KCRW’s Top 30: Kelela, YACHT, Pearl + The Oysters

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We’re living for Kelela’s first LP in over five years. Photo by Justin French.

We begin this week with an acknowledgment for the late, great Eric J. Lawrence. You’ve undoubtedly heard and read countless KCRW tributes over the past week since we learned of his passing, but we’d be remiss not to acknowledge his contributions to the Top 30 Chart. As KCRW’s long-time music librarian, tallying the 30 to 50 (!) most played records each week was a task that Lawrence had down to a science — and for the most part during his run, the science required heavy input from volunteers transferring data from paper playlists into KCRW’s classic database, “Malcolm.” Our current charts would not be nearly the well oiled machine they are today without these endeavors.

As for what’s happening strictly by the numbers this week? We’re looking at a lot of repeat players with Young Fathers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Pearl & The Oysters all holding strong in the top ten. Of course, no one was going to impede our collective fervor to elevate Kelela’s sultry and assertive future-R&B sounds to number one. Kelela’s first LP in over five years, Raven, is finally out in its entirety, and we’re celebrating.

Keep that party going with Kelela and all the rest on this week’s Top 30 Spotify playlist.

Top 30 Albums (2.7.2023)

1 Kelela Raven
2 Lil Yachty Let's Start Here
3 YACHT Finger In Your Eye [Single]
4 Unknown Mortal Orchestra V
5 Pearl & The Oysters Konami [Single]
6 Surprise Chef Pash Rash [Single]
7 Young Fathers Heavy Heavy
8 Biig Piig Bubblegum
9 SG Lewis AudioLust & HigherLove
10 Liv.e Girl In The Half Pearl
11 Say She She In My Head [Single]
12 Nia Archives Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against Tha Wall
13 Dina Ögon Oas
14 slowthai UGLY
15 The Arcs Electrophonic Chronic
16 Daniel Avery Ultra Truth
17 Benny Sings Young Hearts
18 Little Simz No Thank You
19 Vagabon Carpenter [Single]
20 M83 Fantasy
21 Yellow Days Soul Smile [Single]
22 Beck Thinking About You [Single]
23 Brijean Angelo (Deluxe)
24 Yo La Tengo This Stupid World
25 Arlo Parks My Soft Machine
26 Yves Tumor Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
27 Everything But The Girl Fuse
28 José González Visions EP
29 The Altons Float [Single]
30 Andy Shauf Norm