This Sunday, the 24th of June, BBC 6 Music and The Hype Machine will be coming together to unveil the top 25 artists of 2012 so far in the Music Blog Zeitgeist. As a part of this they asked a group of bloggers, including myself, to write about three of our favourite acts of 2012 now that we are midway through the year. This is obviously proving a difficult task for me as I’m the most indecisive person in the world.
However, one artist that leapt out without the need for too much contemplation was Orlando Higginbottom, aka. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. aka. TEED. Dazzlingly minimalist rhythmical beats with soaring, euphoric synths rushing around Higginbottom’s straight-faced but surprisingly sweet vocals and stunningly tentative lyrics (“I could be the dog to your bone…or something”), there is something very subtle, relaxed and strangely visceral about this sublime brand of dance music.
While he’s been around for the past few years, 2012 has seen TEED releasing his much lauded debut album, ‘Trouble’. The album showcases clever, exciting tunes that gently burrow their way into your head, slowly building up in rich, wonderful layers of sonic delight that all but force you to dance. Jerky but smooth, energised but fragile there is, at times, something otherworldly about TEED’s music.
He’s also incredible live, and when you’re lost in the sea of the crowd he makes it so easy to lose yourself in his bizarre and beautiful labyrinth of sounds.
And even though it’s an aside from his music, it definitely adds to his general appeal that Higginbottom has some amazing style; there is no denying that is some headdress.