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Turntable Kitchen :: The Top EPs of 2011

December 29th, 2011

The end of the year is very nearly here and so we continue our year end coverage here on Turntable Kitchen. In that context, this year saw the release of a number of great EPs (many of which can be considered debut EPs) by several great up and coming bands. The Top EPs List shouldn’t be thought of as an appetizer to the Top Albums of 2011 list. Indeed, some of these EPs would fit in comfortably on any year end list regardless of whether they were competing against full length albums.

We previously posted Turntable Kitchen’s Essential Vinyl Singles of 2011 list and our Top Albums of 2011 list will follow soon. After that, we’ll resume posting regular content. So stay tuned. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the Top EPs of 2011 list. Did I miss anything?

Turntable Kitchen’s Top EPs of 2011

01. Keep Shelly in Athens – Our Own Dream :: Keep Shelly in Athens – DIY
02. NO – Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever :: NO – The Long Haul
03. Thousand – Tous Les Jours :: Thousand – The Fall
04. Typhoon – A New Kind of House :: Typhoon – The Honest Truth
05. We Are Trees – Girlfriend :: We Are Trees – I Don’t Believe In Love
06. Colleen Green – Cujo :: Colleen Green – Rabid Love
07. Toro y Moi – Freaking Out ::  Toro y Moi – All Alone
08. Il abanico – Crossing Colors :: Il abanico – Solo
09. Summer Camp – Young :: Summer Camp – Ghost Train
10. Tashaki Miyaki – Tashaki Miyaki :: Tashaki Miyaki – Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin’
11. Giraffage – Pretty Things :: Giraffage – Fnord
12. Toy Camera – Blissful Youth :: Toy Camera – Summer Days
13. Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale :: Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me a Tale
14. TV Girl – Benny & The Jets :: TV Girl – Benny & The Jets
15. Hospitality – Hospitality :: Hospitality – Betty Wang

Pic used via Creative Commons license courtesy of Kevin Dean.


  • dave

    i would’ve had to throw in white denim and phantogram. ‘don’t move’ was one of my favorite jams this year.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Matthew

    It’s funny this year was a big White Denim year for me (to be honest I finally discovered them this year), but I haven’t heard the whole EP, which is why it isn’t on my list. Inevitably there are always albums that are going to get missed. Maybe I should get around to listening to that now. Thanks for the heads up!

  • dave

    they put out a free album last year called ‘last day of summer’ which i think is pretty genius. its more ramshackle than ‘d’ but just as musically fleshed out- one of my favorites. ive never caught em live though im jealous

  • Holdtheonion

    How is Hospitality’s just released self titled LP an EP of 2011?

    I think you are referring to the Illuminations EP released in December 2011.

  • Tracyjesote123

    You know what I realized in listening to your mixtapes – almost all of the songs you choose are female singers – not that there is anything wrong with that – just interesting considering there is SO much great music with male lead vocalists too. Hmmm – any reason for that?

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Matthew

    Hi Tracy,

    I’m not sure that is true. Nonetheless, I’d agree with you – there are a LOT of great male vocalists. Most of my favorite bands (contemporary and historical) actually have male lead vocalists. On the January Mix, for example, 9 of the 16 tracks with vocals are male (3 tracks don’t feature vocals). On the December Mix, 15 of the 20 tracks feature male vocalists and 2 of the remaining tracks don’t feature any vocals. Going back and just glancing at my other mixtapes from the second half of last year I couldn’t spot any mixtapes that featured more female than male vocalists. So I’m not entirely sure what you are referring to.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Matthew

    Hi Holdtheonion,

    Actually, you are right I made a mistake. I wasn’t referring to either the self-titled LP or the Illuminations EP. I was referring to the self-titled EP which I mistakenly believed was released last year. It turns out it was only new to me last year, and came out in 2009. Apparently, I need a fact checker!