If you had any doubt left in you that 2012 broke fringe electronic instrumentation through to the mainstream then all you had to do was be present at last night’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs show at LA’s Fonda Theater last night. Marked, in no small amount, by the fact that he was preceded by DJ’s as opening acts, the TEED one man effort chugged through a set that had all eyes on the stage and all ears at involuntary auditory surrender. The light show was brilliant, and his stage outfit inexplicably quizzical, but its Orlando Higginbottom‘s natural talent for understanding drums and percussion that made it so irresistible to dance, jump, and lose your inhibitions enough to notice you might be falling in love with that cute person next to …
Crosstown Rebels are presenting a festival that’s beyond comprehension; a two-day extravaganza that take place during the end of the world (according to the Mayan Calendar). Of course, having this on Playa Del Carmen during the supposed end of the world only makes it more intriguing/crazy/amazing/exciting. And to think we haven’t even mentioned the already-stacked lineup — which includes the likes of 3D (Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack), James Lavelle (UNKLE), Art Department, Robelledo T.E.E.D. and many more. Check out the statement describing what’s to come on Day Zero, as well as the link to the website to see who else is playing, after the jump.
Above, you can watch the latest video from Oxford’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for “American Dream Part II” off his forthcoming debut album “Trouble,” due out on June 11th. In the video, you can see TEED looking a little less excited than what you might expect from someone wearing an albino peacock outfit and getting covered in glitter, but you can see the effect he typically has on a crowd. TEED will be playing a string of live dates this summer in support of “Trouble,” the first of which will be one week from now, next Wednesday at KOKO in London – click here for more information. You can pre-order “Trouble” here.
The term “world music” has unfashionable in the past decade, but if one person can make it cool again, it’s Damon Albarn, the mastermind behind Blur, Gorillaz and dozens of other exceptionally cool music projects. Last month, Albarn headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Dan the Automator, (XL Recordings head) Richard Russell, Actress and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to record music with Congalese musicians. The project was called DRC Music, and the album, now titled Kinshasha One Two, is intended for release on WARP Records to benefit Oxfam.
Now, you can hear the first results of the excursion to the central African nation with these three tunes posted onto Soundcloud. The tunes are significantly different from the sound found on Albarn’s 2002 album, Mali Music, which found him collaborating with musicians in Mali. This may speak to the changes in sound in style over the past decade, or could be equally attributed to the diverse nature of African music, one that is often loston Western ears.
You can pre-order the ful album at the DRC Music website. And check out the full album track list and watch a video clip of the recordings after the jump.
When you have a catalog a large as Damon Albarn‘s, a few gems are bound to be missed. Such is usually that case with his 2002 Mali Music, in which Albarn visited the African country to record with local musicians. The album represents one of the most seemless integrations of African and European music we’ve ever heard, and still sits near the top of our list of hidden gems.
A decade later and it appears that Albarn is trying to recapture some of that magic, in a more high-profile way, taking along Western musicians such as Dan the Automator, (XL Recordings head) Richard Russell, Actress and, as we learned at MELT! festival this weekend, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The project, entitled DRC Music, will be a benefit album for Oxfam to be released on Warp Records.