It’s been a good year for E.P.s (/mini albums) even if one of the ones I’ve listened to the most this year doesn’t (quite) qualify! But more of that later. The list …
1. The Paranoid Style – Rock’n’Roll Just Can’t Recall (Battle Worldwide)
Without question the most played record of the year in the MPT household, this was pretty much a stick-on for number 1 for most of the year. From the Debbie Harry meets Husker Du punk energy of ‘National Sunday Law’, (and after missing out on the equivalent 2013 award) it was clear that The Paranoid Style had upped their game again. Classic rock’n’roll with brilliant lyrics. What more can you ask for?
Here’s the lead track:
2. Memory Man – Lost Lovers (Black Ditto)
Essentially a calling card for the band, ‘Lost Lovers’ bundled the band’s two singles to date alongside 2 equally excellent brand new tracks
3. Wozniak – Auster (MYT)
Their best release to date (including their best song so far ‘Snow Effect’) ‘Auster’ confirimed Wozniak as a band on the rise
Is it too much to hope for an album next year?
Here’s, without doubt, the best video of the year:
4. Henry & Fleetwood – On The Forest Floor (Olive Grove)
Ahead of the new De Rosa L.P. in January, Martin John Henry released his first new material since ‘The Other Half of Everything’ in collaboration with harpist Gillian Fleetwood back in April. A gentler record than he’s been involved with before, perhaps, but still packing quite an emotional heft. An album will follow at some point.
5. Tuff Love – Dross (Lost Map)
Consolidating the success of debut E.P., ‘Junk’, ‘Dross’ was the start of a remarkable year which took in supports to Ride and Grace Jones (!) and ended with third E.P. ‘Dregs’. The self effacing titles couldn’t be further from the truth. Watch them go in the New Year!
6. The Mirror Trap – Silent Men (self released)
Very much a transitional year for Dundee’s Mirror Trap with only a handful of Scottish gigs and just the one release. Oh, yeah, and a support on Placebo’s UK tour. ‘Silent Men’ included a couple of re-recorded tunes from the last L.P. with three new songs all of which comprehensively proved that the Mirror Trap have got the material to succeed. Another band for whom 2016 could be a big year.
7. Le Thug – Place Is (Song, By Toad)
8. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – DILF_77 Would Like To Meet (Chemikal Underground)
9. Split Single – Live E.P. (Split Single Music)
10. Supermoon – Oh Supermoon Vol. 1 (Song, By Toad)
11. Diet Cig – Over Easy (Father/Daughter)
Fazerdaze – Fazerdaze E.P. (self released)
I was SO tempted to stick this in because I’ve listened to it as much of most of the E.P.s on the list. But given that it was officially released in 2014 I’ve strictly applied the rules and can’t really use the fact that ‘Zero’ was on the Beech Coma compilation as more than an excuse for an honourable mention.
But, still a great record that is well worth checking out. The arrival of single ‘Little Uneasy’ late in the year (as a precursor to the Fazerdaze debut album next year) was an unexpected bonus.
The track that got me hooked: