Attack’s Favourite Music Of 2022 (So Far!)

The Attack Mag team have come together to decide on our favorite electronic music of the year so far – we hope you enjoy our selections. Also, keep an eye out for our full round-up at the end of the year!

We’re halfway through the year, so it’s time to round up some of the best dance music releases of the year. “Best” is a tricky term, to be honest, how do you decide whether Overmono’s chunky, club-ready anthems are “better” than DJ Minx’s underground heaters, or if the psychedelic jazz stylings of Ron Trent are ‘better’ than the psychedelic jazz stylings of Emma-Jean Thackray?

Music comes down to personal taste, however we choose to describe it, from smokey jazz-tinged deep house to dark dystopian techno, uncompromising underground gems or unashamed festival bangers, here are the Attack Magazine team’s most played tracks of 2022 so far.

Note: tracks are listed in no particular order.


Ron Trent feat. Khruangbin

‘Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco)’

This springtime teaser for Ron Trent’s ‘What Do The Stars Say To You’ album blended layers of percussion, live instrumentation and futurist electronics into a quality slice of tech-jazz-soul. The album is superb too.

Label: Night Time Stories


Panna Cotta

‘Sunrise’ (Marcel Vogel Remix)

One for the Balearic heads, Marcel Vogel‘s remix of ‘Sunrise’ is a superbly constructed, throbbing mid-tempo sunshine-houser.

Label: Lumberjacks In Hell


Dam Swindle

The Break Up (Emma​-​Jean Thackray Remix)

Dam Swindle enlisted UK jazzer Emma-Jean Thackray to remix their ‘The Break Up’ track, and she recorded a whole new set of vocal and instrumental parts, giving the anthem a new, soulful lease of life.

Label: Heist


Javonnette

‘Abstract Love’

The arrangement on this classy Detroit deep house bouncer from Javonntte is a masterclass in restraint, as he creates motion, tension and release by what sounds like simply riding the mutes on his mixing desk.

Label: MotorCity Wine


Kerri Chandler

‘Into The Night

‘Into The Night’ from Kerri Chandler’s ‘Lost & Found EP’ Vol 1 features some wonderfully evocative old school pads and bass together with brand chunky KC beats.

Label: Kaoz Theory


Session Victim

Trying To Make It Home

The 5 track ‘Basic Instinct’ EP from Session Victim was a great collection of dusty, moody, tech-flavored house jams, from which we’ve picked this dark piano tune ‘Trying To Make It Home’.

Label: Rhythm Section INTL


Fort Romeau

The Truth

Taken from UK producer Micheal Green’s acclaimed ‘Beings Of Light’ album released back in February, ‘The Truth’ received a superb Ron Trent remix, while the original is one of those simultansouly light yet weighty tracks; a heavy-duty, gossamer-cloud, angel-house kind of a track.

Label: Ghostly International


Bonobo

Rosewood

Another year, another excellent Bonobo album in the shape of his ‘Fragments’ from January. This track, ‘Rosewood’ is a pretty good encapsulation of the dancefloor-targetted end of the Bonobo sound, somehow synthetic and bucolic at the same time.

Label: Ninja Tune


Sofia Kourtesis feat. Manu Chao

‘Estación Esperanza’

Peruvian producer Sofia Kourtesis’s latest track is a fresh, rich, gently pulsating 4/4 jam which opens with some sampled chanting from a Peruvian protest against homophobia and is all about the melodic percussion, lullaby backing vocals and its dreamy aesthetic.

Label: Ninja Tune


LF System

Afraid To Feel

Better known as “That disco sample track that slows down and speeds up”, LF System’s ‘Afraid To Feel’ has the potential to be a big festival track this summer.

Label: Warner Records


DJ Minx

Do It All Night

Crisp, clean and sleek with a haunting chord and vocal combo, DJ Minx’s ‘Do It All Night’ delivers those irresistible Detroit house vibes.

Label: Planet E Communications


AceMo & Lord RAJA

XTC

AceMo and Lord RAJA’s collaboration here produced a subtle, restrained and unhurried techno track, gently melodic with wonderfully crisp percussion.

Label: Sonic Messengers


DJOKO & Nikita

SISOV

This acid-flecked, deep house/dub techno hybrid is smooth and dreamy in equal measure.

Label: Berg Audio


Joy Orbison

Pinky Ring

Garage-ish beats, a tasty slice of wobbly bass and a tiny clipped vocal sample add up to another classy cut from Joy O.

Label: XL Recordings


Floating Points

Grammar

‘Grammar’s skippy UKG-derived beats quickly develop into a shuffling, percussive rhythm track that blends an acid line, tiny vocal sample, raw, swooping bass and a filtered sample into a fresh new jam that’ll likely blow up many a dance floor.

Label: Ninja Tune


Barry Can’t Swim

Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

With extra points for his name and indeed song title, this collection of racing-speed house-breaks and stabs make for a euphoric jump-up house track.

Label: Technicolour


Krystal Klear

Mega Chords

Is Krystal Klear’s ‘Mega Chords’ A. Cheesy, or B. An absolutely massive festival rinser? We suggest playing it to a summer-sun peak time rave crowd and let us know the answer. (clue: it’s answer B.).

Label: Running Back


DJ Seinfeld

Someday (Salute remix)

Another potential summer-anthem-in-waiting, salute took DJ Seinfeld’s customary melancholy aesthetic and turned it inside out, finding the euphoria deep inside.

Label: Ninja Tune


Talaria

Scuba

Actually released on Dec ’21, but late-year releases often get overlooked in end-of-year round-ups, so we’re including this excellent three-tracker from Scuba, the twinkling synths, metallic arpeggios and epic synth pad combo of the title track the pick for us.

Label: Aus Music


Booka Shade

Drago (Anja Schneider Remix)

Anja Schneider turns in a glossy, high-tension rework of Booka Shade’s ‘Drago’ built around a simple but highly effective repeating synth riff.

Label: Ritter Butzke Records


ASTRYD

Numbing (Machine Woman Rework)

Another one from December 2021 that feels more like a 2022 tune, Machine Woman’s deft remix of ASTRYD’s ‘Blind Summit’ matches a collection of rolling, futurist synth parts with a diamond-hard rhythm track.

Label: Dialog


Rødhåd & JakoJako

Lilium

Rødhåd and JakoJako’s springtime album ‘In Vere’ was the product of a week-long jam and includes plenty of ambient and electronica alongside heavy-duty modular techno like this.

Label: WSNWG


Overmono

Gunk

‘Gunk’ is another big tune from Overmono, taken from their 5-track ‘Cash Romantics’ EP which contained five very different club moods.

Label: XL Recordings


ARA-U & Radioactive Man

Sounds Like Prince

Taken from the 4-track ‘Houghton Blues’ EP, ‘Sounds Like Prince’ doesn’t really sound much like Prince, but its 808 beat, acid bass and 80s synth stabs combination works wonders over a decent rig.

Label: No Static Automatic


Posthuman

Hack Jammer

The ever-reliable Posthuman’s 5-track ‘Hack Jammer’ EP came with three quality remixes while the OG title track is a straight-up acid bomb.

Label: Balkan Vinyl


Nikki Nair

Startrack

A relentless one-note acid line, a killer future-break, add some fx and what sounds very much like an air raid a siren on the breakdown and you get Nikki Nair’s ‘Startrack’.

Label: Pretty Weird Records


Saoirse

Gentle Romance

Saoirse combines driving beats, creative industrial-esque percussion, grinding low end and then a surprisingly melodic lead-line for this excellent club tool.

Label: Trust


Sara Landry & Don Woezik

Delirium

Taken from Landry and Woezik’s ‘Delirium’ EP, the title track starts off as dark, pounding dystopian techno and then develops into an almost-heavy metal aesthetic – unexpectedly epic.

Label: HEKATE Records


Alexandir

Sacro

The first release from Aleksandir since his 2020 album, ‘Sacro’ features an undulating cascade of arpeggios, pitter-patter rhythms and all sorts of intricate sound design and programming.

Label: Kudos Records


Whatever The Weather

17º

Under her “Whatever The Weather” alter-ego, Loraine James once again deftly pulls together parts from various London bass genres into new forms.

Label: Ghostly International

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Author Attack Staff
21st June, 2022

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