KCRW’s Top 30: Brijean, Meridian Brothers, Little Dragon steadily advance

By Marion Hodges

Brijean up their game. Photo by Nathan Castiel

We’ve been waiting for one of our favorite local duos, Brijean, to top this list. Though last week’s champs Panda Bear and Sonic Boom maintain a slight lead with their LP “Reset” now out in the world, the ultra-fluid grooves of Brijean’s brand new full length “Angelo” are rapidly coursing upward.

Hot on Brijean’s très chic heels are Colombia’s Meridian Brothers. The love is multiplying for the pseudo-eponymous new album, “Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento,” in which the band cosplays as a fictional 1970s salsa dura ensemble on a reunion tour. Plus, you’ll find brand new jams from Little Dragon, Broken Bells, and Eddie Chacon.

Peep the whole deal below, and give us a follow on Spotify!

Top 30 Albums (8.15.2022)

1 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset
2 Brijean Angelo
3 Meridian Brothers & El Grupo
Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
4 Ela Minus & DJ Python
5 Little Dragon Opening The Door
6 Danger Mouse & Black Thought Cheat Codes

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Cool It Down
8 Eddie Chacon Holy Hell
10 Hooveriii A Round of Applause
11 Broken Bells Into the Blue
12 Gilligan Moss The Destroyer [Single]
13 Automatic Excess
14 Toro y Moi Mahal
15 Dungen En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig Nog
16 Kokoroko Could We Be More
17  ODESZA The Last Goodbye
18 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Wake And Return (Little Dragon Remix) [Single]

20 Surprise Chef Education & Recreation
21 Hudson Mohawke Cry Sugar
22 Sylvan Esso No Rules Sandy
23 Always Centered At Night On Air
24 Moon Boots Come Back Around (Feat. Cherry Glazerr) [Single]
25 The 1975 Being Funny In a Foreign Language
26 Dry Cleaning Stumpwork
27 Four Tet Mango Feedback [Single]
28 Son Little Like Neptune
29 Daymé Arocena Dançar e Voar [Single]
30 Rogê Curyman