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The best EPs of 2011 (so far)

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

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The best EPs of 2011 (so far)

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)

17th January

24th  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)

17th January

20th May

Objekt: “Objekt #1”(Objekt

Objekt: “Objekt #2”(Objekt)


FaltyDL: “Hip Love” (Ramp Recordings)

Old Apparatus: “Old Apparatus” (Deep Medi)

31st January

31st 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)

7th February

14th 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)

14th February

21st February

Funkystepz: “Fuller / Hurricane Riddim” (Hyperdub) BNJMN: “Plastic World” (Rush Hour Direct Current)


Maria Minerva: “Noble Savage” (100% Silk)

Kassem Mosse: “Workshop 12” (Workshop)

28th February

28th February

Maria Minerva: “Noble Savage” (100% Silk) Kassem Mosse: “Workshop 12” (Workshop)


Actress: “Harrier ATTK / Gershwin” (Nonplus+)

Lone: “Echolocations EP” (R&S Recordings)

7th March

7th 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)

7th March

7th 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)

9th March

21st 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)

21st March

21st 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)

28th March

30th 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)

5th April

25th 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)

25th April

11th 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)

29th April

9th 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)

12th May

23rd 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)

30th May

30th 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)

31st May

6th June

Bok Bok: “Southside EP” (Night Slugs) Holy Other: “With U” (Tri Angle)

Gillette: “Gillette” (100% Silk)

Jamie xx: “Far Nearer / Beat For” (Numbers)

6th June

6th June

Gillette: “Gillette” (100% Silk) Jamie xx: “Far Nearer / Beat For” (Numbers)

Mathew Jonson: “Learning To Fly” (M_nus)

Ossie: “Set The Tone” (Hyperdub)

13th June

20th 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)

20th June

21st 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)

27th June

27th June

Beaumont: “Blush Response” (Kinnego Records) George Fitzgerald: “Silhouette EP” (Aus Music)

Clams Casino: “Rainforest” (Tri Angle)

Rrose: “Primary Evidence” (Sandwell District)

27th June

4th 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)

4th July

11th 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)

11th July

11th 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)

11th July

11th 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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