Longer than a single but not enough content to fill an album, it’s the Extended Play or better known by its more slimming name the EP. Also the favorite format for every cool band to release fan favorites, oft-hidden tracks, and obscure covers since the 90’s. Here’s some of my favorite EP’s of last year.
Michael Kiwanuka-Tell Me A Tale/I’m Getting Ready
This soulful British youngster has two great EP’s out during 2011, and another early this year. If that wasn’t enough a full album will be out in March.
Michael Kiwanuka-I’m Getting Ready
Michael Kiwanuka-Tell Me A Tale
Alabama Shakes-Alabama Shakes EP
Formerly the Shakes, this group is smokin’ hot.
Nick Waterhouse-Is That Clear
Blending an old-school doo-wop/r&b style with a fresh bravado that delivers the goods right on time like the milkman. White, smooth, and robust too.
Blackbird Blackbird-Boracay Planet
Always fun and prolific.
Like the waves lashing the beach shore, so will your head be swimming listening to the Mighty Lord Huron.
Using their quirky inventiveness to reinvent the sound of indie-pop.
Opus Orange-Almost There [feat. Lauren Hillman]
This young super producer came onto the scene in a strong way in 2011.
Here We Go Magic-January
Spacy Post-Punk heroes give us true magic.
John Hughes- The Black Monk EP
Supremely catchy hooks.
Reptar-Oblangle Fizz Y’all
A band you need to know…now!
Tony Castles-No Service
Kurt Vile-So Outta Reach