15 best vinyl releases of January 2022

New for 2022, each month I’ll break down the best new vinyl releases across all genres hitting the market. Everything from the latest releases from your favorite artists and producers to special editions, reissues, box sets and any other interesting titles you might be missing from your collection. Going forward, I’ll highlight the titles dropping in the coming month, but to start, here’s what you’ll want to check out from January.

Artists and labels who wish to have their recordings reviewed for this feature can submit their submissions here.

1. Daft Punk – Discovery (2XLP)
Data Life Ltd
Genre: Dance/Electronic – Release date – 14/01/2022 (Delayed) – To buy

For the first time since its initial release in 2001, Daft Punk’s second album has finally been re-pressed for the enjoyment of collectors and fans alike. The re-release was supposed to take place on January 14, but the street date has now been pushed back to later this month. You can still pre-order it here and you should have it in your hands by the end of the month.


2. Bonobos – Pieces
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Genre: Dance/Electronic – Release date – 14/01/2022 – To buy

Bonobo’s 7th studio album and first since 2017, fragments is truly a complete project that hits the listener emotionally like a nice pile of bricks. What started out as more experimental work, the final product culminated in one of the most creative projects we’ve ever heard from the British producer. I can’t wait to see him play this live.


3. David Bowie – Toy (Toy: Box) (6LP)
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Genre: Rock – Release date – 06/01/2022 – To buy

Now, I know I don’t have to tell you this, but David Bowie was a certified legend when it came to the amount of music he released. Its catalog consists of 26 studio albums, 21 live albums, 46 compilation albums, 10 extended plays, 128 singles, 3 soundtracks and 12 box sets as well as 28 video albums and 72 music videos! His last posthumous studio album Toy was released on January 6 and featured a variety of new and old songs, with the majority of tracks recorded between 1964 and 1971. This special release (Toy Box) comprises 6 LPs and is a must for any serious fan. by Bowie.


4. Lazer Beak – Cameron
Doomtree Folders
Genre: Dance / Electronic – Release date – 07/01/2022 – To buy

Originally released in October last year, Lazerbeak’s Cameron finally finds its way to vinyl 3 months later (not surprisingly as manufacturing delays have been insane with the records for the past few years). Lazerbeak (Aaron Mader) best known for his production work with artists like Lizzo, really got into this album, combining serene vibes with the wild energy of his seven-year-old son (named Cameron). It’s a great listen and obviously sounds much better on wax.


5. Madlib – Sound Ancestors (Glow in The Dark)
Madlib Invasion
Genre: Electronic – Release date – 21/01/2022 – To buy

One of my favorite albums of the last year, Madlib (with the help of Four Tet) released a nice collection of tracks the duo had worked on together over the years (supposedly there are has dozens of others). While Sound ancestors has been available on vinyl for quite some time, in January fans were blessed with a special glow-in-the-dark green version. For all Madlib freaks out there, this purchase is a no-brainer.


6. DJ Krush – Trickster
digger factory
Genre: Abstract / Breakbeat – Release date – 14/01/2022 – To buy

DJ Krush is one of the most respected DJs in the hip-hop/breakbeat world. and his amazing 2020 album Trickster was finally made available for the first time outside of Japan. Technically listed as a pre-sale order after delays, you can expect to receive your copy by February 22.


7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Bad Creatures (2XLP)

Wandering Records
Genre: Rock – Release date – 01/28/2022 – To buy

Considered their best album by many fans and critics, bad creatures was originally released in 2018, and just like so many other great albums that have come out over the last 5-10 years, this one too has been given new life thanks to this recent pressing.

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8. Wiz Khalifa – Kush & Orange Juice (10th Anniversary Edition)
Grandstand records
Genre: Hip-Hop – Release date – 01/28/2022 – To buy

This classic Wiz Khalifa project finally gets its vinyl blossoms with a special 10-year anniversary edition. While Wiz’s career really took off after the release of the song “Black and Yellow” in 2010, Kush and orange juice was a viral sensation that actually took the Pittsburgh product to another level, bringing its mainstream appeal and hardcore hip hop fans together to celebrate good smoking in a way only Wiz can.


9. Hans Zimmer – Interstellar Soundtrack (Clear) (2XLP)
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Genre: Soundtracks – Release date – 14/01/2022 – To buy

The GOAT of movie soundtracks and one of my favorite Coachella acts of all time, Hans Zimmer hits our first-ever vinyl chart with a clear special edition of the soundtrack he created for the hit hit. Interstellar. You hardly need the movie once you hear this disc on a legitimate hi-fi setup and if you are looking for some background music to make any household activity more exciting then this disc is exactly what you need.


10. Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free (pink and blue splashes)

ATO registrations
Genre: Indie Rock – Release date – 01/14/2022 – To buy

Another band that I’ve really enjoyed seeing explode over the years, Chicano Batman’s Freedom for free was originally released in 2017 and is one of their most popular and comprehensive albums. The songs are catchy and the vibes are heavily influenced by the sounds of 60s and 70s R&B, but blended effortlessly with the band’s signature sound. This special version, which was released on January 14, comes in a very cool pink and blue colorway.


11. Under oath – Voyeurist

Intrepid Records
Genre: Rock – Release date – 01/14/2022 – To buy

The 9th studio album of the mythical group, Voyeurist is the guys first full release since 2018. It was originally supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of last year, but like so many other releases, the vinyl ended up facing a 3 month delay. The album has been met with critical acclaim so far and fans will get a chance to see it live when the band hit the road for their 2022 tour later this month.


12. The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath (White, Gold & Glow in The Dark) (3XLP)
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Genre: Progressive Metal / Rock – Release date – 01/14/2022 – To buy

Originally published in 2008, then re-released in October last year The Bedlam in Goliath is the band’s most intense and electric project to date. The music on this disc is an energy in its own right and takes the listener on a journey as complex as it is chaotic. After several delays, the vinyl finally reached retailers, available in a variety of color options.


13. Mr. Green – Golden Ninja Empire (Yayo Ninjas) feat. Rick Ross
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Genre: Hip-Hop – Release date – 01/14/2022 – To buy

In fact, I featured this record last year on our Hip Hop charts and now the 7″ vinyl with production from boom-bap legend Mr. Green and a solid feature from Rick Ross is finally available at If your a fan of this classic hip hop sound then you’ll want to pick it up before this limited run is over.


14. Various Artists – Trip Hop Vibes Vol 3 (2XLP)
Wagramme
Genre: Trip-Hop – Release date – 01/14/2022 – To buy

This is Wagram’s third music release Trip hop atmosphere series and really highlights everything people love about this unique genre. With tracks from legendary artists like Tricky, RJD2, DJ Vadim plus newer offerings from producers like Flume, the end result is a well-balanced blend of deep grooves and chilled-out energy that will take you to another world once that the needle touches the record. If you’re new to trip-hop, these compilations are a great place to start.


15. Various Artists – The Future of Lofi Vol. 1 (2xLP – Gatefold Vinyl)
Digital Vinyl
Genre: Lofi – Release date – 01/28/2022 – To buy

Closing out the first chart of the year is another compilation, this time featuring some of the best Lofi producers on the planet. On this double disc offering from Vinyl Digital, you’ll hear tracks from artists such as Mujo, Pettersson, Saltyyy V, Flughand, Burrito Brown, Thelonious Coltrane, Sátyr, Harry Hawaii, and many more.

Jack L. Goldstein