‘Inhaler’ is the first release from Holy Fire, the hotly anticipated third album from the Oxford five-piece. Fans of Foals’ previous work will admire the typical, raw falsetto sounds of Yannis Philippakis’ vocals, the pulsating rhythm and that alternative indie-rock vibe they carry out so well. Yes, the denim-clad, bobble hat wearing titans of indie-pop are well and truly back. Though this time, it seems, they’ve grown-up a little. Gone are the bouncing indie kid riffs of the likes of ‘Cassius’, and in its place is a filthy bass line and a sick chorus, hailing of mid-90s industrial metal.
The characteristic riffs are still there though; clearly heard in the opening twenty seconds, Jimmy Smith’s guitar tickles in the metronome-like fashion you’d expect after hearing the whimsical notes in songs like ‘Balloon’. It’s a belter of a track with a full blown, unforgettable chorus.
That said, don’t expect the beauty of ‘Spanish Sahara’, or the intelligence of my own personal favourite, ‘This Orient’. ‘Inhaler’ has a whole different sound to it; more hard-hitting and punky. The lyrics aren’t particularly thought-provoking, mostly consisting of well-worn phrases (“sticks and stones break my bones/lock and load/I shimmy shake/I wake and bake”). But the music itself is clever and original. Whilst it may not quite reach the heights of their previous singles it’s still pretty damn cool; it makes you want to don your black skinny genes and slouch down the street whilst Philippakis roars in your ears.
I personally can’t wait to hear the new album, which drops in early February next year. It promises to be somewhat different to their old stuff, but special all the same. For those who can’t wait till then, the band is currently on tour in the UK – check out this website for more details.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is a one-man electro dance band run by oxford-based Orlando Higgenbottom. He owns nine dinosaur outfits and is often sporting some kind of avant-garde feathered Indian headdress. Ok, just give me a minute just to digest that please.
This all sounds a bit mental. For a start Orlando Higgenbottom sounds more like the name of a Harry Potter character rather than a totally cool dance music producer. But these eccentric characteristics are just part of why he’s so brilliant.
Hailed by Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Nick Grimshaw, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or TEED as he’s respectively known) is roaring onto the electro dance scene. And he’s creating a storm. With 60k+ reviews on soundcloud in his first week, he’s been swiftly called in for ‘remix duty’ as one reviewer put it, beginning with Lady Gaga’s ‘Marry the Night’. And he’s just getting started. As he nears the end of his sold out UK tour, his summer will be spent playing prime time slots at Bestival and Rockness and a six stop tour of Germany.
Far from prehistoric, his style is an evolutionary combination of electro beats with melancholic lyrics, a similar genre-defying sound like Passion Pit, Cassius and the more recent Azari and iii. His upcoming single, ‘Tapes and Money’ can only be described as ‘a total tune’. Beginning with a blast of synth riffs, some slinky beats and his deadpan vocals similar to those of Hot Chip quickly hit in. It moves fast, building up layers until it hits a kaleidoscopic chorus. Then he pauses, just for a moment, creating that tingling suspense, before beginning quietly again, until it bursts into an explosion of trippy synth riffs. It’s a track that keeps quietly nudging you to dance. He’s far from going extinct. In fact, I reckon he’s just getting started in the ever evolving whirlwind of electronic dance.
All Alone (Alex Metric Vocal) Splittr
Arena (MK’s Very Clubby Mix) Mark Knight and Funkagenda, Paul Thomas
Boyz (The Twelves Remix M.I.A
Dance Me In (JD Twitch And The Truffle Club Optimo Mix) Sons & Daughters
dirt on the wire Console
monsterbaze Steve Bug vs. DJ T.
North American Scum (Kris Menace Remix) LCD Soundsystem
Forced (Streetlife DJs Cut N Run Dub) Cagedbaby
wembley (original mix)
D.A.N.C.E (nt89 remix) Justice
Dirty Little Girl Awggie
L.E.S. Artistes (Left/Right Remix) Santogold
The Sound Of Violence (Tiefsch Cassius
Dance (Extended Mix) Justice
Liquid Room Woody
I Love It (Cagedbaby Remix) Sneaky Sound System
grab my shaft Louie Austen
Descend (Tronik Youth Remix) New Young Pony Club
supa funk – come back
Toop Toop _(Mr Oizo Mix) Cassius
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