goods', dropped into my inbox I literally squealed with delight. TEED have been a mainstay as one of my favourite projects from the UK, and deservedly so; consistently pushing out ridiculous tracks that blow my tiny mind and making remixes that boggle it.


It's so funny that such a mild, almost benign looking kid incongruously named Orlando Higginbottom could produce such choons and remixes that are intelligent, subtly seductive as well as able to make bangers to boot. A fantastic example is his last insiduously brilliant single, 'Garden'. The latest track, taken of the self titled EP 'Household Goods' is the next evolution of 'Garden'.


'Household Goods' comes on strong with more aggression in the instrumentation and is also more lyrically sharp than I remember Higginbottom being in the past, with plainly stated longing both in melody and word. It also brings to mind Lo-Fi-Fnk feelings in it's staticky synths.


The video sees his sport a head piece that suggest a triceratops of some sort; with spines going down the back of a neatly tailored aqua blue boiler suit (?). It's utterly adorable to watch and utterly addictive to listen to. Check it, and GO GET THE EP!!! From HERE and HERE


Household Goods by TEED

TEED get a Move On
Dino-mite! Yeah I said it...


Y'all know we love Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs in this house. This TEED track has been floating around on my desk top for a really long time, but I've only just managed to unearth it now. 'Garden' has been on repeat (off of TEED's All In Two Sixty Dancehalls EP, which also kicks enormous dinosaur ass, get on that), and 'Move On' is a bonus track which wasn't included on the EP but is another total gem.


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And here's TEED's remix of Wafa's 'Ewid Disco', which also happens to be out now on Sinden's Grizzly label. Check it:


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Now go on, get a move on and check more TEED shit HERE

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MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
great post! big love for hugo I was...