KCRW’s Top 30: Σtella, Dry Cleaning debut strong, Adrian Quesada remains on top

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Σtella!! Photo by Dimitra Tzanou.

In a wild twist, Toro y Moi’s “MAHAL” is not one of KCRW’s 30 most played records of the week for the first time since its late April release. What could have possibly come along to unseat this modern masterpiece, you might ask? A great many things, as it turns out. As the summer days burn brighter, so too do the myriad new releases racing up our charts.

Greek artist Σtella just dropped “Up and Away,” her first album for the legendary Sub Pop record label, and with that her traditional-with-a-twist indie-folk tunes landed an assured KCRW chart debut in the top 20. Also making a big splash is the announcement of South London post-punk band Dry Cleaning’s sophomore album “Stumpwork.” The development immediately thrust lead single “Don’t Press Me” into a heavy enough rotation that the forthcoming record landed just outside of the top ten.

Then again, with Adrian Quesdada holding firm to the number one position for a second week in a row, the competition for most played album of the year just got a lot more interesting. “MAHAL” still holds a commendable lead, with only Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s “Topical Dancer” having given it a run for its money. Could this be the moment when everything changes?

Top 30 Albums (6.22.2022)

1 Adrian Quesada Boleros Psicodélicos
2 La Femme Sacatela [Single]
4 J.Rocc A Wonderful Letter
5 Andrew Bird Inside Problems
6 Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation How Good It Is
7 HAAi Baby, We’re Ascending
8 070 Shake YOU CAN'T KILL ME
9 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
10 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down
11 Braxe + Falcon Step By Step
12 Brijean Angelo
13 Dry Cleaning Stumpwork
14 Jungle GOOD TIMES / PROBLEMZ [Single]
15 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Omnium Gatherum
16 Sudan Archives Selfish Soul [Single]
17 Danger Mouse & Black Thought Cheat Codes
18 Madone Conception Immaculée
19 Σtella Up and Away
20 Flying Lotus The Room / You Don't Know [Single]
21 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs When the Lights Go
22 Bartees Strange Farm to Table
23 Automatic Excess
24 Cautious Clay Puffer [Single]
25 Saya Gray 19 MASTERS
26 Phoenix Alpha Zulu [Single]
27 STR4TA Night Flight
28 Surprise Chef Spring's Theme [Single]
29 Nikki Nair & Nala The World Is Always Ending
30 Nation of Language Androgynous [Single]