KCRW's Top 30: Girl Ultra catapults, Black Star shows up, and Wilma Vritra makes top ten

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Ultragrrrl, but make it Gen Z. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Catapulting almost all the way to the top of the chart this week is Mexico City’s Girl Ultra. We’ve had our ears on her for a while, but it feels like all of the KCRW DJs have now had plenty of time to explore her latest release, “El Sur,” and they are eager to share the results of this expedition with you.

It’s also a solid week for hip-hop, with the cinematic charms of Wilma Vritra’s hotly anticipated sophomore album “Grotto” cracking the top ten just after its official release. 070 Shake announced a June 3 release date for “YOU CAN’T KILL ME” – her latest opus of laconic rhymes set against transgressively beautiful squelches and beats.

And after a 24-year hiatus, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) have teamed up with Madlib to finally unleash a new Black Star album upon the oh so patient masses. That album, “No Fear Of Time,” is available in full exclusively through the subscription-only podcast platform Luminary, which also hosts Kweli and Bey’s podcast with Dave Chappelle, “The Midnight Miracle.” But if this week’s chart positioning is any indication, all you have to do is stay tuned into KCRW where you’ll be hearing plenty from it.

Top 30 Albums (5.10.22)

1 Toro y Moi MAHAL
2 Girl Ultra  El Sur
3 HAAi  Baby, We’re Ascending
4 Harvey Sutherland  Boy
5 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs  When the Lights Go
6 Adrian Quesada  Boleros Psicodélicos
7 Melody's Echo Chamber  Emotional Eternal
8 Gabriels  One and Only [Single]
9 Warpaint  Radiate Like This
10 Wilma Vritra  Grotto
11 Brijean  Angelo
12 Black Star  No Fear of Time
13 Wet Leg  Wet Leg
14 Hot Chip  Freakout/Release
15 070 Shake  YOU CAN'T KILL ME
16 Joy Downer feat. Beck Chain Reaction [Single]
17 Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul  Topical Dancer
18 Braxe & Falcon  Step By Step / Creative Source [Single]
19 Carrtoons  Homegrown
20 The Black Keys  Dropout Boogie
21 Helado Negro  Ya No Estoy Aquí [Single]
22 Ron Trent  What Do The Stars Say To You
23 Syd  Broken Hearts Club
24 Bolis Pupul  Neon Buddha b/w Rendez-Voodoo [Single]
25 Kokoroko Could We Be More
26 Max Cooper  Unspoken Words
27 Oumou Sangaré  Timbuktu
28 Metric  Formentera
29 Cuco  Fantasy Getaway
30 Say She She  Blow My Mind [Single]