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Aids' 2011: Eps

My top EPs/Splits/whatever of 2011. Basically, anything I liked but couldn't put on my LP list cause it wasn't really a proper album. GUESS WHAT #1 WILL BE.
20The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt
The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt

Awesome track names, scary music. Good music, but weird as shit and kind
of freaky, especially if you're on drugs (which I think is almost a pre-
requisite for listening to this thing).
19Massive Attack vs. Burial
Four Walls/Paradise Circus

Man, Burial is all over the place in 2011. At least he picked great people to
collaborate with. Fingers crossed for the new LP everyone.
18Sorrow [UK]

uhn-tss uhn-tss uhn-tss (this rules) uhn-tss uhn-tss
17Broken Bells
Meyrin Fields

Catchy, electronic infused indie-rock from Danger Mouse and Shins frontman
James Mercer.
16Frightened Rabbit
A Frightened Rabbit EP

Scottish indie-rock outfit Frightened Rabbit deliver the goods. They probably
won't ever match 'The Midnight Organ Fight' but that's understandable, and
this is good enough to hold me over for a while.
Mind Altering Dynamics

Great, concious hip-hop from an up-and-coming Canadian producer.

Great screamo music
13James Blake
Enough Thunder

James Blake

Hard-hitting, but cleverly constructed dubstep. The first track "War Machine"
speeds up to nearly twice the tempo of a normal dubstep beat and the
result is a high energy, abrasive track that will have you seizuring on the
dance floor with all the other hipsters.
11Zeds Dead
BBC Radio 1 Mini Mix

Toronto dubstep producers Zeds Dead released this 10 minute minimix of
all their new material early in 2011. Their music falls in with the drop-heavy
"brostep" music that is drawing such mixed reactions from the musical
community. So call this a guilty pleasure I suppose, but whatever man it
rules. Electro/dubstep that is sure to get your blood pumping.
10Nicolaas Jaar
Don't Break My Love

I have, for some reason, still not given his LP a listen, but if this is any
indication of what it will sound like, count me in. The title track on this is
9Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke
Ego / Mirror

Three modern day electronic music legends combine to produce two
awesome tracks. What a surprise!

Sputnik user TheReverend724 (or something like that) makes a four song
EP that will take you to outerspace and back with a delightful piece of IDM.
7Kerouac/The Long Haul

Crossing my fingers for a new Kerouac LP in 2012. Awesome split by these
two hardcore/metalcore bands, but I needs more.
Songs For Sleepy

Sputnik user Jash blends soothing ambient textures with beats and sub-
bass to craft a unique product not to be missed out on for any fan of
electronic music.

Dirty dubstep that will rape your face in every hole, but will still cuddle
afterwards. Attention various american "brostep" producers: this is how it
should be done.
4Love American / Harbours

Much apologies to Jash and Rev, but the sputnik user musical project of the
year goes to Mr. Adam "redskyformiles" Thomas and his delicious slice of
hardcore punk. "Olde English Hearts" stops my rectum to the floor and
"Kayfabe" rules too. I'm less sold on the Harbours side of the split, but
Love American's work on this is enough for a top 5 spot.
Coloring Book

I have a love/hate relationship with this band. Half of their music I really
really like, the other half I find insanely overrated (but not 'bad'). Also, the
lead singer, Daryl something, is possibly the hugest douche ever. So when
this came out, I was expecting, nay, hoping that it would suck (especially
seeing as the lead up to its release was a disgusting clusterfuck of
shameful marketing). But, god damn it, this EP rules so fucking hard it's
unbelievable. I guess this means I'll hate their next album and then all will
be right with the universe again.

It's too bad that this came out very late in the year, otherwise it would
have almost certainly been near the top of the user's EP list. With
'Seasons', this acoustic screamo act has taken their music to a level they
couldn't reach with their previous LP. The drumming on this thing is out of
this world, as is much of the guitar playing.
1Trophy Scars
Never Born, Never Dead

Cliche choice for the best EP of 2011, yes. But I love the shit out of this
style of music that Trophy Scars have perfected with their last two EPs.
Besides having wonderfully structured music, the band are absolute
legends when it comes to picking samples for their songs. The phone call
between Desmond and Penny from 'Lost' at the end of 'Angels' still gives
me goosebumps. And also, fuck fish.
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