The Best EP’s (and singles) of 2016


Here’s NoSnobsAllowed’s first “Best of 2016” list this year. I’ve gathered the best extended plays and standalone singles from past 12 month, which as you can see was a generous period of time. It was very difficult to put them in order according to any other criteria other than alphabetically.


Abra – Princess (True Panther Records)

Best Track: VEGAS


Alex Frankel – Negative Space (ADF Records)

Best Track: Get Back [Listen on Soundcloud]


Aphex Twin – Cheetah (Warp)

Best Track: CIRKLON3 [Kolkhoznaya Mix] [Watch the video on YouTube]


Bibio & Olivier St. Louis – The Serious E.P. (Warp)

Best Track: [Listen to EP sampler]


cs3018079-02a-bigBuz Ludzha – Basslines For Life (100%Silk)

Best track: Basslines For Life [Listen on Soundcloud]

chaosincbdinvisibleepChaos In CDB – Invisible Spectrum (Rhythm Section International)

Best Track: Significant Others

cdw_ep_final_front_skh2wfCharlotte Day Wilson – CDW (self-released)

[listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track: Work


Cliché – Carré Magique (Self-Realesed)

Best Track: Carré Magique [listen on Soundcloud]

cs3012498-02a-bigDetroit Swindle – In Reverse (Heist Recordings)

[Listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track: Future Imperfect

disclosure-moog-for-love-640x640Disclosure – MOOG For Love (Island Records)

Best Track: BOSS (Radio Edit) [Listen]

ekkahEkkah & Dām-Funk (Sony) – Space Between Us/What’s Up & Ekkah x Real Love – Don’t Give Up/Figure It Out (Sony) [Ekkah’s YouTube Channel]

floating-points-kuiper.jpgFloating Points – Kuiper (Pluto)

Best Track: For Marmish part II [Listen on Soundcloud]


Groeni – Hinde (Wondercore)

Best Track : Herde [Listen on You Tube]

downloadGundelach – Gundelach

Best Track: Spiders [Listen]

Holy Ghost! – Crime Cutz (DFA)

Best Track: Stereotypes

hudson-scott-clay-ep-artwork-608x608Hudson Scott – Clay (Self-released)

[listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track: Gone

jenskurossepJens Kuross – Jens Kuross (Aesop) [listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track: Nobody’s Problem

Futerman – My Favourite Merchant (Church)

[listen on Soundcloud]

Junior Boys – Kiss Me All Night

Best Track: Yes

liss-first-packshotLiss – First (XL Recording)

Best Track: Sorry [listen on Soundcloud]

barn041Lukas Nystrand Von Unge – Studio Barnhus EP No. 2 (Studio Barnhus) [listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track: It Always Rains

milkaltversM.I.L.K. – Following The Sun (Alternative Versions)

Best Track: Blondage Version [listen on Soundcloud]


cec03665c0d4000ef175bcf3a98bae75-640x640x1Mont Jake – Shadows EP (Island Records)

Best Track: This Goes On [listen on Soundcloud]

lamentationsMoses Sumney – Lamentations (Self-released)

Best Track: Lonely World [watch on You Tube]

Motorama – Holy Day (Talitres)

mmmboiiNite Funk (aka Nite Jewel & Dam Funk) – Nite Funk (Glydezone)

Best Track: Let Me Be Me [listen on Soundcloud]

1200x630bf.jpgOlivier St.Louis (formerly Olivier Daysoul)- Mr St.Louis (2016 reissue) (Jakarta Records)


PREP – Futures (B3SCI Records)

Best Track: Cheapest Flight


Rim Kwaku Obeng and Kasa – Love For Real/Gas Line (The Mukatsuku Edits)


Sam Wills –So Bright (NxtGen Records) [listen on You Tube]

Best Track: Unify

Sau Poler – Memorabilia (Atomnation)

Best Track: Signes


Seramic – Found (GMF Records) [listen on Soundcloud]

Best Track : Waiting

Serpentwithfeet – Blisters (Tri Angle Records)

Best Track: four ethers

Various Artists – Profil De Face presents Cercle Subaquatique


December 15, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . 2016, List, The Best Of 2016. Leave a comment.

2015: Appendix vol 1

The few last weeks of one year and then first couple of weeks of the next year are usually spent by relentlessly searching, browsing, digging through other websites’, blogs’ and peoples’ “Best of” lists.


Somehow omitted by my ever prying ears, these are the tracks and other releases that wouldn’t certainly had ended up on the year’s end lists on this blog, but definitely would had had a shot at doing so.

Here are those juicy fruits of all that digging in no particular order:


RP King – Bangin On King Drive (from Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints)

via Pitchfork


Harriet Brown & Astronauts Etc. – Fiction

via Soundcloud

Abelard – Dance In Space (Dream Fiend Remix)

via GorillavsBear

Jack J – Thirstin’

via Nialler9

Olivier St. Louis – Black Music EPoliver_st_louis_black_music_cover

Friend recommendation


Lim Kim – Awoo (from Simple Mind LP)


via Spin


Pender Street Steppers – Glass City

via Spin


Galcher Lustwerk – Parlay


via Spin



January 20, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Apendix, Playlist. 1 comment.

Arrivals: Ben Khan – 1000


Ben Khan, London’s produ-singer-writer, one of the most promising new talents to emerge in 2014. His addictive debut EP,1992, scored number 2 on NoSnobsAllowed Best EP’s of 2014 list and Youth, one of its tracks, landed at 26th position in NSA’s Top Tracks of 2014.


Khan emerged from a circle of artists, hailing mostly from UK, who are making their own bass based future version of r’n’b. You don’t have to be a genius to spot some serious borrowings from Jai Paul’s scant output in Khan’s material. With Paul’s bone crushing beats and smeared and rough guitar riffs all over1992 the comparisons were unavoidable. But Ben Kan put his own twist on the genre with a serious injection of soul, thanks to his sensual voice and the vague melodies he writes so well.

Being less of an enigma than Jai Paul, Khan is not staying in hiding this year. He is gearing up for the release of his second EP, entitled1000. Perhaps to shake off any comparisons even further, or more likely out of pure need for artistic evolution, the title track sees Khan bringing some new elements into play. The groovy drum machine beat à la Arthur Russell injects the song with refreshing giddiness and joy. Needless to say,1000 is one of the hottest tracks at the moment and Ben Khan an artist we all should keep an eye out in the future. 

And check out Khan’s previous stuff while you’re at it:

March 12, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. Leave a comment.

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