2022. The year after the storm, with a few more storms all its own. Still, we're still standing, four years in now. There was the Thorn Valley compilation and related event at Cafe OTO to help memorialise that achievement, and we bookended that with The Cat's Miaow retrospective and the O Yuki Conjugate record one side and the Movietone reissue announcement the other, and not forgetting the numerous commissions for our Inner World mix series spread throughout. Does that amount to a lot when written down? I dunno, but it felt like a fair bit of work at the time. No complaints, no regrets.
Enough about us, what about everyone else? You people were busy this year. There was much making up for lost time. The vinyl delays of 2021 started evening out or catching up, and so resulting in many records (and also cassettes) from all over. Needless to say, there were many highlights, some totally unexpected, some more of the same from highly reputed sources. How to reflect all of that?
Like in previous years, we've arranged our favourite releases into two lists, one short, one really quite long, and collected them together both online and in a limited (56 page!) booklet pieced together by the saintly Matthew Walkerdine. You can obtain a free copy with purchases made instore/online, or buy one independently if you'd prefer (they're £5 each and you can buy them HERE). A while-stocks-last affair, of course.
Thanks for everything. One last look back over the year and then onwards we go into another. Viva forever.