Exclaim!'s Best of 2013: Top 10 EPs

Exclaim!'s Best of 2013: Top 10 EPs
5. Blood Diamonds
Osaka
(OWSLA)



Montreal native Mike Tucker continues his winning streak, started in 2012 for his Grimes collaboration "Phone Sex," on this two-song EP of chopped-up, breathy micro-samples and skittering drum crests. Equal parts atmosphere and dance floor flair, Osaka promises big things from a producer just beginning to tap the well of his potential. (Stephen Carlick)

4. Default Genders
Stop Pretending
(Independent)



Though he was for mansplaining sexual abuse to women, former Elite Gymnastics musician James Brooks' intentions to confront thorny issues on his debut EP as Default Genders seem pure, and the music — dour, gentle folktronica half-sung, half-spoken — suits it perfectly. (Stephen Carlick)

3. Annie
A&R EP
(Pleasure Makers)



For a moment there, it felt like missing posters for Norwegian pop star Annie were necessary. After breaking free from an international deal with Warner, she released her second album on Smalltown Supersound in 2009 with a fraction of the attention. She came back strong this year, getting back with "Chewing Gum" producer Richard X for a full collaborative EP. Evoking the fizzy rush and rave culture of '90s dance music, the duo integrate house, both Chicago and Italo, with X's keen ear for chart-friendly pop. A&R fulfilled the appetites of all the hungry Annie fans out there. (Cam Lindsay)

2. FKA twigs
EP2
(Young Turks)



On her second EP, UK singer twigs changed her named and teamed up with Yeezus contributing producer Arca. The result, four tracks of spacious, snapping production that highlight FKA Twigs' haunting, icy-cool vocal delivery, sound like somebody dropped trip-hop and then tried to glue the pieces back together. And it sounds incredible. (Stephen Carlick)

1. Perfect Pussy
I have lost all desire for feeling
(self-released)



Syracuse, New York's Perfect Pussy didn't intend to have their demo become anything more than, well, a demo. But with their blown out, distorted lo-fi production, people are treating their debut EP, a cassette titled I have lost all desire for feeling, like a genuine first release. Vocalist Meredith Graves bares her heart and soul, and her fearlessness as a lyricist (i.e. confronting her best friend for sleeping with her boyfriend) elevates the intensity of the four strident punk tunes. (Cam Lindsay)

To see more of the best music of this year, head over to our Best of 2013 section.