My favorite albums of July 2022

Artist Helado Negro standing in front of a brick wall, head back and smiling.

I love finding new music and I hope this list helps you discover something new too. Here are my favorite albums and other musical discoveries from the past month.

July was not a chill summer month for me, which is why maybe my musical choices veered so far into the chill zone? I dunno, but there was plenty of good stuff to calm me down and recharge my batteries.

Lil Silva – Yesterday is Heavy

An album that bridges all kinds of styles, from electronica and jazz to hip-hop and R&B. Lots of great guest appearances. Uplifting and funky. Everything is done well here. Tied for my favorite album of the month.


My biggest surprise of the month. An amazing mix of funky beats, melodies, and jazz improvisation. I wrote short post about this FKJ album I like it so much.

Apollo Brown – This Must Be the Place

I haven’t been this into an all-instrumental beat album since the last time Oddisee or 9th Wonder last dropped one, but man, this fits my mood so well right now. Perfect focus-at-work or chilling-at-home music.

Helado Negro – Far In

Breezy and funky pop just bursting with feeling. I thought it would be too sleepy for me but it’s full of joy and appreciation. I love the groove.

Alexander Flood – The Space Between

This came out in January of this year I think and I’m shocked I missed it. Pretty much everything I could want in a jazz album is here: the progressive rhythms, the horns, the keyboards. Perfecto!

Honorable mentions

Jazz is Dead 013 – Katalyst – JID is back!!! This is so good!!!

Ronnie Foster – Reboot – A truly great comeback album from a jazz legend.

Harvey Sutherland – a synthy and funky mix of R&B.

Nicola Cruz – Self Oscillation – a great set of edgy, driving electronica from one of my favorites.

Want more? See what else I found in months past and listen to my ever-changing list of favorite tracks on Spotify.

Comments welcome!

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