Best EPs of the Years

Every year, at the end of December, i publish my list of what i believe to be that year’s top 40 albums and top 10 EPs; and every year, i feel obliged to qualify the list due to the number of releases there hasn’t been time to hear. So, in an attempt to provide something more meaningful in the long-term (as well as to entertain my passion for making lists), below are revised versions of the EP lists, together with the original for comparison. They’ll continue to be updated on a regular but entirely arbitrary basis.

2014

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2013)

  1. irr. app. (ext.) – Neognathae Portentosus
  2. Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Wermland Atonal 1
  3. Markus Reuter – Sultry Kiss Down Under (Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014)
  4. Duologue – Memex EP
  5. Darren McClure – The World Is Made Of Words
  6. Monty Adkins – Residual Forms
  7. Squarepusher – Music For Robots
  8. Dwntwn – Dwntwn
  9. Monolake – X I E
  10. Deaf Center – Recount

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Coppice – Vantage/Cordoned
  2. Zbigniew Karkowski – Live In Lyon
  3. irr. app. (ext.) – Neognathae Portentosus
  4. Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Wermland Atonal 1
  5. Markus Reuter – Sultry Kiss Down Under (Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014)
  6. Duologue – Memex EP
  7. Darren McClure – The World Is Made Of Words
  8. Monty Adkins – Residual Forms
  9. Squarepusher – Music For Robots
  10. Dwntwn – Dwntwn
2013

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2013)

  1. Man Without Country – Entropy Pt. 1
  2. Kenneth Kirschner – March 15, 2013
  3. voidesque – the water test
  4. Autechre – L-event
  5. Access to Arasaka – écrasez l’infâme
  6. Christopher McFall – Quivering into your blood night radio
  7. Yugen – Observations On Trance Or Human Hybernation
  8. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Devotion
  9. Braids – In Kind // Amends
  10. Gazelle Twin – Mammal

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Coppice – Compound Form
  2. Man Without Country – Entropy Pt. 1 EP
  3. Kenneth Kirschner – March 15, 2013
  4. voidesque – the water test
  5. A-Sun Amissa – You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less
  6. At Jennie Richie/irr. app. (ext.) – Unknown Invertebrate Drama
  7. Christopher McFall – Quivering into your blood night radio
  8. Autechre – L-event
  9. Yugen – Observations On Trance Or Human Hybernation
  10. Access to Arasaka – écrasez l’infâme
2012

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2012)

  1. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Occlusions
  2. Kenneth Kirschner – September 13, 2012
  3. Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Terra Incognita
  4. irr. app. (ext.) – Neognath in Machina
  5. Björk – Biophilia Remixes | Part Four
  6. Coda – Tracer
  7. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Stare
  8. Squarepusher – KCRW Session
  9. Parenthetical Girls – Privilege, Pt. V: Portrait of a Reputation
  10. Alone Architect – Alone Architect

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Occlusions
  2. Kenneth Kirschner – September 13, 2012
  3. Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Terra Incognita
  4. irr. app. (ext.) – Neognath in Machina
  5. Björk – Biophilia Remixes | Part Four
  6. Coda – Tracer
  7. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Stare
  8. Squarepusher – KCRW Session
  9. Man Without Country – Closet Addicts Anonymous
  10. Parenthetical Girls – Privilege, Pt. V: Portrait of a Reputation
2011

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2011)

  1. Christopher McFall & David Velez – Credence
  2. irr. app. (ext.) – The Famine Road / Celestial Laminate
  3. Tetra – Live at Gallery of Modern Art
  4. Clem Leek – Home Outside
  5. Uh Huh Her – Black and Blue
  6. Ex Confusion – Too Late, They Are Gone
  7. Yugen – Ae’shT’aT’aQ
  8. Pablo – In Hurricanes
  9. Fovea Hex – Three Beams
  10. Hecq & Exillon – Spheres of Fury

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Christopher McFall & David Velez – Credence
  2. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Grower
  3. irr. app. (ext.) – The Famine Road / Celestial Laminate
  4. Diamond Catalog – Magnified Palette
  5. Tetra – Live at Gallery of Modern Art
  6. Clem Leek – Home Outside
  7. Uh Huh Her – Black and Blue
  8. Ex Confusion – Too Late, They Are Gone
  9. Yugen – Ae’shT’aT’aQ
  10. Sunken Foal – Mother of God
2010

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2010)

  1. Kayo Dot – Stained Glass
  2. Demdike Stare – Forest of Evil
  3. Cosey Fanni Tutti & Philippe Petit – Mist While Sleeping/Invisible Whispers
  4. Kyle Bobby Dunn – Rural Route No. 2
  5. Hecq – Sura
  6. Christopher McFall – A Long Time Running from the Suicide Strays
  7. Ekca Liena – Orb Night
  8. Steven Wilson – Cover Version VI
  9. David Lynch – Good Day Today/I Know
  10. dB Soundworks – Steambirds (iOS) Soundtrack

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Kayo Dot – Stained Glass

  2. Cosey Fanni Tutti & Philippe Petit – Mist While Sleeping / Invisible Whispers
  3. Kyle Bobby Dunn – Rural Route No. 2
  4. Hecq – Sura
  5. Christopher McFall – A Long Time Running for The Suicide Strays
  6. Three Trapped Tigers – EP3
  7. Robyn – Body Talk Pt 3
  8. aTelecine – A Cassette Tape Culture
  9. Tashi Wada – Alignment
  10. Demdike Stare – Forest of Evil
2009

Original Top 10

(published 29 December 2009)

  1. Lars von Trier & Kristian Eidnes Andersen – Antichrist Soundtrack
  2. Bass Communion – Litany
  3. Christopher McFall – All For The Terror That Sings Sweetly To You In The Night
  4. Celer – Mane Blooms
  5. Chubby Wolf – Meandering Pupa
  6. Christopher McFall & Ben Fleury-Steiner – The Dirty and the Clean
  7. Tim Exile – The Finger EP
  8. Steve Peters – Musica Mundana
  9. Autumn Grieve – Stray Birds
  10. Operations – Sundevil

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Lars von Trier & Kristian Eidnes Andersen – Antichrist Soundtrack
  2. Ekca Liena – Drones Between Homes
  3. Bass Communion – Litany
  4. Christopher McFall & Ben Fleury-Steiner – The Dirty and the Clean
  5. Wixel – Norway
  6. Three Trapped Tigers – EP2
  7. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Soundlines
  8. Noveller – Paint on the Shadows
  9. Steve Peters – Musica Mundana
  10. Autumn Grieve – Stray Birds
2008

Original Top 10

(published 30 December 2008)

  1. Tu M’ – Is That You?
  2. Steve Peters – The Webster Cycles
  3. Aidan Baker – Live In London 05/14/2007
  4. Implex Grace – The Black Tapes
  5. Fennesz – Jeck – Matthews – Amoroso
  6. irr. app. (ext.) – Enterruption Hermetic Archival Cassette Series 3
  7. Ian D. Hawgood – Tents And Hills
  8. Operations – Cold Months
  9. Operator Please – Just A Song About Ping Pong
  10. Belong – Colorloss Record

Revised Top 10

(last updated May 2015)

  1. Martin Stig Andersen – Rabbit at the Airport
  2. Steve Peters – The Webster Cycles
  3. Tu M’ – Is That You?
  4. Aidan Baker – Live In London 05/14/2007
  5. Heidika – Tide of Bells & the Sea
  6. Kenneth Kirschner – September 13, 2008
  7. Implex Grace – The Black Tapes
  8. Bass Communion / Pig – Live in Mexico City
  9. Get Well Soon – Songs Against The Glaciation
  10. Sunken Foal – Fermented Condiments