TEED: “Very few dance albums have stood the test of time”

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While talking up his forthcoming debut LP Trouble, UK producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has had to answer to why it’s taken him so long to release a full-length album. A few years and five EPs after hitting the scene, TEED’s Orlando Higginbottom has explained that the wait for his debut album is down to his concern that “very few dance albums have stood the test of time”.

Speaking to Fact magazine, the headpiece-adorned Brit expressed his belief that making a dance album with longevity is no mean feat. “The main challenge I set myself was to make a dance album with some shelf-life”, he explained. “It seems that there have been very few dance albums in dance music history that have stood the test of any time at all. It’s always been about individual tracks.”

Of course, Higginbottom’s not the first to raise the thorny matter of whether dance music needs albums. Around this time last year, we got stuck into the issue and collected the $0.02 of several producers. Among them was local Sam La More, who sounded the death knell and declared “the album is dead, man”. But that’s not an opinion shared by everyone – speaking to inthemix earlier this month, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor defended the prospects of LPs. “Maybe it’s out dated, maybe it’s outmoded, but I still like them myself. So I don’t want to give up on them just because of the invention of mp3s and iTunes and Spotify and shorter attention spans,” Taylor explained. “You just have to hope there are still some people who really enjoy it despite all of that.”

At any rate, we can gauge whether Trouble is destined to stand the test of time when it’s released next month, on June 11.


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