It’s really been a blessing this year that any new music has been released. No matter whether it be a full length album, a single or an EP, just having fresh music has kept us going through this awful year. To start our look back over the best music released this year we start with the best EP’s, small in tracklist, big in bangers.
Amyl & The Sniffers – Live At The Croxton
A blistering live EP featuring songs from the bands critically acclaimed self-titled debut. A showcase of their raw power, and undisputed stage presence that has gained global attention for the Melbourne based 4 piece. Certainly makes us miss shows just that bit more. There’s certainly no muzzling these mutts.
Standout Track: Shake Ya ( Live At The Croxton)
Bambi – Unfolding
Dom Simper’s debut solo material is a testament to both his musical talent to not only bring nostalgic sounds into the modern day but also perfectly capture moments and feelings through the use of expressive and twirling synthesisers. Whether you’re listening on a summers day or winters evening, this EP will transport to a world more delicate and peaceful. Read our full interview with Dom here.
Standout Track: Élan Vital
Bdrmm – The Bedroom Tapes
An accompaniment EP to the Hull based Shoegaze bands standout debut album bedroom, read our full review here. Featuring stripped back live tracks recorded in isolation that showcase the band’s songwriting ability, not always needing the huge soundscapes they create, rather allowing the songs to express themselves in their simplest form. Also features some dancehall worthy remixes that give a different light to what can be done with the bands sound.
Standout Track: A Reason To Celebrate – Live
Bullion – We Had A Good Time
An EP that so closely understands landscape to texture; the traveller amongst the world. Animation of sounds across the release transcend instrument and rather mirror actions in the real world. Evoking sensations of freedom and wonder one moment (O Vermona and We Had A Good Time), whilst the next reflecting and muting the outside world to rather focus on our thoughts floating through the void (Hula.) We Had A Good Time is another entry into Bullion’s discography to establish him as one of the most diverse producers.
Standout Track: We Had A Good Time
DEWEY – Sóller, Pt. 1
The first half of DEWEY’s long awaited debut album sees the Brighton based singer-songwriter delve into dreamy soundscapes, emotionally captive songwriting and some truly great pop bangers. Produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey, this EP shows just how much of a future Fifi Dewey has as a solo artist and why the was absolutely worth it. Read our full interview with DEWEY here.
Standout Track: Is It Infatuation?
Faux Real – Faux Real
A long awaited full release for fans that does not disappoint in any way. Faux Real are the new fresh duo on the block with their unique take on avant-garde Indie pop. Whilst we’ve all got some time to ourselves there’s no better chance to have this on repeat and learn the accompanying dance routines. Read the full review here.
Standout Track: Second Sweat
Jadasea – About Time
Jadasea slides between states over the 5 tracks, from dense quietness to lonely highs. His tracks accentuate on the rhythms of his samples, chops at times seem almost liquid; which could seem surprising as each track is produced by different producers. Sounds move parallel to his words, his voice sinking into these collaged sounds, whilst on tracks like Moving Star, Jadasea soars above and comes out of the sunken state. Whichever state their in, Jadasea evokes sincerity in their words and sounds and produces yet another out of this world EP.
Standout Track: About Time
Jade Imagine – You Remind Me Of Something I Lost
An accompaniment EP to last years debut full length Basic Love, recorded during the same sessions. With elements of Krautrock and indie fused with ambient textures it makes for a succinct offering from the Melbourne based 5 piece that only expands their hypnotic sound, whilst still retaining their punchy songwriting ability. Read our full interview with Jade here.
Standout Track: Coastal Pines
The Japanese House – Chewing Cotton Wool
A deeply intimate and sonically vibrant EP from Amber Bain that is full of heartbreak and inspiration. Featuring Justin Vernon from Bon Iver on “Dionne” who’s distorted vocals juxatpose perfectly with Bain’s subtle falsetto. And contains one of the most hypnotically groovy songs of Bain’s discography “Something Has To Change”, this has been on repeat since it was originally released as a single last year.
Standout Track: Something Has To Change
Ovrkast – Try Again
In just 17 minutes, Ovrkast creates an honest and unbelievably grounding music experience. Lyricism is so truthful and the topics touched upon are ones that are well executed and explored; whilst being so insanely addictive. On top of this, the production across the 9 track is intricate and smooth. Vocals spin harmoniously with their instrumentals. This is a perfect release.
Standout track: Face
PVA – Toner
Labelled as “The party band we’ve all been waiting for“, PVA have assuredly earned themselves this label now delivering one of the most exciting and structurally challenging EP’s out there in the indie/ electronic/ techno/ whatever style the choose to fuse in next scene. From establishing themselves as a revered live act, they’ve now made their first mark in what is sure to be a bright and groove filled career in the world of recorded music. Read the full review here.
Standout Track: Exhaust/ Surroundings
Kurt Vile – Speed, Sound, Lonely KV
It only seems right that someone who’s so down to earth would get the chance to record with an artist who he’s long admired and payed homage to in his music, and has sadly now left this earth. John Prines’ legacy will live on through his vast catalogue of rich and tender music, but this EP serves as a reminder of his influence on not only country but modern indie music in general. Read the full review here.
Standout Track: Dandelions
Juan Wauters – Más Canciones de La Onda
Recorded by Wauters as he was traveling South American to write the critically acclaimed La Onda de Juan Pablo. “These songs are not B-sides or outtakes. These are songs I really like” says Wauters. And we really like them too. Full of vibrancy, hugely infatuating upbeat melodies and playful sounds.
Standout Track: Mi – Guitarra
The Worst Guys – Not So Bad
The debut release from Birmingham based hip-hop duo The Worst Guys sees them experiment in sonically expansive soundscapes and hard hitting grooves. Politically challenging and forward thinking lyrics spread their message of unity and acceptance in a perfect balance of passion and poignant delivery. Read our full interview with the duo here.
Standout Track: WHY U MAD
Y U QT – Buff Traxx 2
“You’re telling me they made a sequel to the best EP of 2019? That is absolute madness.” The QT’s were back in business this year, yet again proving they are the hottest UKG double act to be driving the revival. To capitalise their dubs, Buff Traxx 2 acts as a diverse representative for the producers yet again establishing that whatever sound they’re using, they will always be operating a wild party no doubt.
Standout Track: Can I Say