DOLCE’s tracks of 2022

Another year has gone by in a flash! But, amidst the return of Glastonbury, the brief postponement of the Mercury Prize, and the sad passings of legends like Pharoah Sanders, Christine McVie, Coolio, Manuel Göttsching, and Angelo Badalamenti (among others), we’ve been treated to all kinds of amazing music in 2022.

Our annual best-of-the-year playlist includes the latest offering from Little Simz, who won the Mercury Prize in October. Velvet Underground founder John Cale, meanwhile, returned with an avant-garde ballad featuring majestic vocalist Weyes Blood. And Mount Kimbie released a split double album, with ‘f1 racer’, featuring James Blake on synths, taken from Dom Maker’s half of the record.

The mix features tracks from all over the world. Nigerian vocalist Obongjayar combined afrobeat and hip-hop on his 2022 debut ‘Some Nights I Dream of Doors’, while Beninese ensemble Star Feminine Band jangled on ‘Le mariage forcé’. And São Paulo singer-songwriter Tim Bernardes released the wistful ‘BB (Garupo de Moto Amarela)’, while Norway’s Jenny Havl introduced dub influences on ‘Year of Love’.

There’s an indie anthem from Alex G, progressive electronic music from Jockstrap, and a jungle-inspired banger from Nia Archives. We also picked the euphoric ‘Step by Step’ by French house pioneers Braxe + Falcon, which features Animal Collective’s Panda Bear on vocals. Helado Negro, Steve Lacy and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Duval Timothy are among the highlights elsewhere.

Check out all of these, plus much more, on our Tracks of 2022 mix, below!