KCRW’s Top 30 chart: June 24–30, 2024

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Jamie xx maintains a solid lead. Photo by Alasdair McLellan

The Jamie xx winning streak remains intact, but LA band Pearl & The Oysters make an auspicious second place debut with their emphatically upbeat new single “Side Quest.” Written to process difficult feelings surrounding a family illness, the song leans all the way into accentuating the positive with its bright major chords and synth-forward instrumentation in the band’s signature psych-jazz-pop style. If this isn’t a future TV series theme song, it’ll be a real missed opportunity.

New and notable: LA producer Sweatson Klank once again teams with transcontinental Afrobeat-electro collective Kondi Band. Be sure to check out the story behind the new track “Money Face” — it’s a doozy. 

Top 30 Albums (7.2.2024)

1 Jamie xx “In Waves”
2 Pearl & The Oysters “Side Quest” [Single]
3 Ezra Collective “Dance, No One's Watching”
4 Melenas “Ahora Remixes”
5 Swim Surreal & Zero7 “In the Half Light”
7 Aaron Frazer “Into the Blue”
8 Mermaid Chunky “slif slaf slof”
9 Hiatus Kaiyote “Love Heart Cheat Code”
10 L’Impératrice “Pulsar”
11 La Femme “Ciao Paris!” [Single]
13 Manu Chao “Viva tu” [Single]
14 Clairo “Charm”
15 Peter Cat Recording Co. “BETA”
16 Hermanos Gutiérrez “Sonido Cósmico”
17 Channel Tres “Head Rush”
18 Washed Out “Notes from a Quiet Life”
19 NxWorries “Why Lawd?”
20 Omar Apollo “God Said No”
21 Buscabulla “11:11” [Single]
22  LP Giobbi “Dotr”
23 Wilco “Hot Sun Cool Shroud”
24 Sweatson Klank & Kondi Band “Money Face”
25 Bicep “CHROMA 004 ROLA”
26 Fontaines D.C. “Romance”
27 Thee Sacred Souls “Got a Story to Tell”
29 Peggy Gou “I Hear You”
30  Tom Misch “Cinnamon Curls” [Single]