2022 best postpunk LP

The year is about to be over and we go out busier than ever – after a month of trying to catch up with a crazy productive year for musicians and live venues coming out of the pandemic. With nigh-on 100 posts this December, the next couple of months also see us dedicating more time to Record Turnover – so thanks to everyone on the other side of the screen, and welcome to any new visitors.

The fourth and final part of our end-of-year lists for 2022 is the ‘album of the year’ category, excluding electronic music. This year the list is almost exclusively focused on post-punk, punk, hardcore and DIY pop. I’ve also loved albums within other genres, but if you are looking for a more eclectic selection I’d recommend you to scroll down to the bottom where you’ll find a longer playlist.

This year was Romero’s year from the very beginning. Coming out of 2020 with a ‘single of the year’, tours have taken them further and further out, landing them a stateside deal with Feel It and they finally made it to Europe. Their first album is the best powerpop since The Shivvers and it’s a no-brainer of a #1.

This year also belongs to the Cincinnati collective around Dylan McCartney and the Future Shock label. Dylan plays in three projects that are featured on the list: The Drin, The Serfs and Crime of Passing. Next year The Serfs are finally coming to Europe to play, so keep an eye out.

Top 15 releases

  1. Romero – Turn It On! (Feel It)
  2. Crime of Passing – World On Fire (Feel It)
  3. The Serfs – Primal Matter (Dream)
  4. Left For Pleasure – Human Contract (Detriti)
  5. Daddy’s Boy – Great News! (Drunken Sailor)
  6. Morgana – Contemporaneità (Low Ambition)
  7. The Drin – Down River In the Distance (Future Shock)
  8. Glaas – Qualm (Static Shock)
  9. Children Maybe Later – What a Flash Kick! (Sloth Mate)
  10. Börn – Drottningar Daudans (Iron Lung)
  11. V/A – Bildende Künstler*innen versuchen Musik zu machen 1 & 2 (Billo)
  12. Automatic – Excess (Stones Throw)
  13. Carla dal Forno – Come Around (Kallista)
  14. Self Improvement – Visible Damage (Floating Mill)
  15. Vidro – Glöd (Beach Impediment)

Naturally there has been a lot more great music out there this year, so here’s a playlist gathering tracks from our 100 favourite releases (both albums and singles/EPs):

Notable reissues

Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – The Bridge (Mute)
Vox Populi – Psyko Tropix (Touch Sensitive)
VA – 80s Underground Cassette Culture Vol 2 (Contort Yourself)
VA – Polyphonic Cosmos: Sonic Innovations In Japan (1980​-​1986) (Cease & Desist)
Shadowplay – Another Autumn Day (Low Ambition)
Euroshima – Gala (Dark Entries)
Aunt Sally – s/t (Mesh-Key)
Lungleg – Maid to Minx (Last Night From Glasgow)
Morgen – Morgen 2LP (Now-Again)
Les Rallizes Dénudés – The OZ Tapes (Temporal Drift)
Dana Gillespie – Foolish Seasons (Decca RSD)

Best Swedish releases

Treasury of Puppies – Mitt Stora Nu (Discreet)
JJULIUS – Vol. 2 (DFA)
Klara Livet – Varandra (Förlag För Fri Musik)
Kemi – s/t (Inåt Bakåt)
Astrid Øster Mortensen – Skærgårdslyd (Discreet)

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