We love a good album. So much so, we’ve chosen 50 of the finest in our Albums Of The Year list. But sometimes we like something a bit more concise. Here, with a little new music twist and in no particular order, are our favourite EPs of 2017. Tuck in…
The Internet member’s debut solo was recorded entirely on his iPhone, but his faraway vocals, sultry soulful rhythms and jangling guitars have since made him one of the game’s most in-demand producer – working with Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and more. Expect that phone to keep ringing.
Melding house rhythms and lush synths, the NYC-based producer made a late surge for song of the year with the soon-to-be club-classic ‘Raingurl’ from ‘EP 2’ in November. We’re not surprised, though. ‘EP 1’ showed all the signs of a producer ready to define dance music going forward, but it was ‘EP 2’ that cemented her promise.
The Norwegian newcomer came bursting out of the gate with the empowering ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ in February, and the remainder of the EP is similarly emotive ride. Take the shoulder shrugging ‘Plot Twist’ and ‘Fake Friends’, a call to arms to booting those snakes out of your life. On stripped-back ballad ‘Dynamite’, Sigrid’s songwriting talent and vocal abilities are pushed to the limit on this stunning finale.
15-years-old at the time of release, LA-born musician Billie Eilish marked her territory with a swaggering, R&B-tinged pop triumph – namely ‘Copycat’. There’s softer moments, too, ‘Ocean Eyes’ is a heavenly ballad and ‘watch’s swooning highs are delight. She really can do it all.
Having penned hits for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as a songwriter – Michaels took her first step into the limelight with the emotional ballad, ‘Issues’. The true gems are tucked away in the full EP, mind, with the witty and weird ‘Pink’ and ‘Make It Up To You’ proving that Michaels kept some solid bangers for herself.
Having released disco banger after disco banger, the Aussie troupe compiled the singles into sleek collection earlier this year. Its centre-piece, however, proved to be a brand new track – the Daft Punk-produced ‘Overnight’.
Viral song ‘Alaska’ made tears well in Pharrell’s eyes, and pricked up the internet’s ears – but the NYU student’s stunning debut ‘Now That The Light Is Fading’ proved there’s plenty more where that came from. ‘Color Song’ is due to become a campfire classic sharpish, and ‘On + Off’ is a pop triumph that expands Rogers’ songwriting scale going forward.
Clocking in at 36 minutes, Dave’s latest EP, ‘Game Over’ is the weightiest and longest on this list – but not a minute is wasted. The Streatham rapper hold Theresa May to account for her response to Grenfell on ‘Question Time’ and laments a past relationship on the 7-minute ‘How I Met My Ex’. Aged just 19, he’s got all the time in the world.
You’ve probably already heard Vera’s blueprint for pop success at some point already, having worked with Liss, Off Bloom and even MØ over the last two years. ‘Good Job No Conversation’ sees William Asingh shine, blending latin-flavoured rhythms with saucy saxes on this intoxicating listen.
Not content with giving Frank Ocean a hand on his string of singles in 2017, the production duo pushed their sound in weird new directions this year – with tasty results. ‘Hear This’ is a wobbly slice of electronica circa-2007, and ‘Freedonia Drive’ is a house-tinged song to treasure for summers going forward.
On his debut EP ‘By The Water’, the 18-year-old MC mixed jazz-tinged beats with a tight flow on the assured collection – perfect for beachside listens or a swanky hotel lobby. A talent to keep tabs on going forwarded.
Released on DFA Records, the team-up between Mary Jane Dunphe (Vexx, CC Dust) and members of Trans FX is a retro-graded, shoegazy delight. On highlight ‘The One To Wait’, hazy vocals and razor-sharp guitar lines culminate in remarkable fashion.
The London talent has always found ways to make the most out of every single sound. The ‘Plant Feed’ EP featured some of her most ambitious productions to date (see: ‘Golden Cage’), as well as some understated wonders, like ‘Sliding Doors’. A delight.
A fairly lowkey year by Skepta’s standards, punctuated by a dodgy collab with Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger and this actually-pretty-brilliant EP. ‘No Security’ and ‘Hypocrisy’ was solo Skeppy at his best, though his team-ups with A$AP Rocky on ‘Ghost Train and Section Boyz on ‘Worst’ make for particular highlights.
You’d find it difficult to experience a more hard-hitting opening two-song punch this year, than what’s found on Stella Donnelly’s ‘Thrush Metal’. ‘Mechanical Bull’ is an oh-too-relevant tale of shaking off clingy people, whereas ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ sees Donnelly confront a sexual abuser, set to sparse and emotive finger plucking guitar. A songwriting talent to reckon with.