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The Best Albums of 2022, So Far

Since we've reached the midpoint of another year, we've compiled an unranked list of 30 albums that we felt were among the best to come out in 2022, so far, chosen by members of the VMP team — from pandemic rap to folk, emo rock to electronic and everything in between.

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VMP x Jazz Dispensary 2.0

Four cosmically mind-expanding records — Idris Muhammad’s Peach and Rhythm, Melvin Sparks’ Spark Plug, Bayeté’s Worlds Around the Sun and Gary Bartz’s The Shadow Do — are available in the VMP store now. All four titles are pressed on 180g 1LP colored vinyl at RTI, mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio with AAA lacquers cut from the original analog tapes.

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JULY ESSENtials: 'I'm wide awake, it's morning' by bright eyes

"I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning came out in 2005, Conor Oberst’s folky foil to Bright Eyes’ concurrent release, the electronic experiments of Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. It’s distinct placement in an Americana lineage takes center stage, from the detailed, no-holds-barred vulnerability in its storytelling to gripping vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris. For many, it’s looked fondly upon as the well-worn soundtrack to a distinct coming-of-age period, much like the time of exploration Oberst chronicles across the songs on the album, where even the mundane is something worthy of marveling at."

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