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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 'American Dream Pt II'

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – ‘American Dream Pt II’

Ahh, the American Dream. You never hear anyone banging on about French Fancy or the Romanian Rumination. Thankfully, TEED’s effort dodges Razorlight-style chest-thumping or Marina-style diva self-obsession in favour of good honest bangin’. And Orlando Higginbottom should know a thing or two about ignoring expectation and setting your stead on your own terms. This is, after all, someone who’s managed to shrug off the obligations of a Christian-and-surname-combo that should have made him a shoo-in as a QC or lord, instead of becoming one of the UK’s most exciting young producers.
 No mean feat.

This taster of forthcoming debut album ‘Trouble’ begins with a melancholy, beautiful early-hour ambience that was once the province of classic DJ Shadow, but it’s not long before Orlando ramps up the rave, building to a cruel climax with a noise like someone shaking a talking doll to death before cutting loose with a rearing, hammering womp like a technoid Triceratops tearing through your mind forest. It’s the most aggressive thing we’ve heard from him yet, and throbs with a bug-eyed energy.

Emily Mackay