We have chosen the ten most outstanding EPs of May according to PlayGround. We will count them down to the leaders. Find out which one takes the gold.
The time has come to take stock of the other format, along with full-length works, that PlayGround’s record critics review: the EP. Here we have a countdown of the ten titles from the month of May that seemed the most complete, nourishing, and interesting.
10. Vessel: “Standard EP” (Left Blank)
The young Bristol producer known as Vessel has brought out his second EP for Left Blank, finding the space to bring together ethereal dub and arrhythmic house. The sounds of a distant rave broadcast through the fog.
9. Girl Unit: “Club Rez EP” (Night Slugs)
After a year and a half of silence, Girl Unit completes a double EP with plenty of cuts –as many as six– that are detached from dubstep and oriented towards a sort of gummy techno that pays homage to old-school electro-funk.
8. Bullion: “Love Me Oh Please Love Me” (DEEK)
From beatmaker to unorthodox pop musician. In this EP, Bullion completes the transformation from electronic alchemy and strange beats to sort of deformed, extravagant songs, surprising in their oddness and quality.
7. Aluna George: “You Know You Like It” (Tri Angle)
The duo AlunaGeorge bring us their first dose of sugary R&B with an indie alibi for the Tri Angle label: sexy beats, in their prime, and Aluna Francis’s voice, having taken a page from Aaliyah’s book. Catchy and with plenty of class.
6. LA Vampires by Octo Octa: “Freedom 2K” (100% Silk)
Amanda Brown culminates her collaborative project with Octo Octa in a record with five songs (and a remix) that reclaims the more naïf, virginal state of early-90s house-pop. Rave music for good-hearted hipsters.
5. Dream 2 Science: “Dream 2 Science EP” (Rush Hour)
A reissue of a hidden Holy Grail of the origins of deep house, it once again comes to us via Rush Hour. Dream 2 Science only released two EPs at the beginning of the 90s, but on them there was the essence of the most spiritual, cosmic house of the day (and today, as well).
4. DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell: “The Complete Spiral EP” (Comatonse)
Two activists of experimentation come together for a house project based on the early-90s NY sound, but with a promising updating of that sound. DJ Sprinkles and Mark Fell have shown that they have chemistry. When will we see an album?
3. Stay+: “Arem EP” (Ramp Recordings)
“Arem” is the first EP with completely new, previously-unreleased material from Stay+, and also the one that combines their chilly rave rhythms with a pop attitude most convincingly, without renouncing the mystery of their origins.
2. Luke Abbott: “Modern Driveway” (Notown)
Luke Abbott temporarily changes Border Community for Notown, but he doesn’t trade in any of his aesthetic features –colourful IDM and vintage analogue textures– or his moment of grace. He is at the top of current British electronica.
1. CFCF: “Exercises” (Paper Bag)
CFCF has slowed down his music, seeking a wider space, and “Exercises” foreshadows his most exciting, personal work so far, starting from the use of the piano and a singular approach to pop, New Age and Impressionism.