2012 was a lot a things but it was unexpectedly the year of the EP. This year, we saw some of the most promising artists and rising stars of the music industry drop EPs first to test the waters before getting the chance to unleash an entire record. The outcome has given us some of my favorite songs of the year and excitement for whats to come in the new year. Check out my Top 10 EP’s below, and leave a comment with your favorites of the year and we can compare. Thank You.
Honorable Mentions: Havana Brown – When the Lights Go Out EP, Ke$ha – Deconstructed EP, Skylar Grey – The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey EP, Karmin – Hello EP, My Name Is Kay – My Name Is Kay EP.
10. Icona Pop – Iconic EP: Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop brought us a fantastic summertime smash with “I Love It“. The hit had the winning formula to get everyone talking about the girls and they officially brought it with their 6-track EP, Iconic. The set is an assured collection of songs that can easily be appreciated as a pure pop blast. The Swedes do it again!
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9. Katy B – Danger: Katy B remained pretty quiet throughout the year but the 23-year-old Brit hinted at the release of new material for sometime and we got it. Danger may have came late in the game this year but it’s very much worthy of a mention. The opening track alone, “Aaliyah” featuring the lovely Jessie Ware should be enough to win you over. It’s addictively danceable and melancholic. I can’t wait for her new album next year.
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8. The Cataracs – Gordo Taqueria: Hip-pop duo The Cataracs spent most of 2011 producing and jumping in on other artists’ tracks. This year, David and Niles finally released their anticipated EP, Gordo Taqueria, and it’s an absolute must have. Gordo Taqueria pays homage to their favorite Bay Area taco spot and features 8 club-ready tracks that bring out the best of their signature electro/hip-hop sound. The guys really stuck to their guns on this one, noting that they are more about parodying the club scene rather than banking on it. The EP proves that the boys are not only a “go-to” production team but artists who are confident and aware of their vision. I promise you won’t be disappointed, Gordo Taqueria slaps hard.
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7. Florrie – Late EP: Flaw-free English singer-songwriter, drummer, and model Florrie announced this year that she would be embarking into major label territory in 2013. Before that, the 23-year-old songstress treated us to her final set of independent tracks with her EP, Late. From start to finish you’re treated to a set of fantastic icy disco-pop jams packed with infectious pounding bass lines, addictive hooks, and electrifying production. I could not rave enough about it, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone part of the Xenomania production house.
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6. Frank + Derol – Frank + Derol: Frank + Derol is still a name many of you probably aren’t familiar with but they for sure caught my attention with the release of their self-titled EP earlier this year. Consisting of singer Cori Coraco and Miley Cyrus‘ older half-sister, Brandi Cyrus, together they form a duo that is a match made in pop heaven. Based alone off their lead near-perfect first single “Barely Love You Too,” the girls show huge promise. Icy indie-pop anthems filled with glittering electronica, addictive hooks, and the dreamiest production. WIN WIN!
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5. Wynter Gordon – Human Condition: Pt. 1 Doleo: This year, creator of flawless dance-pop Wynter Gordon embarked on a inspiring new project where she would self-release a collection of four FREE EPs called, The Human Condition. Doleo, the first chapter of her Human Condition series did not disappoint. Known mostly for her anthemic dance-pop, Wynter explored rock, trip-hop, and what she calls “down-south hip hop and Celtic, classical music” that delved into deeper thematic material than the bubbly dance cuts for which she’s best known. Doleo is a gorgeous collection of 8-tracks packed with emotion and confidence from a singer well on her way to the top. Wynter can do no wrong.
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4. Sky Ferreira – Ghost: Last year, Sky Ferreira released the As If EP, a mostly upbeat collection of playful electro-pop jams and fun kiss-off tracks. In 2012, Sky proved that her range has no boundaries and that she can tackle just about any genre with Ghost. The set features 5 indie-pop anthems filled with infectious hooks, subtle hints of electronica, superb vocals and one of the best songs of the year, “Everything Is Embarrassing“. Her identity has no limits.
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3. Lana Del Rey – Paradise: Lana Del Rey had a lot to prove with her debut disc, Born to Die. The album went on to sell over two million copies and placed Lana on the cover of almost every major magazine (she also got herself a H&M campaign!). With the 26-year-old songstress now successfully established as one of the best new artists of the year, it’s no surprise that her Paradise EP sounds like the record she was always meant to make. Ethereal, graceful, and absolutely breathtaking.
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2. Azealia Banks – 1991: Azealia Banks may have not released her highly anticipated debut album and her debut single “212” may have done nothing in the states but in many ways 2012 belonged to Azealia Banks. The 21-year-old Harlem-based rapper drowned out the buzz with her charisma, uniqueness, and precocious talent, as showcased on her 1991 EP. The set is refreshingly innovative, full of ’90s house flavored beats, and is packed with enough slick hooks made perfect for any runway. Azealia has been pegged as a star all year long for a reason and all the hype is truly deserved.
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1. Solange – True: Having already been obsessed with 2008’s underrated Sol-Angel And The Hadley St Dreams and lead single “Losing You,” it’s no surprise that Solange‘s True EP gave me everything I needed this year. With production coming from Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, True turned out to be a treat from start to finish filled with endless amounts of infectious hooks, grooves of late-80s pop, bouncy drum patterns and bubbling electronica. True is without a doubt one of the strongest releases of 2012 and Solange has certainly certified herself as a artist of her very own. You found your niche girl!
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