20 Top EPs Of Summer 2017
We've already agreed that this has been the summer of sonic success -- with comebacks from major pop stars, surprise albums dropped, and tons of slick singles from our favorite songwriters, the summer of 2017 has granted us some serious music love. Earlier this week, we put together a list of our favorite full-length albums, so now we're sharing our 20 top EPs from the summer right here (in order of their release date):
1. Gold In You by Ashleigh Ball: Indie-pop band Hey Ocean!'s lead vocalist, Ashleigh Ball, released her debut solo record back in June. The EP is stacked with dance pop gems. Not only is the production impressive, the arrangements are colorful and vibrant and Ball's vocals are sugary sweet with a soul influence. Every track dazzles with layers of catchy power-pop rhythms, the perfect recipe for a summer soundtrack. Standout tracks: "Crazy" and "Blue Moon"
2. Sometimes by Young Troy: Montreal-based hip-hop artist Young Troy's debut EP is a slick, thoughtful introduction to his talent as a wordsmith and vocalist. The tracks are smooth easy-listening, combining hazy electro pulses for major danceability and cool, quick rap for lyrical obsession. Standout tracks: "Just Might" and "Sometimes"
3. I Don't Like Being Honest by The Aces: Powerhouse pop group The Aces have been buzzed about all summer. On their debut EP, they craft four radio-ready anthems. Soulful harmony, groovy instrumentation, and relatable lyrics like "It's some kind of magic between you and I / But I gotta be honest, baby / We just can't get it right" come together for obsession-worthy pop wonders. Standout tracks: "Stuck" and "Touch"
4. California Freaks by Carrie Lane: Pop singer-songwriter and model Carrie Lane released her debut EP this summer, four tracks of woozy, sultry soulful anthems. She's a powerhouse vocalist, perfectly capturing a smoky, breathy tone above tropical rhythms and sleek dance hooks. Standout tracks: "Drowning" and "If I Can't Be With You"
5. Party's Over by Astrid S: Young Norwegian artist Astrid S dropped her sophomore EP a few months ago, offering slices of pure pop perfection that threaten to climb the top charts. Her voice is a mere wisp, airy and full of vibrato, while the accompanying arrangements move from intriguing R&B dance ragers to twinkling electro beats. Standout tracks: "Such A Boy" and "Does She Know"
6. Kaleidoscopes by Transviolet: New LA-based band Transviolet are quickly on the rise, gaining a loyal fanbase who are rightfully obsessed with their carefree charm and sing-along anthems. Their newest EP is heavily percussion-based as throbbing rhythms swirl around smooth vocals. Standout tracks: "Kaleidoscopes" and "Bruises"
7. Something American by Jade Bird: On her debut EP, young English singer-songwriter Jade Bird gives us tender folk tunes. The record is carefully curated, sparse in its acoustic arrangements but growing in intensity during the choruses, and the vocals are clear and distinct. Standout tracks: "Something American" and "Cathedral"
8. Dirt by Hayden Calnin: Australian singer-songwriter Calnin's latest EP is a devastating confession of mental health as he uses sparkling, swirling, haunting arrangements to peek inside despair. His voice is an aching growl and every song is designed to destroy you, but does so gorgeously. Standout tracks: "Visible" and "Dirt"
9. Add Violence by Nine Inch Nails: Their second EP of the year, the iconic industrial rock band offer five creeping gut-punches. The instrumentation is slick and ambient, floating above foggy falsetto and desperate delivery, but sometimes in-your-face rhythms burst onto the scene, crafting a ghostly and robotic collection. Standout tracks: "This Isn't The Place" and "Not Anymore"
11. Nervous System by Julia Michaels: The young artist has penned chart-topping singles for the biggest stars, and she proves her solo talent on her debut EP. The record is full of seriously addictive pop anthems decorated by electric percussion and led by Michaels' angelic voice. Standout tracks: "Uh Huh" and "Worst In Me"
12. All Your Fault: Part 2 by Bebe Rexha: Well-known vocal collaborator Bebe Rexha's third solo EP is a homerun. She enlists the help of some music legends, but she doesn't need it. Her vocal performance is killer, the beats are both sleek and catchy, and overall each song comes together for an EP full of radio-ready summer anthems. Standout tracks: "I Got Time" and "(Not) The One"
13. dont smile at me by Billie Eilish: She might be 15, but she has all the elements of a future popstar. Her voice is unbelievable, clear and mature, while her knack for layering vocals and sultry, sexy rhythms is undeniable. Every track on Eilish's EP is mesmerizing. Standout tracks: "my boy" and "ocean eyes"
14. Manna by Fashawn: On his latest EP, California-based hip-hop artist Fashawn goes hard with rapid, witty wordplay and intensifying arrangements. The result is honest, wondrous, and wildly creative. His delivery is on point with versatile vocals and poetic raps. Standout tracks: "Proud" and "Clouds Above"
15. New Shackle Island by Foster McGinty: Married Americana duo Foster McGinty's new EP proves that they are worthy songwriters on the Nashville scene. Their tunes are high-energy alt-rock gems with fiery rhythms and sweet harmony, singing intense lines like "Everyone around here is a ghost / I’m on a bad ride / I’m hurting everyone that loves me the most." Standout tracks: "Bad Ride" and "Overdue"
16. J U S T P R O C E S S by J U S T P R O C E S S: Under his new moniker, Philly-based producer Ben Runyan enlisted local vocal talent on his debut EP. The result is five tracks of instant club bangers, heavy with electro-pop arrangements and soulful powerhouse voices. Standout tracks: "Daydreaming" ft. Caitlin Hoffert and "I Already Know" ft. Joannie Jimenez
17. Blood by Wolfy: On her debut EP, LA-based songwriter and producer Wolfy teams up with fellow musicians for a deliciously genre-defying record. Soulful electric rhythms, acoustic confessions, and sweet singalongs dot the EP, all of which are impeccably produced with care and creativity. Standout tracks: "The Apology Song" and "Wasted On The Young" ft. Huxlee and AMAN
18. Unusable Love by El Ten Eleven: Post-rock group El Ten Eleven are no strangers to releasing addictive ambient records. On their latest EP, they team up with vocalist Emile Mosseri for a few enchanting, gorgeous tracks that demand to be replayed. Standout tracks: "Unusable Love" and "She's A Live One"
20. stardustexhalemarrakechdreams by ZHU: Electronic producer ZHU has only been active for a few years but he has earned the spotlight. His newest EP is utterly brilliant, each track layered with synth goodness and bizarre elements that come together to create a mesmerizing, schizophrenic record. Standout tracks: "Exhale" and "Chasing Marrakech"