2011 in Review: Kyle Long's top EPs


In lieu of a Don't Miss feature this week, we're featuring more Year in Review music picks from NUVO contributor Kyle Long.

1. Fatima - Follow You (Eglo)

Backed by Floating Points, Fatima delivers four tracks of otherworldly soul. The mysterious and subdued "Innervisions" was one of my favorite tracks of 2011.

2. Michael Kiwanaku - Tell Me A Tale (Interscope)

"Tell Me a Tale" is one of the strongest debuts I've ever heard from an artist. Soaked in the sound of late '60s soul jazz, this EP is a must for fans of Nick Drake, Terry Callier or Bill Withers.

3. Mo Kolours - Drum Talking (One Handed Music)

Interesting sounds from the half-Mauritian vocalist/percussionist. This is unlike anything else I've heard. Ethereal, forward-looking African music.

4. Major Lazer - Original Don (Mad Decent)

A blazing Balkan brass fanfare hails the return of Major Lazer, who delivers a monstrous sequel to their dance floor classic "Pon De Floor."

5. Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Thuggin (Stones Throw)

"Thuggin" presents classic soulful hip-hop sounds from Gary, Ind.'s Gibbs and beat conductor Madlib.

6. Burial - Street Halo (Hyperdub)

The much-anticipated return of UK producer Burial doesn't disappoint. Haunting, mournful vocals spread over a distant echo of dance floor rhythms.

7. Kaleidoscope Jukebox - Rite Of Passage (self released)

This is another solid EP of global, downtempo beats from Bloomington, Ind. maestro Clint Carty.

Rite Of Passage by Kaleidoscope Jukebox

8. Gods Robots - Stormy Weather (self released)

This is a brilliant collaboration between Sri Lankan-born producer Janaka Selekta and vocalist Taamara. Traces of Indian classical music travel alongside dubbed-out electronica.

9. Dorian ConceptHer Tears Taste Like Pears (Ninja Tune)

Dorian Concept is a big favorite of mine. The Vienna-based producer has crafted a sound quite unlike anything else in contemporary electronic music. Jazzy, elastic, pitch-bent synths sing weird melodies, while frenetic, skittering beats punch out the time.

10. The Echocentrics - Echoland: A Tribute To Timbaland (Ubiquity)

Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma leads The Echocentrics through funk-drenched versions of Timbaland classics. Aaliyah's "We Need A Resolution," performed in Portuguese by Brazilian singer Tita Lima, is a standout.


Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.