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The Top EPs of 2014

  • Artist
    Lee Gamble
    ReleaseProduct
    Kuang EP
    Label
    PAN
    Catalogue Number
    PAN56
    Release Date
    August 1, 2014
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      Released: August 12, 2014

    One of Bleep's favourites Lee Gamble, finally chases his two ridiculously good 2012 full-lengths for PAN with an EP of left-field grooves. Opener Kali Wave, built from ambient samples, old-school stabs and dusty drum breaks, showcases Gamble’s affinity for seamlessly blending retro and experimental sensibilities. He employs snaking rhythms and squelching synths on the slightly Eastern-flavoured Mimas Skank. Finally, on the extended Girl Drop, he crafts a hazy late-night soundscape that vividly encapsulates the euphoria of the dance floor with not a drumbeat or drop. The EP has managed to stand out in what has been a truly stellar year on account of its unique perspective. Gamble takes the prototypes of ambient techno and remoulds them in to cerebral listening experiences which embed the dimensions of UK club music into spacious, shapeshifting episodes. The transient production on Girl Drop is the best example of this knack- a zonal fuzz murmurs and drifts in and out of Gamble’s shapeless composition. Similarly, the wormy riff of Mimas Skank seems to levitate just above the surface of a sharp infectious club beat. Kuang is one of the year’s finest EPs thanks to the curious, all-encompassing ethos of its creator.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Kali Wave Lee Gamble 3:20 Buy
    2. 2 Mimas Skank Lee Gamble 6:01 Buy
    3. 3 Girl Drop Lee Gamble 12:32 Buy
  • Artist
    Leon Vynehall
    ReleaseProduct
    Music for the Uninvited
    Label
    3024
    Catalogue Number
    3024024D
    Release Date
    March 24, 2014

    Leon Vynehall returns to Martyn's 3024 label with a mini-album of the mutant house music which has made him so in-demand in recent years. ‘Inside the Deku Tree’ opens up proceedings with gorgeous string lines which lend a real warmth to the production, while cuts like ‘Pier Children’ see Vynehall settle into a shuffling jack, with throbbing twangs giving a necessary edge. While these dance floor cuts are expertly handled, it is the broken melancholy of tracks like ‘Christ Air’, where house music’s core elements seem fractured and distant, that show the producer has a degree of subtlety rare for artists who can also fulfil the requirements of a dance floor.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Inside the Deku Tree Leon Vynehall 4:00 Buy
    2. 2 Goodthing Leon Vynehall 6:24 Buy
    3. 3 Be Brave, Clench Fists Leon Vynehall 6:45 Buy
    4. 4 Pier Children Leon Vynehall 6:15 Buy
    5. 5 It's Just (House of Dupree) Leon Vynehall 8:45 Buy
    6. 6 Christ Air Leon Vynehall 3:19 Buy
    7. 7 St. Sinclair Leon Vynehall 3:51 Buy
  • Artist
    Powell
    ReleaseProduct
    Club Music
    Label
    Diagonal
    Catalogue Number
    DIAG009
    Release Date
    May 12, 2014

    Powell returns with another choice EP, his first on his own Diagonal Records imprint since 2012. The slyly titled Club Music showcases the London producer at his most obtuse, crafting dense, dark bass hybrids that don’t so much swing as convulse on the dance floor. Opener ‘So We Went Electric’ seethes and sputters like overheating machinery, but still bangs thanks to the relentlessly pounding drum work. On ‘No U-Turn’, a soundtrack-worthy synth arpeggio is looped up and worked on, with everything from wobbly sub-bass to analogue noise slopped on top. Frequent collaborator Russell Haswell pops up on closer ‘Maniac’, a malformed monster of a cut where disparate samples and left-field instrumentation rain down over the muffled bass line like fuselage.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 So We Went Electric Powell 6:40 Buy
    2. 2 No U Turn Powell 6:58 Buy
    3. 3 Maniac (feat. Russell Haswell) Powell 6:20 Buy
  • Artist
    Jacques Greene
    ReleaseProduct
    Phantom Vibrate EP
    Label
    LuckyMe
    Catalogue Number
    LM021
    Release Date
    April 28, 2014

    Jacques Greene returns to LuckyMe with the Phantom Vibrate EP, featuring his signature style of R&B infected house music, 'No Excuse' opens the release with a phantom vocal spread over a melancholy deep house groove, a hugely promising start for what looks to be one of the biggest 12"s this summer.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 No Excuse Jacques Greene 5:38 Buy
    2. 2 Feel What Jacques Greene 5:50 Buy
    3. 3 Night Tracking Jacques Greene 4:12 Buy
  • Artist
    Rabit
    ReleaseProduct
    Double Dragon EP
    Label
    Glacial Industries
    Catalogue Number
    GLACIAL001
    Release Date
    June 30, 2014

    Visionary instrumental grime from promising new label Glacial Sound. Rabit's Double Dragon EP remakes grime in some of the most exciting ways we have heard for a while. The title track sees him fracturing a tight, Eski sound into a maze of stark synth shards. 'Black Dragons' strikes all the harder for the poise that gunshot bass is deployed with, while 'Wolf Spider' writhes in unpredictably thrilling ways, a visceral synth-line tearing through the industrial-grade sub-shakes. It's incredible stuff. Soundboy Demolition and Logos round off the EP with a pair of remixes, which brilliantly menacing as well. Recently slated to release a project on Tri Angle Records, this is an artist and a label to look out for.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Double Dragon Rabit 4:20 Buy
    2. 2 Black Dragons Rabit 3:59 Buy
    3. 3 Wolf Spider Rabit 3:31 Buy
    4. 4 Wolf Spider (Epochs Soundboy Demolition Mix) Rabit 4:04 Buy
    5. 5 Double Dragon (Logos Remix) Rabit 3:19 Buy
  • Artist
    The Bug
    ReleaseProduct
    Exit
    Label
    Ninja Tune
    Catalogue Number
    ZENDNLS388
    Release Date
    October 1, 2014

    Following hot on the heels of the rather excellent Angels & Devils LP, comes "Exit". Housed inside another incredible gate-fold packaging, these two slabs of dynamite show a slightly more refined selection from the apparent wealth of material that made up the 'Angels' project. Featuring two more collaborations with Liz Harris, whose vocals have almost been dissolved into the ether, and an epic slow-steppa anthem in "Black Version", you could be fooled into thinking this was a more relaxed affair. Up step "Function" and "Blaow" to ride out the EP with Kevin Martin's unique grimey-dub signature sound and quash any such suggestions.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Void The Bug Featuring Liz Harris 3:48 Buy
    2. 2 Void Version The Bug 3:22 Buy
    3. 3 Black Wasp The Bug Featuring Liz Harris 4:22 Buy
    4. 4 Black Version The Bug 4:22 Buy
    5. 5 Function The Bug Featuring Manga 5:25 Buy
    6. 6 Blaow The Bug Featuring Daddy Freddy 3:39 Buy
  • Artist
    Claude
    ReleaseProduct
    Solid
    Label
    Musique Large
    Catalogue Number
    3610158027063
    Release Date
    October 6, 2014

    Claude is a collaboration between French producer Fulgeance and Darius Broobecker. The two have previously worked on remixes for fellow Frenchman and house pioneer Laurent Garnier as well as Manchester’s Neko Neko. This latest project is inspired by the pair’s love of Chicago house and disco while also drawing on UK bass and Fulgeance’s native house scene. Highlights include the dancefloor primed bomb that is ‘Shake Your Head & Go!’ and the pair’s homage to UK funky, ‘In Love’.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Claudius Claude 4:42 Buy
    2. 2 Solid Claude 4:05 Buy
    3. 3 Shake Your Head & Go! Claude 4:31 Buy
    4. 4 Damn Thang Claude 4:29 Buy
    5. 5 Bip Bap Claude 4:33 Buy
    6. 6 Hum Claude 4:25 Buy
    7. 7 In Love Claude 3:44 Buy
  • Artist
    Spaces
    ReleaseProduct
    One
    Label
    Bleep
    Catalogue Number
    BLP003
    Release Date
    September 22, 2014

    Our first record since the Bleep:10 compilation and the first EP released by Bleep. 'One' is the debut EP from the hugely talented new-comer Spaces.

    Showcasing a wide range of styles and production talent, the EP opens with the frantic rush of beats and hushed voices of 'Apologies' before a reese-like bassline slices through the mix, coming across like a darkside SND remix. Next up is 'Outside In' bridging the gap between EDMX style electro-funk & Gescom-style glitch. On the flip we are presented with 'Lever', a broken techno track of the highest calibre, chopped snares and a off-kilter acid line whipped together to devastating effect while the EP's coda, 'In Wait' combines a kaleidoscope of beats transported through an ambient techno mainframe before fading into oblivion.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Apologies Spaces 5:21 Buy
    2. 2 Outside In Spaces 5:37 Buy
    3. 3 Lever Spaces 4:56 Buy
    4. 4 In Wait Spaces 6:18 Buy
  • Artist
    Rival Consoles
    ReleaseProduct
    Sonne
    Label
    Erased Tapes
    Catalogue Number
    ERATP059DL
    Release Date
    September 15, 2014

    London producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles returns to Erased Tapes with an EP composed of colourful ambient sounds: on Sonne, German for sun, he experimented with multiple production methods such as running synth sounds through various effects and creating collages from cutting up and reassembling recordings, including playing live drums and acoustic guitar himself on the majority of the tracks. The outcome is staggeringly diverse, yet fully coherent. On 'Helios', he builds up a drony wall of polyharmonic synths, working towards the drop of the beat with overwhelming density. Using tape delay as heard in '3 Chords' and 'Recovery', Rival Consoles creates dynamic waves of speed and timbre, thereby captivating tension throughout the EP.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Sonne Rival Consoles 3:42 Buy
    2. 2 3 Chords Rival Consoles 4:16 Buy
    3. 3 Helios Rival Consoles 5:01 Buy
    4. 4 Haunt Rival Consoles 4:54 Buy
    5. 5 Think Tank Rival Consoles 4:45 Buy
    6. 6 Recovery Rival Consoles 4:48 Buy
  • Artist
    Rob Clouth
    ReleaseProduct
    Clockwork Atom
    Label
    Leisure System
    Catalogue Number
    LSR011
    Release Date
    April 28, 2014

    Berghain promoters and record label Leisure System hand a debut release to Rob Clouth who turns in the Clockwork Atom EP – a dense collection of contorted beats and warm melodies. First off is the lush, melodic ‘Clockwork Atom’, working warm tones and clever rhythmic shifts for a blissed-out, Mount Kimbie-esque affair. Next, and in stark contrast is the cold, mechanic glare of ‘Island Of Glass’ with its sizzling electrical charge and hammer-blow beats and finally ‘The Decent’ – a delicate concoction of soft piano keys and twisted drums.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Clockwork Atom Rob Clouth 7:37 Buy
    2. 2 Islands of Glass Rob Clouth 5:10 Buy
    3. 3 The Descent Rob Clouth 5:08 Buy

The Top Reissues of 2014

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