KCRW’s Top 30: Little Simz, Gorillaz, Oddisee

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Little Simz’s “NO THANK YOU” is the mantra we all need for 2023. Photo by Karolina Wielocha.

Welcome to the first full-tilt work week of 2023. If you’re anything like us, you’re easing in gently. KCRW DJs are still mining the Best Of 2022, especially in the case of our first chart-topper of the new year, Little Simz. Simz’s latest NO THANK YOU would have been a strong contender for year-end lists were it released any earlier, so we’re making up for lost time.

Expect plenty of shake-ups in the weeks ahead as eagerly anticipated releases from Tennis, Gorillaz, Liv.e, Oddisee, and many more are just around the corner. Happy New Year. 

Speaking of the New Year, did you resolve to get more killer new tunes into your life at a super steady clip? Well then, follow our Top 30 Spotify playlist and you’re all set. 

Top 30 Albums (1.10.2023)

1 Little Simz NO THANK YOU
2 SAULT 11
3 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs When the Lights Go
4 Ezra Collective Where I'm Meant To Be
5 Gorillaz Cracker Island
6 Gabriels Angels & Queens - Part 1
7 Nick Hakim COMETA
8 Cuco First Of The Year [Single]
9 Tennis Pollen
10 The Comet Is Coming Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam
11 The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention
12 Barry Can't Swim Like The Old Days [Single]
13 Morgan Geist Duper
14 Oddisee To What End
15 Kelela Raven
16 Warm Sound Infinity Eye [Single]
17 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
18 NEIL FRANCES High (Feat. PawPaw Rod) [Single]
19 Liv.e Girl In The Half Pearl
20 Supershy Don't Let Go [Single]
22 Dry Cleaning Stumpwork
23 Jungle GOOD TIMES (Braxe + Falcon Remix) [Single]
24 Chris Malinchak I Still Love You [Single]
25 Buttering Trio Foursome
26 Optometry After-Image
27 Son Little Like Neptune
28 Sure Sure Spirit Mission
29 Young Fathers Heavy Heavy
30 Teebs Did It Again [Single]