002 – live electronica

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to the second installment of my music blog, featuring my top picks from the eclectic world of electronica and more…

So this week I bring you my top live electronic artists from recent(ish) times…

First up a fine young man from Oxford, Orlando Higginbottom and his marvellous Jungle-meets-SynthPop music making exploits released under the guise of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
I’ve been going on about this band to anyone that will listen since I saw them live @ Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms, supporting Darwin Deez.
It was a live show which made me instantly fall in love with this band, and for one man and his lap-top (and the occasional guest appearance from the effervescent Louisa from Lulu and the Lampshades) that is quite an achievement. However, with a little help from some fancy dress, glitter cannons & dancing dinosaur go-go girls, the crowd (mainly cool looking wanna be art school kids) were going wild for the entirety of the set.
Favourites of radio DJ Annie Mac and supporting BeardyMan live are just a couple of other reasons that make me think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this guy in the future.

Standout tracks for me include ‘Household Goods’ @

and ‘Garden’ @

Next up the fabulous Terry Lynn, who first came to my attention when one of my musical idols, Tricky, sampled her on the album ‘Mixed Race’ in 2010 (his 9th studio album) for a track called “UK/Jamaican”. Check it out @

I then saw Jamaican born Terry Lynn live @ The Arches in Glasgow when she came over to the UK for the first time to supported Trick during the ‘Mixed Race’ tour, and she was brilliant! So full of energy and that spark of insanity that you always get at a Tricky gig.
It was just her (looking gloriously statuesque), her DJ, some of the heaviest bass I’ve heard in a long time and her amazing blend of dub based political hip hop. Her lyrics tell tales of her home town; gang killings & political corruption from Waterhouse (one of Kingston’s most impoverished areas) amongst them, and her fierce attitude makes the live performance make it onto my ‘not to be missed’ list.
Check out her performance of ‘KingstonLogic’ with a live band @

Find out more about Terry Lynn and listen to her new single (released 6/6/11) @

Finally, and probably most intriguing, Music for Flesh by Marco Donnarumma. Marco is a new media and sound artist, teacher and performer. Currently based in Edinburgh (but more often out the country than in) he is a fine electronic musician who has been a label mate (Dejine-Rec Japan), collaborator and friend of mine for a few years now.
Marco to me is a noise artist and I love his work as the S.A.D Dj (find out more @ http://marcodonnarumma.com/), but recently he has taken on a Masters @ Edinburgh Uni and has moved further into the world of open source software.
“Music for Flesh II is a solo sonic piece for augmented muscles sounds” and it has to been seen (& experienced) to be fully appreciated.
If you can check out Marco’s performance / workshops live you definitely should, but in the meantime have a look at this…
Marco live @

Marco hopes to reproduce the biosensing wearable devices for folks like you & me….watch this space.

This weekend:
11/6/11: Sacre Noir live @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh @

  1. oh man! Thanks a lot for your comments…
    The blog looks awesome and good inspiration on here, keep up the good work!

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