Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Imagine your name was Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbotham. Try to imagine what that would be like, having a 12-syllable name. Now imagine trying to start a DJ career with this cumbersome, overblown monstrosity of a moniker. You would shorten it, wouldn’t you, to something more catchy. Something shorter, snappier, and more memorable, like Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

To his credit, the Oxford producer hasn’t been held back by either of his gigantic names – on the contrary, in fact. A masher-upper of high-intensity, bassy house and electro, he plays with a boundless energy and playful sensibility that makes him supremely likeable. He’s on at the Sub Club tonight with Show residents Cian McKenzie and Dylan Smith, and it should be a huge amount of fun.

Tomorrow sees a return to Glasgow for Nastia, the Kiev-based DJ who – to put it lightly – has kicked it up a notch of late, rising from the Ukrainian underground to international acclaim seemingly out of nowhere. The straight-talking, Dostoyevsky-reading, record label-running, former Miss Ukraine contestant has come a long way from the days when she was known as DJ Beauty – she can string a crowd along for hours expertly, with rolling tech-house, drum and bass and dubstep sprinkles and driving techno all in her locker. Support comes from Sensu’s Alan Belshaw, so expect techno vibes all night long.

It’s one thing being known as the First Lady of Detroit Techno, but to use that as a stepping stone to First Lady of Detroit? The remarkable Kelli Hand made just that move, and on Saturday, Subculture roll out the red carpet for for her first state visit since she was officially given the honour. The pioneering techno artist was bestowed the title by Detroit City Council in a ceremony last July, citing her skills as a businesswoman and multimedia artist in a male-dominated industry. An incredible artist who has always been quite ahead of her time, witnessing one of K-Hand’s sterling sets is like experiencing dance music in its purest form. Support, as ever, comes from the evergreen Harri and Domenic.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, tonight, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £12

Nastia, tomorrow, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £10

Subculture with K-Hand, Saturday, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £5


You’ll have heard CamelPhat’s recent hit Cola – it’s a low-key house earworm that hit the Top 40 towards the end of last year, making the crossover from club banger to pop mainstay with ease. You might not know that it was supposed to be “a dark indie record” – its creators, Liverpool club kids Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala, made it in a freezing cold studio in the depths of a grey London winter, and it somehow ended up a crushing modern dance anthem. You can catch for yourself some of that joyous uncertainty at SWG3 tomorrow night, when they play all night long in the venue’s TV Studio.

CamelPhat, tomorrow, SWG3, 10pm – 2am, £17

Young Marco

A product of Amsterdam’s underground dance scene, Young Marco now plies his trade as an international crate-digger, record collector and party starter of note. He’s the headliner on Saturday night as Melting Pot returns to its spiritual home, The Admiral, to celebrate 17 years of superior disco, funk, and audio snobbery.

Melting Pot with Young Marco, Saturday, The Admiral, 11pm – 3am, £10


“Clouds get the troops taught with lessons in devastation,” promises the promo for this Hawkchild DIY night at the Art School tomorrow. Makers of “sludge techno” infused with hints of hardcore and rave, the Scots duo specialise in a powerful, heady, pummeling brand of electronic music that takes no prisoners. They’re backed up by Koran and Aidan, otherwise known as the Animal Farm Young Team. Appearances at the likes of Pressure and have elevated them above the mass of competitors in the Glasgow scene; it also helps that they sound like they’re “stuck somewhere between industrial electronics and the wrong side of YouTube" – a singular musical vision that would set any artist apart.

Clouds, tomorrow, The Art School, 11pm – 3am, £11