Catch up on a busy week full of brand-new EPs from all your favourites, including Circa Waves, Dave Okumu, Heartworms and more.
This week has been a rare one, dedicated to EPs from the likes of Dave Okumu, Circa Waves, Float Fall and Heartworms. Did you know EP stands for ‘Extended Play,’ meaning that an EP is longer than a single but shorter than an album? Enough to satisfy your hunger but leave you with room for more…
Critically-acclaimed UK indie-rock band Circa Waves released their chart-topping record Never Going Under in January. Today they return with Never Going Unplugged, a selection of acoustic reworks from their latest album just in time for their upcoming US, AU and UK tour dates!
Dave Okumu & The 7 Generations released the third musical chapter and film from a four-part series titled ‘Seduced By Babylon’ which features the new single ‘Amnesia’ via Transgressive.
Both releases are from Okumu’s forthcoming project I Came From Love which will be released Friday 14 April via Transgressive Records. The album is a tapestry of the Black experience that explores ancestry, the legacy of slavery, what it means to exist in an unjust society, and Okumu’s own family history.
South London artist Heartworms today shares her debut EP A Comforting Notion via Speedy Wunderground, alongside a Gilbert Trejo-directed video for blistering EP cut ‘24 Hours’ via Speedy Wunderground.
A Comforting Notion has already been subject to glowing praise from the likes of DIY who awarded it a perfect 5* stars, hailing it “a masterclass in making an entrance.” The EP’s pummelling singles ‘Retributions Of An Awful Life’ and ‘Consistent Dedication’ have led to nods in the NME 100 and Dork Hype List for 2023 while receiving a string of further press plaudits from the likes of The FADER, The Quietus, Loud And Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young Magazine (where she features as the latest cover star), CLASH, and many m0re.
Today, Berlin-Based electro master JakoJako is releasing her new EP Verve via Mute, a collection of 4 intricate modular synth slow-burners. The first three tracks, recorded with an eye on the dancefloor and overflowing with joy and exploration “… came naturally and felt fluid…” explains Koçer. “I allowed myself to create these dance tracks without too many restrictions” and the final track, ‘Nexus’, originated from a recording of her live set. “This one is wholly unique, I will never be able to reproduce it, the recording was a simple stereo track that was very difficult to mix.”
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Helen Ganya releases the follow-up EP to her 2022 album polish the machine today via Bella Union: repolish the machine. The EP includes a handful of different versions of songs from the recent album, beginning with two live stripped-down sessions (the cloud sessions) of ’delicate graffiti’, ’afterparty’ and a Thai sung version of the title track ‘polish the machine’.
It then follows with a set of remixes from some brilliantly creative and exciting musicians. mui zyu turns the elegiac end-of-album ’birdsong’ into an expansive, shifting and liquifying piece; Yumi and the Weather dubs and grooves ’delicate graffiti’ into something euphoric; and Maria Uzor discords ’devotion’ into a haunting retro-futurist world.
Today Belgian dream-pop duo Float Fall are presenting ‘close EP’, a collection of four stripped-down versions of their favourite tracks, as a goodbye gift for fans after 10 years of the band being together now drawing to a close.
In their words: “We’ve always claimed that “it’s not the destination, it’s being on the way”, and we’re so grateful to have had you along for the ride. Take care, and take care for each other. We’ll miss you.”
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