Best EPs of 2016

EPs are to albums what starters are to main courses. Or, at least, that’s how it has traditionally been. These days, EPs take all kinds of forms, from two-track 12” records to mini-albums.

In the past, I’ve included selected EPs within my main album round-up. Now it’s time I gave these releases a spotlight of their own.

Soultress Lianne La Havas, house artists Disclosure and Snakehips, rapper Lizzo, enigmatic R&B singer Abra, and so many more have released some superb EPs. As always, I wanted to include more – especially the aforementioned artists, as I have had many of their tracks on repeat this year. But here’s my choice selection of 10 which have stayed with me, and all offer something special in their own right.

10. Sinead Harnett – Sinead Harnett EP
9. Flawes – Ctrl EP
8. Shakka – The Island EP
7. Throwing Shade – House of Silk EP
6. Marie Dahlstrom – 0.0 EP
5. Kojey Radical – 23Winters EP
4. Jodie Abacus – For Real Life and Not Pretend EP
3. Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW EP
2. Jorja Smith – Project 11 EP
1. Kesley Lu – Church EP
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Jam of the Week: Snakehips – Overtime (ft. Sasha Keable)

Snakehips - Forever Pt II EP artwork (870x489)Just when you thought dance music had nowhere left to go after the likes of Disclosure, Gorgon City and Bondax had had their way with it, London duo, Snakehips, has a fresh take. Ripping and reconstituting vintage R&B grooves into warped combinations of boom bap and breakbeat is their game. They’re efforts to date include the cosmic ‘Days with You (feat. Sinead Harnett)’ and the sparky ‘On & On’, which have both been making the rounds on the club scene. Continue reading