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KGNU DJs Top 10 Albums of 2022

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2022 KGNU DJ Top 10 Albums

2022 KGNU DJ Top 10 Albums

The end of 2022 is here, and our DJs are taking a look back at their favorite releases from this year. See what albums your favorite KGNU DJs loved in 2022!

Andy Zicklin Andy Zicklin

In no apparent order!

1 Hutch Harris Suck up all the Oxygen Hutch Harris
2 Sugar Britches Noone Cares it's your Birthday Pantalones Del Azucar
3 The Burning Hell Garbage Island The Burning Hell
4 The Fratellis Half Drunk Under a Full Moon (Deluxe) The Fratellis under license to Cooking Vinyl
5 Pit Pony World To Me Clue Records
6 Jazz Butcher Highest in the Land Tapete
7 Andy Prieboy One and One Make Three Andy Prieboy
8 Robyn Hitchcock Shufflemania Tiny Ghost
9 The Red Tack Judy The Red Tack
10 Gasoline Lollipops Nightmares Gasoline Lollipops

Bob Cosmo Bob Cosmo

1 The Frightnrs Always Daptone Records
2 Billy Woods Aethiopes / Church Backwoodz
3 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers Aftermath
4 Sarathy Korwar KALAK The Leaf Label
5 ELUCID I told Bessie Backwoodz
6 FOANS Gateway 100% Silk
7 Elusive Allusions Alpha Pup
8 Steve Lacy Gemini Rights L-M
9 Yungmorpheus Up Against the Wall: A Degree of Lunacy Bad Taste
10 Anteloper Pink Dolphins International Anthem

Cal Huss Cal Huss

A ripper of a year for new music. Lots of runners-up, but feel good about what landed here. IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BECAUSE I CAN'T HANDLE THE PRESSURE!

1 Aoife Nessa Francis Protector Partisan Records
2 Danger Mouse & Black Thought Cheat Codes BMG
3 Hermanos Gutiérrez El Bueno Y El Malo Easy Eye Sound
4 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers pgLang/Interscope
5 Kikagaku Moyo Kumoyo Island Guruguru Brain
6 Kutiman Open Siyal
7 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset Domino
8 Romare Fantasy You See
9 SAULT 11 Forever Living Originals
10 Work Money Death Thought, Action, Reaction, Interaction ATA

Cary Wolfson Cary Wolfson

Here's my vote for the best blues album of 2022.

1 Demetria Taylor Doin' What I'm Supposed to Do Delmark

D Rider D Rider

D Rider's 2022 Soul + R&B Top 10.

1 Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic WMG (on behalf of Atlantic Records)
2 Tank & The Bangas Red Balloons UMG Recordings, Inc.
3 Lee Fields Sentimental Fool Daptone Records
4 Amber Mark Three Dimensions Deep A PMR / EMI recording
5 Thee Sacred Souls Thee Sacred Souls Daptone
6 Sudan Archives Natural Brown Prom Queen Stones Throw
7 J Red (the Nephew) Nephew Swing JESSE Redmond
8 Smino Luv 4 Rent Motown Records
9 Monophonics Sage Motel COLEMINE RECORDS
10 V.C.R. The Chronicles of a Caterpiller: The Egg Leaving Records

D Rider D Rider

D Rider’s overall 2022 Top 10 Albums.

1 Wet Leg Chaise Lounge Domino
2 Bomba Estereo Deja Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
3 Hiatus Kaiyote Mood Valiant (The Remixes) Ninja Tune Ltd (on behalf of Brainfeeder)
4 Elito Reve Y Su Charangon Evolution 6.5 Elito Reve Y Su Charangon
5 Charlotte Adigery + Bolis Pupil Topical Dancer Bounty & Banana
6 Stromae Multitude Mosaert Label
7 Ibibio Sound System Electricity Merge records
8 The Harlem Gospel Travelers Look Up! COLEMINE RECORDS
9 Various Take Me To the River: New Orleans Petaluma Records
10 Pongo Sakidila Universal Music

Damon Haley Damon Haley


1 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino
2 Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named If Capitol
3 Plains I Walked With You a Ways Anti
4 Horace Andy Midnight Rocker On-U Sound
5 Tim Bernardes Mil Coisas Invismveis Psychic Hotline
6 Eli Winter Eli Winter Three Lobed Recordings
7 Tommy McLain I Ran Down Every Dream Yep Roc Records
8 The Unthanks Sorrows Away Rabble Rouser
9 Marina Allen Centrifics Fire Records
10 Sylvie Sylvie Full Time Hobby

Dave Alex Dave Alex

1 Sun's Signature Sun's Signature Partisan Records
2 E23 & Chris Mosdell Consumed By Ecstatic Cargoes Ronin Janitor Records
3 The Detox Twins Dead Horse Ghost Vorderhaus
4 Mordant Arrow Death Shapes Owlripper Recordings
5 Acidbat Laundry Cuts Acidbat
6 Maschine Brennt Puls Razgrom Music
7 Dopplereffekt Neurotelepathy Leisure System
8 Yamaoka Small Theater Carpe Sonum
9 21 DOWNBEAT Dusche Keller Germany
10 AMANDRA/MATTHEIS Lettre Ouverte Nous Klaer Audio

Deeprawk Dave Deeprawk Dave

Smurfin was a short lived form of electro Hip Hop, primarily released in 1982. In 2022 we dig deep to celebrate 40 years of Smurfin.

1 Spyder D Smerphies Dance 12" Telestar Cassettes
2 The Extra T's E.T. Boogie 12" Sunnyview Records
3 GQ Try Smurfin' 12" Arista Records
4 Tyrone Brunson The Smurf on LP 'Sticky Situation' Epic Records
5 The Micronawts Smurph Across the Surf 12" Tuff City Records
6 The Smurfs Dance With the Reggae Smurf on LP 'Best of Friends' Starland Music
7 Electric Power Band Poppa Smerf (The Big Throwdown) 12" Bee Pee Records
8 Special Request Salsa Smurph 12" Tommy Boy Records
9 Unlimited Touch Searching to Find the One (Francois K Remix) Prelude Records
10 Chapter Three/ Grand Groove Bunch Smurf Trek/Smurf Groove 12" Grand Groove Records

DJ Marlowe DJ Marlowe

1 Trentemøller Memoria In My Room
2 Erin Rae Lighten Up Good Memory
3 Papercuts Past Life Regression Slumberland
4 Beast Nest Sicko Ratskin
5 Daeva Through Sheer Will and Black Magic 20 Buck Spin
6 Pye Corner Audio Let's Emerge Sonic Cathedral
7 Cate Le Bon Pompeii Mexican Summer
8 Hedonist Sepulchral Lacerations Neon Taste
9 Mo Dotti Guided Imagery Smoking Room
10 Donny Benet Le Piano Dot Dash

DJ Swingsett DJ Swingsett

1 Louie Vega Expansions in the NYC Nervous Records
2 Inkswel & The Snaglepuss Chasing Infinity Cosmocities
3 Daniel Maunick Persistence Far Out Recordings
4 Alex Attias presents El Mustang Two Visions Recordings
5 Dego Love Was Never Your Goal 2000Black
6 Inkswel & Colonel Red Holders Of The Sun Vol. 1 Compost Records
7 Ron Trent What Do the Stars Say To You? Night Time Stories
8 Avantdale Bowling Club TREES Years Gone By
9 Jazzanova Strata Records - The Sound of Detroit - Reimagined by Jazzanova 180 Proof Records
10 Various Artists “Together with Ukraine: Drum & Bass, Jungle, Footwork, Dubstep & Art for The Ukrainian Red Cross Society� Together with Ukraine

Doug Gertner Doug Gertner

Runners Up: Wilco - Cruel Country -- Tomberlin - i don't know who needs to hear this... -- Aldous Harding - Warm Chris -- Cate Le Bon - Pompeii -- Plains - I Walked With You A Ways

1 Zoë Aqua In Vald Arayn Borscht Beat
2 Calexico El Mirador ANTI- Records
3 Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You 4AD
4 Sadurn Radiator Run for Cover Records
5 Florist Florist Double Double Whammy
6 Angel Olsen Big Time Jagjaguwar
7 Congotronics International Where's The One? Crammed Discs
8 Mavis Staples & Levon Helm Carry Me Home ANTI- Records
9 Shannen Moser The Sun Still Seems To Move Lame-O
10 Here It Is Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Blue Note Records


It was hard to put this together. So much music I liked but I don't feel like this should be a ranked list. These are just discs I kept coming back to.

1 Aliaksandr Yasinski Hlybini Riverboat
2 Berta Rojas Legado Self
3 Susana Baca Palabras Urgentes Real World
4 Björk Fossora One Little Independent
5 Cécile McLorin Salvant Ghost Song Nonesuch
6 Wesli Trasdisyon Cumbancha
7 Bruno Berle No Reino Dos Afetos Far Out Recordings
8 Plínio Fernandes Saudade Decca
9 Various Artists A Guide To The Birdsong Of Western Africa Rough Trade
10 Melissa Aldana 12 Stars Blue Note

Greg Schultz Greg Schultz

1 Brennen Leigh Obsessed With The West Signature Sounds Recordings
2 Charley Crockett The Man From Waco Thirty Tigers Records
3 Catherine Russell Send For Me Dot Time Records
4 Eiyza Gylkyson Songs From The River Wind Howling Dog Records
5 Tommy McClain I Ran Down Every Dream Yep Rock Records
6 Jon Batiste The Nominated Collection Verve Label Group
7 Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder Get On Board Nonesuch Records
8 Samara Joy Linger Awhile Verve Records
9 Melissa Carper Ramblin' Soul Thirty Tigers Records
10 Henri Herbert Boogie Till I Die Self (Henry Herbert)

Indra Raj Indra Raj

1 Lady Wray Piece of Me Big Crown
2 Samora Pinderhughes GRIEF Stretch
3 Max ZT Daybreak Six Degrees
4 Brijean Angelo Ghostly International
5 Marlow, L'Orange & Solemn Brigham Marlowe 3 Mello Music
6 Dandelion All You Know Self Released
8 Daniel Rossen You Belong There Warp
9 Beshken Pantomime MATH
10 Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia Partisan

Iris Berkeley Iris Berkeley

2022 was one of the best years for new music in so long! Choosing albums for this list was an embarrassment of riches.

1 Ghost Funk Orchestra A New Kind of Love Colemine
2 Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodélicos ATO Records
3 Mike Clark & The Sugar Sounds Moon Rock Self
4 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino
5 Makaya McCraven In These Times International Anthem
6 Raw Poetic & Damu The Fudgemunk Laminated Skies Def Presse
7 Aldous Harding Warm Chris 4AD
8 Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul Topical Dancer Deewee
9 Kennebec Without Star or Compass Night Time Stories
10 Alabaster DePlume Gold International Anthem

Joanne Cole Joanne Cole

1 various Sacred Soul of North Carolina Bible & Tire
2 Shemekia Copeland Done Come to Far Alligator
3 Tuba Skinny Magnolia Stroll Self
4 Sunny and the Sunliners Mr Brown Eyed Soul Vol. 2 Big Crown Records
5 Ann Peebles & Hi Rhythm Section Live In Memphis Memphis International Record
6 Leyla McCalla Breaking The Thermometer Anti
7 Charlie Gabriel & Preservation Hall Jazz Band 89 Sub Pop
8 The Bongo Hop La Napa Underdog Records
9 Tia Carroll You've Gotta Have it Little village
10 Mavis Staples Levon Helm Carry Me Home Anti

Joel Davis Joel Davis

1 Acid Coco Camino Al Mar El Palmas Music
2 Barrio Lindo Espuma de Mar Shika Shika
3 Bruno Berle No Reino Dos Afetos Far Out Recordings
4 Jeff Parker Forfolks International Anthem
5 Lee "Scratch" Perry King Scratch: Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive Trojan
6 Mauskovic Dance Band Bukaroo Bank Les Disques Bongo Joe
7 Oren Ambarchi Shebang Drag City
8 Pan Amsterdam & Damu the Fudgemunk Eat Def Presse
9 Sudan Archives Natural Brown Prom Queen Stones Throw
10 Sun Ra Arkestra & Salah Ragab Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt Strut

Keith Colligan Keith Colligan

1 Congotronics International Where's the One Crammed Discs
2 Molly Tuttle and the Big Highway Crooked Tree Nonesuch
3 Freddy Todd Nineteen Ninety Self Produced
4 Haai Baby We're Ascending Mute
5 K.O.G. Zone 6, Agege Khweku of Ghana
6 Sad Daddy Way Up in the Hills Self Produced
7 Tank and the Bangas Red Balloon Verve
8 Fantastic Negrito White Jesus, Balck Problems Storefront Records
9 Porridge radio Waterslide Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky Secretly Canadian
10 Seth Walker I Hope I Know Royal Potato Family

Mariah Coe Mariah Coe

Neo-traditional sounds stayed strong in 2022.

1 Vieux Farka Touré & Khrunangbin Ali Dead Oceans
2 Al-Quasar Who Are We? Glitterbeat Records
3 Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder Get on Board! Nonesuch Records
4 Minyeshu NETSA ARC Music
5 Various Artists A Guide to the Birdsong of Western Africa ShikaShika
6 Kolinga Legacy Take It Easy Records
7 Surprise Chef Education & Recreation Big Crown Records
8 Julian Belbachir Babdoukkala Julian Belbachir
9 Shiran Fadaytak Batov Records
10 Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Live in Loveland! Colemine Records

Mark Doyle Mark Doyle

Not in order, just some good ‘22 albums.

1 Sinead O Brien Time Bend and Break the Bower Chess Club
2 Jesca Hoop Order of Romance Memphis Industries
3 M’dou Moctar Niger EP Vol 2 Matador
4 The Smile A Light for Attracting Attention XL Recordings
5 Gwenno Tresor Heavenly Recordings
6 Kikagaku Moyo Kumoyo Island Guru guru Brain
7 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino
8 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Changes ATO Records
9 Wau Wau Collective Mariage Sahel Sounds
10 Black Flower Magma SDBAN Records

Matt Malick Matt Malick

Albums featured on Old Grass Gnu Grass

1 Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway Crooked Tree Nonesuch Records
2 The Infamous Stringdusters Toward the Fray Americana Vibes
3 Del McCoury Band Almost Proud McCoury Music
4 Peter Rowan Calling You Fom My Mountain Rebel Records
5 Wood Belly Great Big Skies Americana Vibes
6 The Po' Ramblin' Boys Never Slow Down Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
7 Stillhouse Junkies Small Towns Dark Shadow
8 Trey Wellington Black Banjo Crossroads Entertainment
9 Mr. Sun Extrovert Compass Records
10 Hawktail Place of Growth Padiddle Records

Matthew Hamilton Matthew Hamilton

In no particular order…

1 Soft Pink Truth Is it Going to Get Any Deeper than This Thrill Jockey
2 VA Saturno 2000 - La Rebajada de los Sonideros 1962-1983 Analog Africa
3 Jamal Moss Thanks 4 The Tracks U Lost Modern Love
4 Abraxas Monte Carlo Suicide Squeeze
5 Slift Levitation Sessions Reverberation Appreciation Society
6 Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful Fat Possum
7 Bent Arcana Live Zebulon Castle Face
8 J. Zunz Del Aire Rocket Recordings
9 Firebreather Dwell in the Fog Riding Easy
10 JRCG Ajo Sunshine Castle Face

Natalie Shrewsbury Natalie Shrewsbury

Hard to categorize some of my favs from 2022. Truly, the artist/albums all deserve #1

1 WolfLoescher and Mark Kenneth Loescher and Kenneth 2022 Off Hand Productions
2 The Olllam Ellegy Compass Records
3 Teada As the Days Brighten Gael Linn
4 Punku Punku Six Degrees
5 Various artists A Guide to Birdsong of Western Africa Rough Trade
6 Oki Tonkori in the Moonlight Chikar Studio
7 Ajate Alo 180 G
8 Cafe de la Jungle Tuvan Spirits Dans le Desert
9 Yanna Momina Afar Ways Glitterbeat Records
10 Ausecuma Beats Deep Heat/Tropical Storm Music in Exile

Patrick Mendoza Patrick Mendoza

1 Lady Wray Piece of Me Big Crown Records
2 Danger Mouse & Black Thought Cheat Codes BMG
3 Robert Glasper Black Radio III Loma Vista
4 Archibald Slim Worldly Ways POW Recordings
5 Charlotte Dos Santos Morfo Because Music
6 Tank and the Bangs Red Balloon Verve Forecast
7 Pusha T It's Almost Dry Def Jam
8 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers TDE/Aftermath
9 Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon Casual Abductions POW Recordings
10 Roc Marciano & The Alchemist The Elephant Man's Bones Pimpire/ALC Records

Sam Fuqua Sam Fuqua

1 My Top Nine Are Not In Any Particular Order
2 Otoboke Beaver Super Champon Otoboke Beaver
3 Juliet Eugenia JUMP Greenleaf
4 Robert Fripp Exposure (Fourth Editiion) Panegyric
5 Waajeed Memoirs of Hi Tech Jazz Tresor Records
6 Sushma Soma Home Sushma Soma
7 Joao Selva Se Acabou Underdog Records
8 The Linda Linda's Growing Up Epitaph
9 Joe Rainey Niineta Joe Rainey
10 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino

Sandman Sandman

1 Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodelicos ATO
2 Marcus King Young Blood Easy Eye Sound
3 Calexico El Mirador Anti-
4 Spoon Lucifer On The Sofa Matador
5 Noori & His Dorpa Band Beja Power! Ostinato
6 The Bobby Lees Bellevue Ipecac
7 Willie Nelson A Beautiful Time Sony
8 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino
9 Tedeschi Trucks Band I Am The Moon Fantasy
10 Jack White Entering Heaven Alive Third Man

Stang Baby Stang Baby

1 Say She She Prism Karma Chief
2 Steve Lacy Gemini Rights L-M
3 Lou Reed Geez Whiz, 1958-1964 Canal Street Communications
4 Toro y Moi Mahal Dead Oceans
5 Sault 11 Forever Living Originals
6 Kendrick Lamar Mr Morale and the Big Steppers Aftermath
7 The Go Team Whammy-O Memphis Industries
8 The Mellons Introducing…The Mellons! Earth Libraries
9 Drake Honestly, Nevermind OVO
10 Alex G God Save the Animals Domino Recording Co

The Groove Thief The Groove Thief

1 Death by Dub Abundance Color Red
2 Moresounds Roll G In Dub Original Cultures
3 L'Entourloop La Clarté Dans La Confusion X-Ray Production
4 L.A.B & Paolo Baldini DubFiles L.A.B In Dub Echo Beach
5 Mauskovic Dance Band Bukaroo Bank Les Disques Bongo Joe
6 Al-Qasar Who Are We Glitterbeat
7 Protoje Third Time's The Charm In.Digg.Nation Collective
8 Bukkha & Super Hi-Fi Bukkha Meets Super Hi-Fi Dub-Stuy Records
9 The New Mastersounds The Deplar Effect Color Red
10 Sgt. Remo Jah Neva Leave Jah Yute Ent.

Uncle Jeff Uncle Jeff

1 Hermanos Gutierrez El Bueno y El Malo Easy Eye Sound
2 The Routes The Twang Machine Double Crown
3 Loving If I Am Only My Thoughts Last Bang Records
4 The Delines The Sea Drift El Cortez
5 Kikagaku Moyo Kumoyo Island Guruguru
6 Bitchin' Bajas Bascillators Drag City
7 Elkhorn Distances Feeding Tube Records
8 Dead Tongues Dust Psychic Hotline
9 Floating Action Jinx Protection PIAPTK
10 Nils Frahm Music For Animals Leiter-Verlag

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