Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are arguably the most talked about UK artist at the moment but it’s been a slow rise to fame for 27 year old, Orlando Higginbottom. Remixes for the likes of Katy Perry and Darwin Deez as well as EP releases Prehistory and Prehistory 2 built the initial hype for the young house producer and paved the way for his debut LP Trouble.
It’s a minute into the first track ‘Promises’ before we hear the first real beats and the intention of what the rest of the record will hold. The bouncy house production and Orlando’s soft vocals combine to make a great introduction and give a glimpse to the energy that the remaining 13 tracks hold.
It’s quite an intense listen with ‘You Need Me On My Own’ and ‘Fair’ as the only calmer songs on the record, but the pace is instantly picked back up on the next track. Orlando’s voice and the consistently brilliant house production carry throughout the record and when the final beats ring out on ‘Stronger’ you’re left wondering how TEED managed to stay under the radar for as long as they did.
It’s hard to pick out a particular highlight, as it really is an album of brilliance but ‘Household Goods’ is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year with an intense drop and awesome layers of sound running throughout the three and a half minutes. ‘American Dream Pt.2′ and ‘Trouble’ also stood out for me as exceptional songs on the record and an ode to the talent that this young producer has.
I think that this will stand out as one of the best dance releases of the year and if TEED can carry on releasing phenomenal songs then I don’t think it will be very long until he’s playing to vast amounts of people around the world. Frankly this is an outstanding album and although it may not cater to everyone’s taste it still deserves at least a listen, even if it’s just to marvel at the potential that this man possesses.
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