Once more, we've selected ten EPs that stood out in June. Discover them counting backwards from 10 to 1. Who'll take the biscuit?
Like every month, we give you an overview of the ten best singles and EPs of the past month, according to the PlayGround staff. Music released on short format which nevertheless has the same presence and transcendence as that released on LP. Here goes, counting backwards from 10 to 1.
10. Mordant Music: “Post-MorteM / ModeM” (Mordant Music)
The new 12” by Mordant Music, three years after the desolate “SyMptoMs”, goes deeper into the more complex, industrial and sharp side of Baron Mordant. Nothing we couldn't sense beforehand, but still whipping with surprise and pain.
9. Octo Octa: “Oh Love” (100% Silk)
Brooklyn producer Octo Octa returns with an exercise in deep-house and sounds inherited from the European raves of the 90s. Shining synths, pianos, playful vocals and a turn towards lower tempos: a hero of the new breed.
8. Untold: “Changes In A Dynamic Environment EP 2” (Hemlock Recordings)
Untold delivers the second instalment of his ambitious techno trilogy, “Change In a Dynamic Environment”, and establishes himself as a producer who knows exactly what he's doing, and where he wants to go: straight lines, polished sounds, and a great sense of space. There is a future.
7. Vatican Shadow: “September Cell” (Bed Of Nails)
Dominik Fernow continues in phenomenal shape, finally delivering the first 12” with new material by his project Vatican Shadow. It is increasingly focused on techno and with a cleaner sound, like a cosmic derivative of the Surgeon sound.
6. Pariah: “Rift EP” (R&S Records)
After a year and a half of silence, Pariah is back with three new bass explorations that show he hasn't lost his touch. However, he has lowered the intensity, delivering some slow pieces with a broad sound, sacrificing the beat.
5. Mistakes Are Ok: “Remixes” (Hivern Discs)
Mistakes Are OK, the new project by Stainboy, makes his debut on Hivern with a 12” of remixes from the album he'll release later this year. We haven't heard the originals yet, but the reworks by BNJMN, Kassem Mosse, and Downliners Sekt are amazing.
4. Sensate Focus: “Sensate Focus 5” (Sensate Focus)
Mark Fell brings us the second volume in his accessible, luminous series, Sensate Focus. Here he lets loose with the house influences that showed through in his previous works, coming closer and closer to the dance floor.
3. Howse: “Lay Hollow” (Tri Angle)
Nocturnal passages with moonlight and a wolf howling in the distance. Dense layers of ambient and poisoned nostalgia, with footwork rhythms underneath: Howse’s sound brings together different underground influences and harmonises them in a first-class debut EP.
2. Azealia Banks: “1991” (Interscope)
From now on, Azealia Banks' career could go anywhere. She could break onto the mainstream scene, or she could get burnt in her own battles with others, but one thing is certain: this first EP is a perfect brew of house, rap, and wonky beats. It would be stupid to deny that.
1. Kuedo: “Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space” (Planet Mu)
Kuedo breaks eight months of silence with a new track, highly cosmic sounding and influenced by footwork, as good as his visionary album of 2011. The track is accompanied by remixes by Laurel Halo and Claude Speed.