BEST OF 2022

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ONE MORE YEAR DOWN THE DRAIN, ONE MORE YEAR FULL OF PAIN BABY… MY FAVORITE PROJECTS OF THE YEAR, 2022 WASN’T ALL BAD

 

12. HERIOT – PROFOUND MORALITY

HERIOT instills back to these roots of classic beatdown hardcore without clouding the new source material. The guitars are a blitz and walls of death erupt around the audience with feet flying and bodies being piled into mounds.”

 

11. TRHA – VAT GËLÉNVA!!!

“A fun mix of black metal and hardcore that blends the two lines perfectly. Play this one for grandma and get the whole family involved!”

 

10. $ILKMONEY – I DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT THIS RAP SHIT, IMMA JUST DROP UNTIL I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT ANYMORE

“Returning with one of the most expansive and eclectic pieces of sonic sound, $ILKMONEY is already in the year 2043 and everyone else is playing catch up.”

 

9. VEIN.FM – THIS WORLD IS GOING TO RUIN YOU

“Luckily, after coming out of a shitshow of reality for 2020-2021, Vein.FM’s aggression and delivery feel more like retribution than ever before. In 2022, This World Is Going To Ruin You strikes almost immediately into being one of the main courses for an album not just worth revisiting, but dissecting as if it was put upon an operating table.”

 

8. WESTSIDE GUNN – 10

“‘I done did 10 of these shits,’” describes Westside Gunn on “Mac Don’t Stop,” giving one last glance into the history and triumph of Gunn. From Buffalo to Paris, California to Japan, coast to coast; Westside Gunn forms jewels and a crown of thorns that sprout into flowers and doves.”

 

7. KILL ALTERS – ARMED TO THE TEETH L.M.O.M.M.

“And still, in one of the more gracious displays of 2022, Kill Alters becomes the framework of nostalgia through another person’s eyes on Armed To The Teeth L.M.O.M.M. The first full-length taps into that love for the strange, genre-blending sound that fuels New York’s electronic scene.”

 

6. NANSARUNAI – RUINS OF THE MOONLIGHT TEMPLE

“Everyone knows I love some evil shit, and this black metal record is one of the pieces I spent a whole lot of time worshipping and dancing around to.”

 

5. FORTIFIED STRUCTURES – CRITICAL KICKS

“Did not review this piece, but was easily one of my most listened-to projects of the year. Pretty much the only reason to download the SoundCloud app at this point.”

 

4. TORO Y MOI – MAHAL

“After 40 minutes have passed, MAHAL gracefully bows out of the production and fades back into the distant, fading sunset. Stronger, wiser, and more approachable, MAHAL benchmarks a leap for Bear into this stratosphere of sequencing and emotional draw to friendship.”

 

3. PUSHA T – IT’S ALMOST DRY

“Instead of becoming a godly apparition, Pusha T seems stamped into the pavement and is one call away from the audience here. Approachable, but shaken with a long arm; It’s Almost Dry is a call for the summer and a highlight for 2022.”

 

2. EARL SWEATSHIRT – SICK! 

Sweatshirt becomes immensely personal not through his wording, but in the way that he delivers those words. Without listening to what he is saying through subject matter, Sweatshirt is bleeding through the words and striking that blood into these tablets.”

 

MATT’S MUSIC MINE’S NUMBER ONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1.  KENDRICK LAMAR – MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS

“Perfectly tying up this near hour-and-a-half saga that took five years of waiting from fans, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers cements the power in Lamar’s articulation and how he can conquer his biggest enemy: himself, through writing.”

 

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