Orlando Higginbottom was born tomorrow (mindfuck, I know) exactly 28 years ago (sigh). Don’t get me wrong, this is indeed a birthday post of sorts, but it is also a tipping of the hat to one a gentleman who changed the playing field of electronic music in last half of the decade. Better know as TEED or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, this young talent from Oxford, has proven himself a dinosaur worthy of survival. I’m going to be really honest with you at this point, and tell you one thing I truly like about TEED: he has extensive musical education. Many will roll their eyes, but in all honesty, real musicians don’t pop out of the soil or grow on trees. Respectable people in the field know their theory and that’s why they can go beyond and create something beautiful. TEED not only grew under the influence of his father, the choir director of New College at Oxford University, but furthermore, he had experience as a music teacher for some time. The mind-blowing thing, and the reason why his birthday and general existence makes me so happy, is the fact that he chose electronic music.
Now let’s get down to specifics, namely the tracks featured below which take us through the magical journey that is TEED.
Household Goods begins with a build-up that very few electronic, and any other pieces for that matter achieve to create. There’s no easy way of describing this progression in written language, but I’ll give it a shot anyways. At a first glance, the beginning synth line seems to progress in ascending tonality, but upon close listening you can catch the dissonance in the notes. The tempo is purposefully out of place, every note hits at precisely almost the right time: organized chaos. TEED masterfully assembles complexity into a false sense of simplicity. He disguises the intricacies within fleeting moments of perfectly rehearsed imperfection. It stimulates the brain without you ever noticing. One might ask how does he achieve this? The answer, I would say, is through the vocals. The melody of the vocals gift-wraps and ties-up his musical argument by neatly blurring the synth progression just enough so that it becomes ambiguously hard to decipher the ‘sampling’ (if you will) that TEED performs on the chromatic scale, which he basically rearranges at discretion. The point I guess, is for the listener to not realize that by taking something so simple, so pristine, and minimally corrupting it in a methodological fashion, the yield will be inexplicably beautiful, a new realm for the senses. But don’t take my fanatically obsessed word for it, go give the track a listen and you’ll hopefully realize what I’m talking about.
All of this being said, Household Goods has been one of my favorite songs since the release of the album Trouble back in June of 2012. As for the rest of the songs on this post, I can 100% guarantee you, they will blow your mind. TEED’s versatility is well accounted for in them, reason why I also included one of his best known remixes up to date along with a historical boiler room in 2013, where he infused his electro sounds with samples from the east. Spoiler alert… Indian Bollywood classic “Urvasi Urvasi”!