Although it seems like the past two years have been marked by uncertainty and anxiety, there is hope for 2022. There have already been some outstanding albums released so far this year, and there looks like we’re just getting started. Check out DMNW’s picks for the best albums of 2022.
Female circumcision – Onyx, released on January 5
If you dabble in bass music, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Excision’s fifth studio album. Onyxpublished on January 5, offers sought-after IDs as early as 2019.
Features include Sullivan King and previously released tracks with Dion Timmer, Kai Wachi and Kompany. On the flipside, the album is well produced and sure to get plays from a slew of bass DJs this year.
Subtronic – FRACTALSpublished on January 14
Another big album for bass music lovers to start the year off right: Fractals by Subtronics. Her debut album was released to much fanfare the same day her tour kicked off with a sold-out show at WaMu Theater.
Her debut album has already been highly praised for its top-notch production. With the strength of previously released collaborations with Zeds Dead, SLANDER and GRiZ, the rest of the album combines cohesion and complexity in its unique style.
Lane 8 – relivereleased on January 21
On the electronic music scene, fans have been craving the next album from Denver-based deep and melodic house producer Lane 8. None of his previous three solo albums have disappointed, so it’s exciting to dream of what this fourth could contain.
While each iteration of Lane 8 has been distinct in its own right over the veteran’s career, the artist shared that this album was a break from his ongoing struggle to reinvent himself. The premises of his revolution have been fully delivered, giving rise to one of his most musically diverse projects.
Following the release of Reviver, he announced an album tour at Seattle’s WaMu Theater in October. Find tickets and more information on the Lane 8 website.
Adventure Club – Love // Chaos, released on February 11
Following their debut album in 2016, Adventure Club have largely taken the touring and festival circuit while producing singles. Finally, their massive 25-track album was released.
Although many tracks have already been released as singles, they explore the depths of their artistic imagination throughout. Almost all of the tracks are collaborations, featuring some of dance music’s great up-and-coming vocalists and producers.
Dada Life – Blood, sweat and smilespublished on March 11
Veteran Swedish DJ duo Dada Life also returned this year with their fourth full album. True to their upbeat party sounds, Blood, Sweat & Smiles are another step forward in their decade-plus career.
Throughout the breaks between their releases, Dada Life steadily continued to tour. They’ve done a bit of everything: festival sets, headlining tours and even a hot air balloon tour. While it (probably) won’t be a tour in heaven, Dada Life is coming to Ora Nightclub on June 24th. Tickets and more information can be found on their website.
Crystal sky – Not since whenpublished on March 16
Regulars on the Ophelia label run by Seven Lions, and now spearheading Insomniac’s new melodic bass label, Lost In Dreams, Crystal Skies continue their run into 2022 at full steam. Their debut album captures the emotional essence of the duo’s melodic bass project.
They also enjoyed their acceleration, playing festivals under the wings of major artists like Dabin, Seven Lions, and more. Find them in Seattle at Neumos on June 10 for the tour of their first album. Find tickets on their website.
Swedish house mafia – Heaven againApril 15
One that everyone in dance music was looking forward to: Swedish House Mafia. The giant trio of Axell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have remained silent on social media for a long time in recent years. Without even a whisper of new music or touring like the SHM project, they broke their silence last fall.
Finally, the trio announces a tour (including the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle) and a new album. Their recent releases include a symphonic version of A, and collaborations with Sting and the Weeknd. It’s anyone guess what to expect with Heaven again: Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long.
Alison Wonderland- SolitaryMay 6
No “2022 Albums to Watch” list would be complete without including Australian dance music titan Alison Wonderland Solitary. After her second chart-topping album in 2018, Awakeshe’s garnered a cult following of sorts for her groundbreaking production style and openness about her struggles with mental illness and being a woman in the EDM spotlight.
So far we have heard four singles before the album. Each promises to bring something unique to the finish Solitary product. His signature trap sound is complemented by his emotionally candid vocals and lyrics. No matter Solitary turns out to be, it’s sure to be in the running for one of the best albums of the year.
Channel – PalaceMay 20
Few things have garnered more anticipation (perhaps on par with next on our list) than the promise of Flume’s next full-length album. After releasing a wildly produced experimental mixtape in 2019, Hi it’s Flumethe artist had deviated somewhat musically.
The first months of the year swirled with excitement Palace, which will be released on May 20. His first single, Do not say anythingis out now and sounds like we’re about to be whisked away for the same edgy sound ride that Flume built an empire on.
A little after Do not say anything‘s, he also unveiled the first set of shows for the album’s upcoming tour. Although the PNW is left out for the moment, it is not impossible that another date could be added.
ODESZA- the last farewell22nd of July
Concurrently, if not exceeding the excitement for new music, Bellingham, Washington duo ODESZA have announced their widely speculated third and final album, The Last Goodbye, slated for July 22nd.
If that wasn’t enough, our local PNW electronica stars will be playing their first live show in three years at the Climate Pledge Arena on July 29th. After immediately selling out the first night, then the newly added second, the newly added third show also sold out.
If this does not correspond to the anticipation of the last farewell, it is difficult to transmit another measurement. It definitely sounds like an album that the whole PNW, let alone the EDM community, has been waiting for.
They have released 3 singles so far, capturing their house influence from the BRONSON side project collaboration with Golden Features last year. We’ll be counting down the days to hear the product of the duo Bellingham, another surefire contender for best album of 2022.
Manila Killa, release date unknown
One of DMNW’s favorites, Manila Killa tweeted the 4 words we’ve been waiting to hear: “manila killa album 2022.“Since his first EP in 2019 1993the melodic dance music producer has delivered a handful of releases that all capture the essence of his project.
Although we don’t have an official release date or more information yet, Manila Killa will be performing at the Capitol Hill Block Party this summer. We hope to have more details about the next album in the meantime.