Artist Of The Day: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Pretty much everything about Orlando Higginbottom suggests a gimmick. Whether it's his comedic stage name, performances in dinosaur costumes or the ludicrous headdresses that he sports in photo shoots, there seems little reason to take the Oxford-based producer seriously. Delve beyond first impressions, however, and it becomes increasingly difficult not to fall for the 26-year-old, whose eccentric persona has often masked the outstanding talent at his disposal. Having been preceded by a trio of impressive EP's, debut album Trouble all but confirms Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs as an exciting and credible force in electronic music. Its take on house is fresh, vibrant, and above all else fun, making for an ideal summer spin and fully justifying the lavish sideshow. What's more, it manages to remain credibly consistent whilst also boasting clear standouts, something which speaks volumes of the heights that TEED is capable of reaching at his best. Don't judge this record by its cover; far from being throwaway and juvenile, Trouble is in fact one of the finest and most accomplished debuts that 2012 has mustered thus far.