The Best EP’s of 2017


 

The first instalment of NoSA’s annual end-of-the-year review. The best EP’s, mini albums and singles of 2017.

30. Baltra – Rendezvous


29. Bernice – Puff (alternative, electronic, pop)


28. ANOHNI – Paradise (electronic, pop, queer)

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27. Suumoo – Wojna (alternative)


26. Maii & Zeid – Ehdefni (arabic, indie, pop) [listen on Soundcloud]

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25. Ross From Friends – You’ll Understand (lo-fi, deep house)


24. Benoit Pioulard – Slow Spark , Slow Spoke (drone, ambient)


23. Seb Wildwood – The One With Emoticon (deep house)


22. Farah – The Only Ones (electronic, indie, pop)

 [Listen on Soundcloud]

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21. Jimi Tenor & Freestyle Man – Sleepover EP (nujazz)

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20. Cairobi – Inside Your World (indie)


19. Seramic – I Got You EP (disco, funk)


18. Buddy – Oceans & Montana (electronic, hip-hop)


17. Tennis – We Can Die Happy (indie, pop)


16. Jamie Lidell – Extended Beginnings (alternative, r’n’b) [listen on Soundcloud]

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15. Olivier St Louis – Ever Since The Fall (soul)

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14. Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar (experimental, electronic, oriental)


13. Gavin Turek – Good Look For You (soul, r’n’b)


12. Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading (pop, indie, electronic)

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[listen on Soundcloud]


11. Boy Harsher – Westerners (dance, electro)


10. Fit of Body – Healthcare (deep house)

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9. David Bowie – No Plan (alternative, rock)


8. The Atomic Band – Plays The Music of William Onyeabor


7. Love Deluxe – Silk Mirage (electronic, deep house)


6. Cut Worms – Alien Sunset (indie, folk)

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5. Yaeji – EP 2 (electronic, deep house)

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4. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference (jazz)

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[Preview on Soundcloud]


3. CCFX – CCFX EP (alternative, guitar, grunge)

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2. The Blaze – Territory

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[Listen on Spotify]


1. Yaeji – Yaeji (Godmode)

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NSA’s Top 25 Albums Of 2015


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25. Emily King – The Switch ( USA //Making Music Records// pop, soul)

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24. The Amazing – Picture You (Sweden // Partisan Records // vintage rock) [listen here]

 

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23. Jamie XX – In Colour (UK // Young Turks Recordings // electronic) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Gosh, Seesaw, Sleep Sound, Girl

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22. Nils Frahm – Late Night Tales (Night Time Stories // ambient, compilation) [listen here]

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21. Jam City – Dream A Garden (UK // Night Slugs // electronic, pop)

Best tracks: Unhappy, Crisis

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20. Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash – Cool Uncle (USA // Fresh Young Minds/Empire // soul, pop)

19. Olafur Arlands & Nils Frahm – Collaborative Works (Iceland/Germany // Erased Tapes Records // instrumental, neo-classical) 

Best Tracks: Four, Wide Open, Life Story;


 

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18. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur, The Rajasthan Express – Junun (UK/India/Israel // Nonesuch Records // world)


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17. Chungking – Defender (UK // self-released // electronic pop)

Best Tracks: Jonny, Beautiful World, Sapphire


 

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16. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (USA // Rough Trade // blues, rock)

Best Tracks: Future People, Guess Who, Gimme All You Love

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15. Willow – Ardipithecus (USA // Roc Nation // urban, soul, hip-hop)

Best Tracks: IDK, Wait A Minute, Star;

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14. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (USA // Dead Oceans // folk)

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13. The Shoes – Chemicals (France // Green United Music //  indie, dance)

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12. Ryan Adams – 1989 (USA// PaxAmericana Recording // covers, alternative) [listen here]

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11. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (USA // Sub Pop // alternative, singer-songwriter) 

Best tracks: Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins), Ideal Husband, True Affection;


 

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10. Björk – Vulnicura ( Iceland // One Little Indian // electronic, experimental) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Stonemilker, Lionsong;


 

9. Four Tet – Morning/Evening (UK // TEXT // electronic)

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8. Floating Points – Elaenia ( UK // Pluto // electronic, ambient)

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7. Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (USA // International Anthem // jazz)


6. Ptaki – Przelot (POLAND // Oficyna Transatlantyk // electronic, sample based music)

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5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi – Love (New Zealand/ Jagjaguwar) [listen here]

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4. Seven Davis Jr – Universes (USA // Ninja Tune // house, dance, future funk)

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3. Leon Bridges – Coming Home (USA // blues, soul, gospel) [listen here]

Best Tracks: River, Smooth Sailin’, Better Man;


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2. Tame Impala – Currents (Australia // Modular Recordings // psychedelic rock, Kevin Parker) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Yes I’m Changing, Let It Happen, Disciples, The Less You Know The Better;


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1. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys (UK/Ireland // Play It Again Sam // electronic pop)

Best Tracks: Exile, Uninvited Guest, Undownputable, Exploitation;



 

Honorable Mentions:

Nils Frahm – Solo (Germany // Erased Tapes Recording)

Shamir – Racket (USA // XL Recordings)

Astronauts Ect. – Mind Out Wandering (USA // Hit City U.S.A.)

Jono McCleery  – Pagodes (UK // If Music)

Portico – Living Fields (UK //  Ninja Tune)

Motorama – Poverty (Russia // Talitres)

Silicon – Personal Computer (New Zealand // Domino Recording)

Introverted Dancefloor – Introverted Dancefloor (Australia // Carpark)

Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues (Japan // Erased Tapes Records)

Royce Wood Junior – The Ashen Tang (UK, 37 Adventures)

Dornik – Dornik (UK, Universal Music)

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Arrivals: Django Django – Reflection


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The Scottish dance punk quartet, Django Django are set to release their second LP in May and they have yet another track to prove that (listen to the previous single, First Light here). The band had made some serious waves with their 2012 self-titled debut and even bigger ones with its lead single Default (which snatched UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer that year). It might be hard to beat the youthful energy and precise symmetry of Default but their new track, Reflections, is a different kind of animal. It’s a mature indie dance track, shapeshifting between the bands previous festival sized personality (vocal harmonies, house piano stabs and post-punk rhythm session) and a whimsical, moonlit entity complete with smoky sax and synth arpeggios. 

Reflections taken from Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn, out May 4 on Because Music.

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