We selected the ten EPs that impressed us the most in April. Discover them from 10 to 1, and find out who takes the cake.
It's time to take stock of the extended plays released in April. Here are ten titles we find to be the most complete, nourishing and interesting that we received last month.
10. Dark Sky: “Black Rainbows” (Black Acre)
Dark Sky, one of the most precise, dynamic trios of the latest batch of British bass music, delivers complex new designs created with mutant dubstep and UK funky. An impeccable 2x12”, it is among the month’s best.
9. King Felix: “Spring” (Liberation Technologies)
Laurel Halo debuts under a new alias, King Felix, in order to continue with her sonic adventures aimed at the dance floor. On “Spring” she plays with juke rhythms, techno textures and ambient experiments, leaving a very good aftertaste.
8. King Britt: “Presents Fhloston Paradigm” (Hyperdub)
King Britt moves away from house and, with his new project, Fhloston Paradigm, experiments with warm analogue instrumentation, cinematic moods and long durations in a complex combination of ambient layers and deep beats.
7. Anstam: “First Sprout EP” (50Weapons)
Anstam's 2011 album is continued with “First Sprout”, three slices of irregular IDM with some elements of dirty techno, free jazz and digital experimentation. Brilliant, as always.
6. oOoOO: “Our Loving Is Hurting Us” (Tri Angle)
On this follow-up EP, oOoOO walks a path similar to that of his debut. R&B tempos and ghostly atmospheres, refined this time, on five tracks like dreams or nightmares.
5. Magic Mountain Hight: “Workshop xx” (Workshop)
Move D and Juju & Jordash team up on new vinyl references on Workshop: three unpolished, rough house and techno tracks with no titles or further information, for club purists.
4. Dream Continuum: “Reworkz EP” (Planet Mu)
Om Unit and Machinedrum release the first three tracks of Dream Continuum, a double-headed project fusing the fast rhythms of drum’n’bass and the concise, surgical breaks of Chicago footwork.
3. Vatican Shadow: “Iraqi Praetorian Guard” (Blackest Ever Black)
Two tracks taken from his first tape and an asphyxiating Regis remix are on this record by Dominik Fernow on Blackest Ever Black. Terror and cold sweat.
2. Beaumont: “Never Love Me EP” (Hotflush)
Beaumont joins Hotflush with an EP that confirms the greatness suggested on his debut, also reinforcing the dialogue between his beloved eighties and certain dynamics of modern bass music.
1. Sensate Focus: “Sensate Focus 10” (Sensate Focus)
Sensate Focus, the new Editions Mego house subsidiary, kicks off with a four-track vinyl, apparently produced by Mark Fell, on which crystal melodies float over a bed of abstract rhythms. Arty record of the month.