Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
Looking like a brightly-colored pageant boy atop a float cruising the streets of Sao Paolo during Carnaval, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs—a.k.a. Oxford's leading dance-pop producer Orlando Higginbottom—led off his Perry's stage appearance today with properly latin-centric fare before swiftly transitioning to the laser-precise synthy dance beats that have made him so popular. To be exact, his outfit was that of a neon-blue stegosaurus, something that become more clear as he danced onstage, laying his silky alto vocals effortlessly on top of his punchy beats.
Even at 2pm on a Friday, the equally neon crowd was fully amped to get the party going again, one blunt being rolled to my left and another sparked to my right…wait, flip that. Maybe I was already getting a contact high. Regardless, the music was perfect for it. Potent, but undeniably happy.
Shifting gears into breakbeats with one of his more rave-ready bombs, TEED (as Higginbottom is known for short) had all the girls, bedazzled with jewels pressed under each eye and most sporting cut-off jean shorts, and just as many of the guys, ever-present in their throwback b-ball jerseys with a surprising number of sporting suit jackets and t-shirts printed with formalwear, running toward the stage.
It was largely TEED's penchant for '90s house grooves that had fans stampeding ever closer. Mid-set crowed igniter "Your Love" takes a page right out of the Robin S. playbook and the retro dance party only continued with "Stronger," synth stabs beckoning a dancing dino duo to the stage to flex their choreographed dance moves in black jumpsuits, sparkling reptilian tales and all.
In terms of versatility, TEED has more than most EDM acts. Eschewing any one particular dance style, he prefers to apply his poppy aesthetic across house, breaks and jukey bass rhythms. The 2step of "Household Goods" reveals his U.K. roots, before he ramped up his set in the final moments to meld his varied influences. One bass banger after another met somewhere between dubstep, 2step and drum 'n' bass—full on jump up stylee. "Tapes and Money" provided a grand finale the size of the prehistoric creatures that are his namesake, combining all his best elements into a rave-ready framework as big as anything Avicii will pump out in his headlining performance tomorrow.