54 Best Albums of 2022

Here we are, ending one of the toughest years of my life – a year nonetheless filled with incredible music. It always bears repeating: every year is great for music as long as you’re open minded, especially if you’ve got a good circle of friends out there exploring and listening too. I’d like to thank all those friends for filling my life with achingly beautiful music every day, helping me through some of the roughest times I’ve ever known.

I was actually thinking of abandoning the annual list because of everything else going on, but I was convinced by a few friends that it’s worth setting aside the time to share, even if I can’t devote as much as I have in prior years. So, here we are. I’ve got fifty four albums that really lit up 2022 for me, gave me life, kept me going. You’ll find out why there’s an odd number on the final page.

I know I missed a bunch of great stuff, so let me know in the comments or on twitter @funkentechno. I’ll never catch up but it’s fun to try. Here we go, in the order I heard them:

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Soshi Takeda – Same Place, Another Time

Constellation Tatsu

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Shinichi Atobe – Love of Plastic

DDS

Listen and buy on Boomkat.

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N Chambers – Mirage Colony

Soft Profile

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Francis Harris – Thresholds

Scissor & Thread

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Whettman Chelmets – Joan

Flaming Pines

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar – Celestial Bodies

Self released

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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X.Y.R. – Vision Quest

Good Morning Tapes

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Violet – Transparências

Quântica

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Euglossine – Some Kind of Forever

Sound As Language

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Claire Rousay – everything perfect is already here

Shelter Press

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Fennec – a couple of good days

Self released

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Sophie Birch – Holotropica\

interCourse

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Alex Ho – Move Through It

Music From Memory

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Salamanda – ashbalkum

Human Pitch

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Jamal Moss – Thanks 4 the Tracks U Lost

Modern Love

Listen streaming anywhere and buy on Boomkat.

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Le Petit – Le Petit

Mage Circe Musica

Listen on Soundcloud or streaming anywhere and buy on Discogs I guess, the LP is sold out unfortunately.

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Mr. Fingers – Around the Sun pt.1

Alleviated Records

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Corben – Sun Variants

Hotham Sound

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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M. Takara & Carla Boregas – Linha D’Água

Bokeh Versions

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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Akusmi – Fleeting Future

Tonal Union

Listen and buy on Bandcamp.

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5 thoughts on “54 Best Albums of 2022

  1. Great list as always – new shackleton didn’t click on me at first spin, would’ve loved to hear some of your thoughts on that record. Will give it another go. Would also recommend Priori’s RED project – he put out quite a nice IDM album this year . cheers!

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  2. I’m sorry the year’s been a tough one, but all the more grateful for you publishing your EOY list because I love it unreservedly and genuinely have looked forward to it coming out for a number of years now. I’ve discovered so many new artists because of you. Thank you!

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