Before we bring out our list of the year’s best albums, we have one final precursor. Today, we have rounded up our favorite EPs of the past 12 months. They stem from a talented crop of artists, many of whom are producers showcasing their talents without an MC or vocalist. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, most notably British rapper DELS, Philly future-soul outfit Elegant Animals, and New York alt-producer Hot Sugar. Additionally, many of the projects on here are free, so be sure to click a hyperlink if you see it within the text.