Spines – Spines E.P.

Dublin-based noise-pop four-piece Spines continue their considerable momentum with the band’s self-titled three track E.P. With slow-growling swaying thrash of ‘The Void’ kicking Spines new E.P off with a suitably percussively jolting start that quickly establishes the dynamic sound that the band are capable of. Merging harsh melodic noise-pop styled riffs, reminiscent of early September…

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Nova Collective – New Samba

Nova Collective return with a more thematic and stylised sophomore E.P. entitled New Samba. Opening with the interchanging rhythms and vocals of the E.P’s title-track, Nova Collective showcase a strong ability to portray an uplifting feel to their music that stays with the record throughout. Moving through numbers like ‘Tanto Tempo’ and ‘Starlight Samba’ there is…

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Emma O’Reilly – Purge

Songwriter Emma O’Reilly produces a haunting take on the alternative-pop and folk genres with her latest E.P. Purge. Opening with a howl of harmonic texture that encapsulates the scratching uneasy folk that dominates Purge, ‘Winter’ finds Emma O’Reilly pulling together the diverse array of influences and sounds that form the core of her music. A record defined…

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The Straw Gods – Under a Sun

Five-piece alternative-rock act the Straw Gods deliver a short, but promising introduction with their E.P. Under a Sun. Quickly finding its feet with ‘Under a Sun’, the jolting alternative-rock/proto-goth blend of the Straw Gods music comes into focus and lays the foundations for what is to follow. With a relatively short running time the Straw Gods…

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Stu Daly – The Kingsford Session

Folk singer-songwriter Stu Daly makes a lasting impression with his new E.P. The Kingsford Session. ‘St. Anthony’ bounds in with a loose, jangling traditional sound that introduces the overall feel The Kingsford Session, with the slight edges of folk-pop elements of Stu Daly’s songwriting becoming more prominent as the E.P continues. Creating a “live in your room”…

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Murli – Surface Tension

Limerick based MC MuRli makes a strong impact with his debut E.P. Surface Tension. Starting as it means to go on, Surface Tension opens with ‘Both Sides’. An impactful track that blends a myriad styles and moves with palpable intent both lyrically and rhythmically. As the E.P’s name would suggest, Surface Tension is upfront and daring with it pointed lyrical…

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Gross Net – Cassette

Girl Names’s Philip Quinn and Christian Donaghey of Autumns collaborative record Gross Net a tonally dense and engaging piece of post-punk inflected experimentalism.  Opening with the slow-moving groove of ‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’, Gross Net gradually introduce their more experimental inclinations overtime, blending them well into the alternative-rock soundscape of the track. Where Cassette really commits fully to it’s crunching…

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The Last Mixed Tape Reader’s Top 20 E.P’s of 2014

Voting has been open for 2 weeks with 34 E.P’s to choose from, and now we can reveal who the Last Mixed Tape Reader’s have voted the Top 20 E.P’s of 2014. And it’s a very interesting list… 20. Silences – Sister Snow Indie-folk act Silences start our top 20 with their second E.P. Sister…

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Ailbhe Reddy – Dwell

Singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy delivers a harmony driven record with her debut E.P. Dwell. From the persistent acoustic rhythm of ‘Flesh & Blood’ the melody soaked in reverb atmosphere of Dwell is clear and confidently established in the E.P’s opening moments. Through songs like ‘Cover Me’ and ‘Love of Your Son’ the serene, calm tone is fully…

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The Last Mixed Tape Readers E.P. of the Year 2014 – Voting

The shortlist is up and voting is now open for the Last Mixed Tape Readers E.P. of the Year 2014 poll. Following the reception the current the Last Mixed Tape’s Readers’ Album of the Year has received, and numerous requests, TLMT has drawn up a shortlist of E.P’s released in the last twelve months for…

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