The Best New Albums of July 2022 – The Vinyl Factory

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The best of a busy upcoming bunch this month, and when to expect them.


Moorish mother

Jazz Codes

(Anti-)

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Moor Mother returns this month with their latest album, Jazz Codes. Inspired by the poetry book of the same name, which includes dedications to jazz and blues musicians, the record sees her play with elements of puns, free jazz, blues, soul and hip-hop. It also features contributions from Jason Moran, Mary Lattimore, Irreversible Entanglements and more. – L/R


Wu Lu

Loggerhead

(Chain)

Due: July 8

Loggerhead is probably best summed up in the transition, on “South”, from Wu-Lu’s scream sent from the depths of rage to Lex Amor’s cool-as-you-like slip in his verses: it’s an album full of contrasts , and he positively delights in them. There are jazzy hip-hop breaks, scuzzy lo-fi guitar bursts, pysch excursions and dub windups. And none of it seems out of place. Listening feels like watching the most magnetic jam session you’ve ever seen. –WP


Caterina Barbier

spiritual outing

(Light years)

Due: July 8

Inspired by female philosophers, mystics and poets of all ages, Caterina Barbieri turned inward to sculpt spiritual outing. The first album written and recorded entirely in his home studio, Barbieri used his modular synthesizer to weave the album’s tapestry of experimental electronics. – L/R


Midi Black

Hellfire

(gross trade)

Due: July 15th

The strident guitar feedback from last year’s “John L” barely seems to have dissipated, and yet here’s a black midi with more to digest. Churning all things underworld, singer Geordie Greep says “I don’t believe in hell, but all that old world craziness is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything representing the hell.” Always the most adorable avant-bizarre virtuosos. –WP


Kode9

Escapology

(Hyperdub)

Due: July 15th

Hyperdub boss Kode9 returns to his own label for his first new album in seven years Escapology. The soundtrack to his ongoing Astro-Darien project, which first emerged as a two-week A/V installation at Corsica Studios in London in 2021, Escapology “reconfigures the tense, out-of-this-world atmospheres of Astro-Darien into slices of high definition asymmetrical club beats.” – L/R


Lizzo

Special

(Atlantic)

Due: July 15th

Lizzo is back, and it was about time. In three years of construction, Lizzo wrote nearly 170 songs before limiting herself to 12 here. And she has worldly ambitions to match the scale: “These are songs about love,” she says, “I truly believe that love for yourself and for others is what this world needs to be a better place.” – L/R


Lil Silva

yesterday is heavy

(Nowhere Music Ltd.)

Due: July 16

Producer and singer-songwriter Lil Silva releases a long-running debut album, yesterday is heavythis month, courtesy of Nowhere Music Ltd. More than a decade of creation, Yesterday is heavy features contributions from Sampha, Ghetts, Little Dragon, serpentwithfeet, Elmiene, Skiifall and BADBADNOTGOOD. The Vinyl Factory is also releasing a limited edition 200g vinyl version of the album, featuring hand numbered cover art. – L/R


Raphael Anton Irisarri

Agitas Al Sol

(Room40)

Due: 22nd of July

Written as a companion to ambient/drone/noise composer Irissari’s 2019 meditation on mental stresses caused by environmental change (Solastalgia), this collection, whose title is a nice anagram of this 2019 record, is expiration. Suffocating tableaux of synth and decay are replaced by a lighter touch – although, with Irissari, weight is relative: it’s still heavy stuff, all cracked and bruised. –WP


Kuedo

Infinite window

(Brain Browser)

Due: July 29

Jamie Teasdale returns as Kuedo after a seven-year hiatus from solo production (he has scored animated films and fashion commercials in the meantime) with Infinite window. The penchant for Vangelis-esque synth work remains, as does the clank of trap drums (see ‘Harlequin Hallway’) and his ear for a bit of drama. Worth the wait. –WP


Florist

Florist

(Double Double Whammy)

Due: July 29

Emily Sprague and co wrap up a “decade-long journey of friendship and collaboration” and it sounds as sweet as the description suggests. There are few things more soothing than the swirls of Sprague’s voice; ‘Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)’ might just be the sweetest thing you’ll hear this year. –WP


Joe Armon-Jones & Mala

A way back

(Aquarii Records)

Due: July 29

Dubstep titan Mala and British jazz standard bearer Armon-Jones are one of those perfect pairings that don’t seem obvious until they unfold before your eyes. There are full length Mala shades Mirrors and …in Cuba projects here, while Armon-Jones’ instinctive piano playing provides the perfect foil for bass and rolling rhythms. –WP


Emeka Ogboh

6°30’33​.​372”N 3°22’0​.​66”E

(Danfotronics)

Due: July 29

Nigerian sound and visual artist Emeka Ogboh explores the sounds of Lagos bus stops for his latest album. Focusing specifically on the Ojuelegba bus station and surrounding area, Ogboh combines field recordings with drums, ambient techno, synths and dub to create this sonic ode to the neighborhood. – L/R

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