KCRW's Top 30: sir Was is getting the most play

By KCRW Music Staff

sir Was, leaning in to tell you how stoked he is to be No. 1 this week. Photo by Malin Ingrid Johansson.

Deft composer of intricate indie pop sir Was has been anointed KCRW’s most played artist. After weeks spent hovering near the margins of the top ten, the enterprising Swede has claimed the No. 1 spot over a month in advance of one of our most eagerly anticipated fall albums, “Let The Morning Come.”

As for the rest of the top ten, it’s beginning to look a lot like Global Beat Australia. Our favorite GBA success story, Hector Morlet, rests at No. 7 after another epic week of chart climbing. Fellow Aussie Sampology claims No. 10 in celebration of the release of his latest (excellent) full length, “Regrowth.” And to wrap things up a little closer to home, it’s nice to see KCRW Top 30 constant Brittany Howard back in the top ten. We’re so excited for her rapidly approaching show at the Hollywood Bowl, and we would love to have you join us as a winner of one of the five pairs of tickets we’re currently giving away. Enter now for your chance!


Check out the full rundown of KCRW’s Top 30 Albums chart and our Top 30 Spotify playlist below.

  KCRW’S TOP 30: AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 5
      1. SIR WAS – LET THE MORNING COME
2. DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS – PRIVATE SPACE
3. CLEO SOL – MOTHER
4. HELADO NEGRO – FAR IN
5. LITTLE SIMZ – SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT
6. JORDAN RAKEI – WHAT WE CALL LIFE
      7. HECTOR MORLET – PICTURE FRAME [SINGLE]
8. BRITTANY HOWARD – JAIME REIMAGINED
9. YOLA – STAND FOR MYSELF
10. SAMPOLOGY – REGROWTH
11. JOSE GONZALEZ – LOCAL VALLEY
12. GORILLAZ – MEANWHILE
13. MEN I TRUST – UNTOURABLE ALBUM
14. DJ NU-MARK – RUN FOR COVER
15. ARJUNA OAKES & SEREBII – FIRST NIGHTS
16. ZOE’S SHANGHAI – LAVA LOVE
17. HIATUS KAIYOTE – MOOD VALIANT
18. NITE JEWEL – NO SUN
19. LA LUZ – LA LUZ 
20. SPARROW & BARBOSSA – SEVEN SEAS
21. LADY BLACKBIRD – BLACK ACID SOUL
22. NIGHTMARES ON WAX – SHOUT OUT! TO FREEDOM...
23. DEAR BOY – (ON MY) MIND [SINGLE]
24. STEVEN BAMIDELE – UNCROWDED
25. MUNYA – VOYAGE TO MARS
26. JAMES BLAKE – FRIENDS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART
27.  ELSA Y ELMAR – ADIOS AMOR
28. EL MICHELS AFFAIR MASTERCLASS [SINGLE]
      29. MILD MINDS – MACHINE [SINGLE]
30. JUNGLE – LOVING IN STEREO