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Find reviews of music EPs (extended plays) across multiple genres in our EP reviews section.

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Re-issued as part of the Terror Twilight anniversary-and-a-bit deluxe edition, ‘Spit on a Stranger’ is faithfully accompanied by the original suite of b-sides as well as an additional live version of ‘Harness Your Hopes’. You almost certainly already know, but the lullaby guitars and warm vocals are interspersed with Beatlesy breaks and lead us to […]

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After four decades of touring, The Wall played their last live show in 2017. Founders Andy Griffiths and Ian Lowery have both been lost to the music scene since this performance. As a tribute to Ian and Andy, Spectacle Music teamed up with Al Gregg (Three Minute Warning / Four Minds Crack) who joined The […]

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Edinboro’s Mallory Run are a four-piece emo rock band that are celebrating their sixth year. Their Picture Perfect EP was released this year and landed on our virtual doormat following a recommendation from Old Neon. On offer are five tracks with a driving rock beat, starting with the title track, ‘Picture Perfect’. This band love […]

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The thought of pressing play on Salem’s second extended play filled me with trepidation. The first EP was such a frequent player at Phonotonal HQ… what if the new record failed to deliver that same punch? Perhaps it would be safer to stick with the familiar rather than tarnish the memory. Yeah right. ‘William, It […]

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With a feel-good positive bound, Tracing Faces count us into ‘Time’, with fronts the EP of the same name. They bring an emo-rock-n-roll freshness to the speakers with crisp guitars and clear melodic vocals – a youthful Jimmy Eat World, if you will. This tight and crunchy impression is further strengthened in the Weezer-like ‘Best […]

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After twenty years of gathering dust, Little 10 have released their work in a digital format. Just as we did when we found an old Macromedia Flash file containing some Brussel Spaceship tracks, we unleashed Haski-Coast on our speakers to see how well it has weathered two decades. Simply put, it’s done rather well. Storm […]

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Buzzing into life with the morose chorus line of “save yourself; fall out of love”, it’s not long before Salem’s ultra-pink EP has won me over with its pacey anthemic sound. ‘Fall Out of Love’ is a dark All American Rejects, or a brighter My Chemical Romance – ultimately a great emo-mantra with an impressive […]

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With a cassette-tape format and glitched black and white photography, expectations of a series of lo-fi renditions of Just Mustard songs are quickly dispelled on this classy extended play. Recorded for the Part Time Punks show on KXLU, the EP features six tracks including really great versions of ‘Frank’ and ‘October’, which we have already […]

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Appropriately housed in the same stable as Wolf Alice, Beabadoobee supplies a reportedly lo-fi extended play that defies the brand in all except the smartly discordant flourishes and semi-tonal vocal sashays. From the Drugstore kick of ‘Are you Sure’ to the last hum of ‘Space Cadet’, this is a top-drawer offering. The vocal is flawless […]

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Mike TV return with their latest release, Stopgap EP, which follows an awesome eponymous album and their ‘Lie Low, Lilo’ single. ‘Dandelion’ opens the record with an instant pop stormer, complete with moody verse and immense chorus. There are plenty of the trademark Mike TV harmonies mixed in with choppy guitars and there are also […]

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The wonderful crunch of ‘Love Made Visible’ sets the tone for a long-overdue return for Delays. It’s melodic, it’s got a great rhythm and it’s as colourful as the paint-splattered video that accompanies it. ‘Panic Attacks’ has a dangerously brilliant chorus and ‘Slow Burn’ is incredibly moody, adding some shade to a very bright record. […]

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Well, The Mag’s reviewing roundabout revolves again and the hand of fate makes a slightly rude gesture and throws Optional Down’s second offering onto my desk (shortly followed by Loopy – both of which have I’ve had the aural pleasure of before from previous offerings). Last time around these chaps scored a credible 5/10 however, […]

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‘Nancy’ has an overall Rancid-esque sound and a vocal that’s more common than Lily Allen. It is a track full of bitter jealously, which quite frankly I didn’t enjoy listening to. From this song, I got a false impression of Laura and the thought of having to listen to her slag off more girls didn’t […]

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‘These Days’ introduces you to the funky, soulful musical talent of Julia Harris. If you take a little bit of KT Tunstall and a little bit of Amy Winehouse and a tiny piece of The Spin Doctors you’ll get an idea of what this catchy song sounds like. With jazz and R’n’B influences, ‘Sticks and […]

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I’m sure you’re all fed up with the dull, rainy days we have to endure through the winter months. Well, thankfully there’s a new cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder, just take a listen to Emm and let those winter blues fade away. ‘Summer’ definitely has a summertime vibe, with the chime of acoustic guitar and […]