EPs have been popular in reggae for some time now and this year I have selected my top ten favorites. The list includes several debut sets, for example Jamaican EarthKry, The Frightnrs from the U.S. and two bright shining Jamaican songstresses – Toian and Keida.
Only single artist sets are included in the list and it’s presented in no particular order. If you’re curious about the music – check this Spotify playlist with all EPs. Enjoy!
Artist – EP title
Romain Virgo – Lifted
Blends consciousness and social commentaries with love songs and intoxicating rhythms and it bodes well for his new album.
EarthKry – Hard Road
Solid and very promising debut set from these Edna Manley alumnus.
Bitty McLean – Heart, Mind & Soul
Continues where his The Taxi Sessions left off. Bitty McLean sings his heart out over vintage Sly & Robbie riddims, originally laid at Channel One by the Hookim brothers.
The Frightnrs – Inna Lovers Quarrel
Killer release. Get ready for a rocksteady treat.
Nattali Rize & Notis – New Era Frequency
Contains heavy hitting tracks, both musically and lyrically, and brims with rebelliousness and emotion.
Brother Culture – The Flava
Brother Culture teams up with Reggae Roast for the seriously weighty EP. It comes with five deadly tracks, including the anthemic Soundsystem, and kicks off with bouncy 80s vibes on The Flava followed by the uncompromising Bring di Weed with its earth-shaking bass line.
Keida – Ebb and Flow
Showcases a mature singer comfortable with both up-tempo and hard-edged dancehall as well slower roots.
Randy Valentine – Still Pushing
Another beautiful set from Randy Valentine and after two EPs and several strong singles and one riddim album cuts I’m definitely ready for this emotive singer’s debut album.
Toian – Retrospect
Excellent and youthful debut from a fresh new voice.
Omar Perry – Be Cool
Produced by Sly & Robbie. And as usual with this ground breaking duo the set is well-crafted, expertly executed and with intriguing arrangements and song structures. And when Omar Perry shows no mercy on the microphone there is need to put up a fight against a set like this.