Best Albums of 2022 So Far

(A list in perpetual flux, I hope it goes without saying — expect a few additions, maybe some subtractions and plenty of transpositions. I include a couple very-late-in-2021 titles, though release dates in the streaming age can sometimes be amorphous. 2022 Product reports here; I’ve reconsidered some scores. And clearly, the below tally could go longer, but I’m trying to limit myself to A’s and just the highest B+s.)

  1.  Fulu Miziki Ngbaka (Moshi Moshi UK EP)
  2.  Babes Wodumo Crown (West Ink ’21) 
  3. Cäthe Chill Out Punk (Träum Weiter! Germany)
  4. Bright Dog Red Under the Porch (Ropeadope)
  5. The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet A Time For Healing (Spiritmuse ’21)
  6.  David Murray Brave New World Trio with Brad Jones and Hamid Drake Seriana Promethea (Intakt Switzerland)
  7. Club D’Elf You Never Know (Face Pelt)
  8.  Avalanche Kaito Avalanche Kaito (Glitterbeat Europe)
  9. The Neptune Power Federation Le Demon de A’Mour (Cruz Del Sur Italy)
  10. Phelimuncasi Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes Uganda)
  11. Chief and the Doomsday Device Flux Populi (Frownland)
  12. El Khat Albat Alawi Op.99 (Glitterbeat Europe)
  13. Ibibio Sound Machine Electricity (Merge) 
  14. SpellBook Deadly Charms (Cruz Del Sur Italy)
  15. David Krakauer Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! (Table Pounding)
  16. Black Midi Hellfire (Rough Trade) 
  17. K.O.G.: Kweku of Ghana Zone 6, Agege (Pura Viva France)
  18. Deca Smoking Gun (Coalmine)
  19. Sinkane Cartoons in the Night Vol.1: Live 2019 (City Slang Europe)
  20. Suzi Analogue Infinite Zonez (Disciples)
  21. DJ Travella Mr. Mixondo (Nyege Nyege Tapes Uganda)
  22. Edoheart Pandemonium (Edoheart EP)
  23. Raven Chacon Inhale/Exhale (Other Minds)
  24. Linda Ayupuka God Created Everything (Mais Um Discos UK)
  25. La Roche Liye Liye (Nyege Nyege Tapes Uganda)
  26. Coco Em Kilumi (InFiné France)
  27. Brötzmann Graves Parker Historic Music Past Tense Future (Black Editions Archive)
  28. Lady Wray Piece of Me (Big Crown)
  29. Voivod  Synchro Anarchy (Century Media)
  30. Tomasz Dąbrowski & The Individual Beings (April Denmark) 
  31. Yard Act The Overload (Zen F.C./Island)
  32. Miranda Lambert Palomino (Vanner/RCA)
  33. The Comet Is Coming Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam (Impulse!)
  34. Wet Leg Wet Leg (Domino)
  35. DJ Marz & DJ Jester Made in USA (Djjesterthefilipinofist/Losflyingturntables/Bandcamp)
  36. Metrolight Copyright Strike (Tee Pee EP)
  37. Charlotte Adigéry Topical Dancer (Deewee Belgium)
  38. The Mysterines Reeling (Fiction UK)
  39. Eric Wagner In the Lonely Light of Mourning (Cruz Del Sur Italy)
  40. Priscilla Block Welcome to the Block Party (Mercury Nashville/InDent)
  41. Nduduzo Makhathini In the Spirit of Ntu (Blue Note)
  42. Horsegirl Versions of Modern Performance (Matador) 
  43. Louis Sclavis Les Cadences Du Monde (JMS France)
  44. Ingrid Andress Good Person (Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic)
  45. Willie Nelson A Beautiful Time (Legacy) 
  46. Sonja Loud Arriver (Cruz Del Sur Italy)
  47. Earthgang Ghetto Gods (Dreamville)
  48. Oneida Success (Joyful Noise) 
  49.  Ghost Impera (Loma Vista)
  50. Brennan Leigh feat. Asleep At The Wheel Obsessed With the West (Signature Sounds) 

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