We excitedly present our music blog’s 22 picks of 2022. From Techno and House to everything in between, our team has reviewed seriously stellar releases this past year, covering artists and labels all across the globe. Spain and Argentina certainly made their presence known with hypnotic and heavy-hitting sonics. Electro and Breaks have made their respective comebacks. The realm of underground music has not disappointed in the least. With so many impactful EP’s and LP’s delivered, our talented blog writers have worked hard to stay ahead of the trends.
UK techno producer A Sagittariun delivers “Strange Brew” EP for a mind-bending follow up to his 2021 EP on Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint. Three complex and distinctly unique journeys are heavily packed with psychedelic and hypnotic influences while simultaneously containing the raw power Rekids releases are known for.
Token Records welcomes back Luke Slater under his Planetary Assault Systems moniker with “Devotion” EP as an extension to his hugely successful “Skyscraping” LP released on the Belgian label late last year.
In his first full-length since releasing as Carl Finlow on 20:20 Vision “Apparatus” and his self-released album “Crushed,” Carl Finlow as Silicon Scally takes on a new direction with groovy and intricate Detroit Electro and Kraftwerk-esque themes across “Field Lines” on the indomitable Central Processing Unit label out of Sheffield.
Electro powerhouse label, Cultivated Electronics, is back at it with a sinister bout titled “Sense Combiner”. Client_03 is not a natural human but rather a sentient machine delivering bionic transmissions with class and swagger.
Cherushii, with help from her family and friends, posthumously releases previously digital-only releases into vinyl-reissue “3 EPs” album compilation, creating a physical commemorative cenotaph to memorialize her work as a musician who pushed the bounds of underground house, disco, and pop music.
Burial’s productions chronicle an inescapable sense of disintegration. These inconstant, drifting, longing voices, carried away on winds import the cycle of finding people and losing them again, here, sped up and caught on brittle tape. There is a notable absence of drums of any kind, or even similarly structured sounds masquerading as percussion. If Burial’s past work can be characterized as downbeat or downtempo, his latest release “Antidawn” firmly emphasizes the latter.
Vara de Garganta’s new “Pandelium” release on Darkroom Bureau is a deep dive into hypnotic pretenses and sequencing coupled with a harder edge. Including a remix from Blank Code’s Anthony Jimenez, the release dances across a heavier but abstract approach to the DC-based label’s signature sound.
Straight up raw Jungle Techno from the deviant Pessimist, “Blue 09” comes in hot and heavy with an A-side of realness. Pounding and unrelenting, the champion from Bristol, Kristian Jabs, aka Pessimist presents a primal package of killer, club-ready hits.
Berlin techno mainstay Patrick Gräser, aka Answer Code Request, punches out hot new “Shattering” EP for the legendary imprint, Delsin Records. The longtime Berghain resident presents us with four tracks in his unique style, fusing breakbeat and techno that’s sure to keep your body in motion and your mind in the clouds.
Three friends, and incidentally Techno champions in their own right, Drumcell, Truncate, and Chris Liebing got together one bright sunny morning in Los Angeles at Drumcell’s studio to casually throw down an EP full of bangin’ Techno that shares their individual tastes, styles, and expert knowledge of the craft on “The Heights”.
Marco Lenzi’s Molecular Recordings is a stalwart anchor of the trueschool. Following a hefty, three volume remix package of his seminal “Taboo”—including Jeroen Search, Inigo Kennedy, Exos mixes, then an EP by Mai Haiping—the series continues with “XX 9” by Mal Hombre.
Curated by some of our incredible review team: Sean Ocean, Jeronimo Watson, Jack Plumb, Colin Cook, Peter Stimson, Dylan Brady, and Katie Harris.
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