KCRW’s Top 30: Stella Explorer, Liv.e, and Grammy nom celebrations

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Stella explores and presses beyond all of dance music’s perceived limitations. Photo by Milkdrop Studio.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a major American holiday revolving around shortened work weeks, food comas, and watching a big parade in one’s pajamas. But before we surrender to all of that, there’s a new Top 30 chart to explore. 

You’ll find a lot of familiar material here as we start to lean into our forthcoming “Best Of” lists, while the wide variety of KCRW artists showing up for Grammy nominations have tended to split the difference across the airwaves. That said, late-breaking newcomers — experimental R&B songstress Liv.e and Patti-Smith-for-the-warehouse-party-set, Stella Explorer — are more than ready for the task of spicing things up.

And get extra-spicy by giving our Top 30 Spotify playlist a follow.

Top 30 Albums (11.22.2022)

1 SAULT 11
2 Mount Kimbie MK 3.5: Die Cuts / City Planning
3 Kelela Raven
4 Adrian Quesada Jaguar Sound
5 SAULT Untitled (God) 
6 Lee Fields Sentimental Fool
7 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down
8 SAULT Today & Tomorrow
9 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset (Expanded Edition)
10 The Blessed Madonna Serotonin Moonbeams [Single]
12 Gorillaz Cracker Island
13 Fever Ray Radical Romantics
14 Flevans A Short Distance to Fall
15 Thee Sacred Souls Thee Sacred Souls
16 Rahill Sun Songs
17 Robert Glasper Black Radio III - Supreme Edition
18 Genesis Owusu Get Inspired [Single]
19 Stella Explorer Dorkay House
20 Andy Shauf Norm
21 Rosalía MOTOMAMI
22 Liv.e Girl In The Half Pearl
23 Bad Colours Always With U
24 La Femme Teatro Lucido
25 Gabriels Angels & Queens - Part 1
26 Daniel Avery Ultra Truth
27 Pearl & The Oysters Pacific Ave [Single]
28 TSHA Capricorn Sun
29 Tom Skinner Voices of Bishara
30 Arctic Monkeys The Car