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The best EPs of 2011 (so far)

A guide to the best EPs from the first half of this year

We continue with our overview of the most relevant records of 2011 so far. After yesterday's list of Best Albums, today we focus on the EPs and 12”s. As we said yesterday, we do not suggest this list is definitive (there will be no number ones until December). Rather, it is a guide to what has been going on so far, so that we can find some order in the chaos. We don’t know what will happen at the end of the year, but we do know that the 50 EPs listed below in chronological order, have been worth every penny we paid for them.

Julio Bashmore: “ Everyone Needs A Theme Tune” (PMR Records) LHF: “EP2: The Line Path” (Keysound Recordings) 1 7th January 2 4th January Julio Bashmore: “Everyone Needs A Theme Tune” (PMR Records) LHF: “EP2: The Line Path” (Keysound Recordings) Objekt: “ Objekt #1”(Objekt) Objekt: “ Objekt #2”(Objekt) 1 7th January 2 0th May Objekt: “Objekt #1”(Objekt Objekt: “Objekt #2”(Objekt) FaltyDL: “Hip Love” (Ramp Recordings) Old Apparatus: “Old Apparatus” (Deep Medi) 31 st January 31 st January FaltyDL: “Hip Love” (Ramp Recordings) Old Apparatus: “Old Apparatus” (Deep Medi) Brain Machine: “Alpha Beta Gamma” (Titan’s Halo Recordings) Shackleton: “Deadman” / “Fireworks” (Honest Jon’s Records) 7 th February 14 th February Brain Machine: “Alpha Beta Gamma” (Titan’s Halo Recordings) Shackleton: “Deadman” / “Fireworks” (Honest Jon’s Records) Funkystepz: “Fuller / Hurricane Riddim” (Hyperdub) BNJMN: “Plastic World ” (Rush Hour Direct Current) 14 th February 21 st February Funkystepz: “Fuller / Hurricane Riddim” (Hyperdub) BNJMN: “Plastic World” (Rush Hour Direct Current) Maria Minerva: “Noble Savage” (100% Silk) Kassem Mosse: “ Workshop 12” (Workshop) 28 th February 28 th February Maria Minerva: “Noble Savage” (100% Silk) Kassem Mosse: “Workshop 12” (Workshop) Actress: “ Harrier ATTK / Gershwin” (Nonplus+) Lone: “ Echolocations EP” (R&S Recordings) 7 th March 7 th March Actress: “Harrier ATTK / Gershwin” (Nonplus+) Lone: “Echolocations EP” (R&S Recordings) Blawan: “ Bohla EP” (R&S Recordings) Joy O: “ Wade In / Jels” (Hotflush Recordings) 7 th March 7 th March Blawan: “Bohla EP” (R&S Recordings) Joy O: “Wade In / Jels” (Hotflush Recordings) Addison Groove: “Work It / Sexual” (Swamp 81) Four Tet / Daphni: “ Pinacles / Ye Ye” (Text Records) 9 th March 21 st March Addison Groove: “Work It / Sexual” (Swamp 81) Four Tet / Daphni: “Pinacles / Ye Ye” (Text Records) Koreless: “ 4D / MTI” (Pictures Music) Ekoplekz: “Fountain Square EP” (Mordant Music) 21 st March 21 st March Koreless: “4D / MTI” (Pictures Music) Ekoplekz: “Fountain Square EP” (Mordant Music) Burial: “ Street Halo” (Hyperdub) Maurice Donovan: “ Babeh / Satisfied” (The House Sound Of SSSSS) 28 th March 30 th March Burial: “Street Halo” Maurice Donovan: “Babeh / Satisfied” (The House Sound Of SSSSS) Todd Terje: “ Ragysh” (Running Back) Tropic Of Cancer: “The Sorrow Of Two Blooms” (Blackest Ever Black) 5 th April 25 th April Todd Terje: “Ragysh” (Running Back) Tropic Of Cancer: “The Sorrow Of Two Blooms” (Blackest Ever Black) Leyland Kirby: “ Intrigue & Stuff vol. 1 (History Always Favours The Winners) Leyland Kirby: “ Intrigue & Stuff vol. 2 (History Always Favours The Winners) 25 th April 11 th July Leyland Kirby: “Intrigue & Stuff vol. 1” Leyland Kirby: “Intrigue & Stuff vol. 2” Downliners Sekt: “ Meet The Decline” (Disboot) John Talabot: “ Families EP” (Young Turks) 29 th April 9 th May Downliners Sekt: “Meet The Decline” (Disboot) John Talabot: “Families EP” (Young Turks) Andy Stott: “ Passed Me By” (Modern Love) Lory D: “ Strange Days vol. 1” (Numbers) 12 th May 23 rd May Andy Stott: “Passed Me By” (Modern Love) Lory D: “Strange Days vol. 1” (Numbers) Kingdom / Girl Unit: “Ride It Every Time / Fogs” (Night Slugs) Anstam: “ Baldwin / Carmichael” (Fifty Weapons) 30 th May 30 th May Kingdom / Girl Unit: “Ride It Every Time / Fogs” (Night Slugs) Anstam: “Baldwin / Carmichael” (Fifty Weapons) Bok Bok: “ Southside EP” (Night Slugs) Holy Other: “ With U” (Tri Angle) 31 st May 6 th June Bok Bok: “Southside EP” (Night Slugs) Holy Other: “With U” (Tri Angle) Gillette: “ Gillette” (100% Silk) Jamie xx: “ Far Nearer / Beat For” (Numbers) 6 th June 6 th June Gillette: “Gillette” (100% Silk) Jamie xx: “Far Nearer / Beat For” (Numbers) Mathew Jonson: “ Learning To Fly” (M_nus) Ossie: “ Set The Tone” (Hyperdub) 13 th June 20 th June Mathew Jonson: “Learning To Fly” (M_nus) Ossie: “Set The Tone” (Hyperdub) Babe Rainbow: “ Endless Path EP” (Warp) Laurel Halo: “ Hour Logic” (Hippos In Tanks) 20 th June 21 st June Babe Rainbow: “Endless Path EP” (Warp) Laurel Halo: “Hour Logic” (Hippos In Tanks) Beaumont: “ Blush Response” (Kinnego Records) George Fitzgerald: “Silhouette EP” (Aus Music) 27 th June 27 th June Beaumont: “Blush Response” (Kinnego Records) George Fitzgerald: “Silhouette EP” (Aus Music) Clams Casino: “ Rainforest” (Tri Angle) Rrose: “ Primary Evidence” (Sandwell District) 27 th June 4 th July Clams Casino: “Rainforest” (Tri Angle) Rrose: “Primary Evidence” (Sandwell District) Hype Williams: “ Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol. II” (Hyperdub) Sir Stephen: “ By Design EP” (100% Silk) 4 th July 11 th July Hype Williams: “Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol. II” (Hyperdub) Sir Stephen: “By Design EP” (100% Silk) Nguzunguzu: “ Times Up EP” (Hotflush) Miles: “ Facets EP” (Modern Love) 11 th July 11 th July Nguzunguzu: “Times Up EP” (Hotflush) Miles: “Facets EP” (Modern Love) FunkinEven: “ Rolands Jams” (Eglo Records) Tevo Howard: “Pandora’s Box” (Hour House Is Your Rush) 11 th July 11 th July FunkinEven: “Rolands Jams” (Eglo Records) Tevo Howard: “Pandora’s Box” (Hour House Is Your Rush) LA Vampires goes Ital: “Streetwise” (Not Not Fun) Unknown: “ Sicko Cell / Knock Knock” (Swamp 81) 11th July 25th July LA Vampires goes Ital: “Streetwise” (Not Not Fun) Unknown: “Sicko Cell / Knock Knock” (Swamp 81) After the Best Albums of 2011 so far, today we take a look at the crop of EPs - from the first half of this year - that were worth every penny.

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