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The Best EPs Of 2012 (So Far)

A selection of the extended plays that stole our hearts in 2012, at the mid-point of the year

After the best record sleeves of 2012 so far, now it's time to take a look at the crop of EPs from the first six months of this year. Here are 40 titles that you should take into consideration.

After the record sleeves, it's time to talk about the songs (in the other list we're publishing today) and EPs. You know that here at PlayGround, we give much love to the EP format - a proper artist or band cannot live on albums alone - and the truth is there's a huge amount of material to choose from. It will be even harder at the end of the year, but already, making the selection of 40 titles for the first six months was a tough task: the quality level is very high this year, on many different fronts.

So here goes, our selection for January-July, to give you an idea of what material to consider and stock-up on. In December we'll do the ranked lists, for now you can do your homework with the selections in chronological order.

Todd Terje: “It's The ARPs EP” (Smalltown Supersound)

Machinedrum: “SXLND” (LuckyMe)

23rd January

Review

Rrose: “Artificial Light (1969-1909)” (Sandwell District)

30th January

Review

MadTeo: “Bugler Gold Pt. 1” (Hinge Finger)

30th January

Review

Stay+: “Fuck Christian Aids EP” (Ramp Recordings)

6th February

Review

Burial: “Kindred EP” (Hyperdub)

13th February

Review

Shed: “The Praetorian / RQ-170” (50 Weapons)

17th February

Review

Lapalux: “When You're Gone EP” (Brainfeeder)

23rd February

Review

LHF: “EP 3. Cities Of Technology” (Keysound Recordings)

27th February

Review

Todd Edwards: “Shall Go EP” (Body High)

13th March

Review

Emeralds: “Does It Look Like I'm Here? (Daphni Remixes)” (Jialong)

19th March

Review

Dream Continuum: “Reworkz EP” (Planet Mu)

2nd April

Review

Mistakes Are OK: “Remixes” (Hivern)

Sensate Focus: “Sensate Focus 10” (Sensate Focus)

2nd April

Review

AlunaGeorge: “You Know You Like It” (Tri Angle)

Beaumont: “Never Love Me EP” (Hotflush Recordings)

Anstam: “First Sprout EP” (50 Weapons)

Bullion: “Love Me Oh Please Love Me” (DEEK)

CFCF: “Exercises” (Paper Bag)

Girl Unit: “Club Rez EP” (Night Slugs)

Jack Dixon: “You Won't Let Me EP” (Apollo)

7th May

Review

Mark Leckey: “Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore” (The Death Of Rave)

Luke Abbott: “Modern Driveway” (Notown)

21st May

DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell: “The Complete Spiral EP” (Comatonse)

21st May

Jon Convex: “Lied To Be Loved” (3024)

LA Vampires by Octo Octa: “Freedom 2K” (100% Silk)

Azealia Banks: “1991” (Interscope)

29th May

Pariah: “Rift EP” (R&S Records)

Vatican Shadow: “September Cell” (Bed Of Nails)

Old Apparatus: “Derren EP” (Sullen Tone)

Untold: “Change In A Dynamic Environment pt. 2” (Hemlock Recordings)

Howse: “Lay Hollow” (Tri Angle)

Kuedo: “Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space” (Planet Mu)

25th June

Review

Blawan: “Long Distance Open Water Worker” (Black Sun Records)

Julio Bashmore: “Au Sève” (Broadwalk Records)

Nguzunguzu: “Warm Pulse EP” (Hippos In Tanks)

3rd July

Disclosure: “The Face EP” (Greco-Roman)

Joy Orbison: “Ellipsis” (Hinge Finger)

12th July

John Roberts: “Paper Frames” (Dial)

17th July

TNGHT: “TNGHT EP” (LuckyMe-Warp)

23rd July

Review

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