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Mr Bongo's Best Of The Year 2022

Mr Bongo's Pick Of 2022 


1) SOYUZ (СОЮ3) - Force of the Wind (Сила ветра)

Mr Bongo 

Soyuz - Force of the Wind

It feels a bit of a shameless plug to put a Mr Bongo release at Number 1, however, whatever label this sublime album was released on, it would be at the top spot. An album that blew us away from the very first listen and has become a stand-out favourite among Bongo staff, friends, DJs, and collectors alike.


2) Sessa - Estrela Acesa 

Mexican Summer 


Though recorded on the other side of the world in Brazil, 'Estrela Acesa' is almost a twin record to Soyuz's album. Sessa's glorious album features several musicians featured on 'Force Of The Wind', including Alex Chumak (SOYUZ) who wrote some of the string arrangements featured. Sessa in turn, features on 'Force Of The Wind'. A modern take on 70s MPB records by classic artists such as Jorge Ben & Milton Nascimento; a phenomenal album. 


3) Various Artists - Luke Una Presents 'É Soul Cultura'

Mr Bongo 

Luke Una

A magical compilation from a magical fella. Having been up in Manchester for Luke's album launch it was hard not to notice the Mancunians love for Luke, the unofficially Club Cultural Mayor. 'É Soul Cultura' manages to be that rarest of things, totally eclectic, yet containing is a sound and feeling that threads throughout, linking all selections as one. 


4) Sven Wunder - Sun Kissed

Piano Piano 

Sven Wunder

Sven and the Piano Piano team never stop surprising us with treats. On 'Sun Kissed' Sven transforms into full-on vintage instrumental soul mode. This amazing production had Bongo HQ's Gary freaking out from the moment the WAV landed in the mail. A superb record. 


5) anaiis - This Is No Longer A Dream

Dream Sequence 


I get the feeling that anaiis may be under a lot of people's radar at the moment, but I'm sure this won't be for long. 'This Is No Longer a Dream' is an infectious, addictive slow-burn of an album that showcases great songwriting and structures. The release features Bongo HQ favourite CKTRL, and anaiis also collaborates with CKTRL on his 'Zero' EP. This is our unexpected discovery of the year, and we are looking forward to hearing more from anaiis. 


6) Tim Bernardes - Mil Coisas Invisíveis

Psychic Hotline 

Tim Bernardes Mil Coisas Invisíveis

The current crop of contemporary Brazilian artists is on fire, and Tim Bernardes' 'Mil Coisas Invisíveis' record is a colossus. Classic 70's MPB and rock-pop songwriting, yet tailored with a modern aesthetic, resulting in a truly beautiful album. 


7) Various Artists With Love: Volume 1 - Compiled by Miche

 Mr Bongo

Various Artists With Love: Volume 1 - Compiled by Miche

Not a bad compilation for a tattooed chap from Bournemouth ;) Great work here Miche, mate! A choice-curated selection of rare and sought-after AOR, Brazilian, soul, and jazz-funk treasures, all researched and licensed by Miche himself.


8) Gianni Brezzo - Tutto Passa

Jakarta Records 

Gianni Brezzo Tutto Passa

Another brilliant, underrated artist, Gianni Brezzo's (Marvin Horsch) records are always essential, and they keep on getting better and better. An ode to his Italian heritage, 'Tutto Passa' is a lushly orchestrated homage to composers such as Stelvo Cipriani, Piero Umiliani, and other greats. A delight! 


9) Sault - Air

Forever Living Originals 

Sault - Air

Of all the Sault albums, 'Air' is the most divisive and seems to have a split opinion. Some people just don't get it, yet those that do are blown away by its stature and genius. The fact Sault can drop such a magnificent, ambitious contrasting album is a credit to the talented musicians involved. 


10) Marxist Love Disco Ensemble - MLDE

 Mr Bongo


Coming out of seemingly nowhere, 'MLDE' sounds like some of the best of disco, boogie and post-disco 80's pop whilst remaining entirely unique. A real trip from the mysterious Marxist Love Disco Ensemble.


11) Nu Genea - Bar Mediterraneo - Vinyl LP


12) CKtrl - Zero – Vinyl EP


13) Misha Panfilov - Momentum – Vinyl LP


14) Charles Stepney – Step On Step - Vinyl 2LP


15) Project Gemini - The Children Of Scorpio - Vinyl LP/CD


16) Glenn Fallows & Mark Treffel - The Globeflower Masters Vol.2 – Vinyl LP/CD 


17) Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers - Vinyl 2LP


18) Various Artists - Brasil Novo – Vinyl LP


19) Sylvie - Sylvie – Vinyl LP


20) Felbm - Elements of Nature – Vinyl 2LP 


21) Wax Machine - Hermit's Grove – Vinyl LP


22) Admin - Halo / Rivers – Vinyl 7"


23) Various Artists - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Five – Vinyl 2LP/CD


24) Various Artists - Theo Parrish DJ Kicks Detroit Forward – Vinyl 3LP


25) Surprise Chef - Education & Recreation – Vinyl LP


26) Contour - Onwards! – Vinyl LP


27) Marina Allen - Centrifics – Vinyl LP


28) Asha Puthli - The Essential Asha Puthli - Vinyl 2LP / CD


29) Ron Trent Presents Warm - What Do The Stars Say To You – Vinyl LP


30) BunnDebrettQuintet - BunnDebrettQuintet 2 – Vinyl LP


31) Nicholas Ryan Gant X Karizma - Sweet Love / Gypsy Woman (Kaytronik Remix) – Vinyl 7"


32) Michael Diamond - Third Culture – Vinyl LP


33) Hagop Tchaparian - Bolts – Vinyl LP


34) Various Artists - Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours Volume One (compiled by Paul Hillery) – Vinyl 2LP


35) Ferkat Al Ard - Habibi Funk 019: Oghneya – Vinyl LP


36) Ryo Kawasaki - Juice - Vinyl LP / CD


37) Bruno Berle - No Reino Dos Afetos - Vinyl LP


38) Guerrinha - Cidade Grande – Vinyl LP


39) Lady Wray - Piece Of Me (Deep Emerald vinyl) – Vinyl LP


40) Chronixx - Never Give Up – Vinyl 10"


41) Lil Silva - Yesterday Is Heavy – Vinyl LP


42) Various Artists - Touching Bass presents: Soon Come (Coloured Vinyl) – Vinyl 2LP


43) Tone Control - Illusion (Inc. Theo Parrish Remix) – Vinyl 12"


44) Thee Sacred Souls - Thee Sacred Souls – Vinyl LP


45) Misha Panfilov - The Sea Will Outlive Us All – Vinyl LP


 46) Mount Kimbie - MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning – Vinyl 2LP


47) dreamcastmoe - Sound Is Like Water – Vinyl LP


48) Say She She - Forget Me Not / Blow My Mind – Vinyl 7"


49) Hazel Scott - Hazel Scott – Vinyl EP


50) Horace Tapscott Quintett - The Quintet - Vinyl LP