The Wire's Releases of the Year 2022

I remember once upon a time the Wire’s end of year list would be posted on here and cause a great clamour. I suspect the landscape has changed a bit now (and I’m not all that bothered by lists generally these days), but here’s the 2022 one for people to enjoy:

  1. ¡Ay!
    Lucrecia Dalt

  2. Jazz Codes
    Moor Mother

  3. Music For Four Guitars
    Bill Orcutt

  4. Shebang
    Oren Ambarchi

  5. Living Torch
    Kali Malone

  6. Two Sisters
    Sarah Davachi

  7. Aethiopes
    Billy Woods

  8. Fossora

  9. Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d’amore
    Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker

  10. Wat Dong Moon Lek
    Carl Stone

  11. Fragility of Sounds
    various artists

  12. Diaspora Problems
    Soul Glo

  13. Warm Chris
    Aldous Harding

  14. Living Sky
    Sun Ra Arkestra

  15. Almanac Behind
    Daniel Bachman

  16. Comradely Objects
    Horse Lords

  17. Amaryllis / Belladonna
    Mary Halvorson

  18. Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy
    Jeff Parker ETA IVtet

  19. Never Stop Texting Me
    Claire Rousay and More Eaze

  20. Broken Gargoyles
    Diamanda Galás

  21. The Actress
    Vanessa Rossetto

  22. Conduit
    Coby Sey

  23. Cry Sugar
    Hudson Mohawke

  24. Hostile Architecture

  25. Versions of Modern Performance

  26. Paste

  27. A Light for Attracting Attention
    The Smile

  28. Symphonic Tone Poem for Brother Yusef
    Bennie Maupin & Adam Rudolph

  29. Occam XXV
    Éliane Radigue & Frédéric Blondy

  30. The Eventual Window
    Robert Storey

  31. Ima
    Tegh & Adel Poursamadi

  32. Lightwork
    Devin Townsend

  33. Antiphony of the Trees
    Laura Cannell

  34. Chasing the Phantom
    Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat

  35. Henki
    Richard Dawson & Circle

  36. Devotional
    The Lord † Petra Haden

  37. The Afrorack

  38. The Elephant Man’s Bones
    Roc Marciano and The Alchemist

  39. Psychonautic Escapism
    The Ephemeron Loop

  40. Tuqoos

  41. Drumming Up Trouble
    Alvin Curran

  42. Mirage Colony
    N Chambers

  43. Ama Gogela

  44. Say Laura
    Eric Chenaux

  45. Bečvou
    Tomáš Niesner

    Brian Eno

  47. The Hands of Grace
    Ishmael Reed

  48. Ghosted
    Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin

  49. Fault Lines

  50. Bajascillators
    Bitchin Bajas


Mostly great list but there really is no escaping Soul Glo is there?

Good list that. Some cracking records that have been overlooked elsewhere. Defo need to listen to that Horse Lords album

completely forgot bjork released an album this year


They’re obsessed with moor mother


frustrated the wire GIF


the Lucrecia Dalt record is beautiful though yeah


McNulty’s Festive Fifty

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Oof good list. Not a lot wrong with that too 5 - I’d have oren ambarchi higher tho maybe.

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Wasn’t Richard Dawson and Circle last year?? Should definitely be in my playoff if its 2022…

26th November 2021 so presumably just missed their 2021 list

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Ah OK. Class record but the big man has the Ruby Cord this year which should be there or thereabouts for all the serious lists.

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That’s the trouble with these end of year lists in December, the deadline cuts off almost 2 months of the year!


I like how one list I saw published today got SZA in! But mainly now they just think ‘fuck it, we’ll put it any late releasing albums next year’s list then’

I do know a few individuals who won’t put a list into the world until January. But that doesn’t really work for a media outlet

Really like the Oren Ambarchi album

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Got any Oasis?

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Absolutely brilliant isn’t it? Not fashionable to say but got into it through a really good review the other place gave it.

Lucrecia Dalt a worthy No. 1 here too. That’s a great great record.

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Really like the Julmud & Eric Chenaux records too. First one bit Flying Lotus, latter took me a long time to get into, but when it clicked really live it. Kinda longform song based jazz.

Wild how much they love Moor Mother. I’m a fan of hers but damn.

She should do an album with Bill Orcutt