KCRW’s Top 30: Adrian Quesada, Lee Fields, De Lux

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Adrian Quesada: The soundtrack of our lives. Photo by Jackie Lee Young.

Welcome to the penultimate Top 30 Chart of 2022. We’ll save the sentimentalities for next week, but looking over this list, one can’t help but reflect on just how much excellent music made its way into the world this year. This week’s number one guy, Adrian Quesada, paid loving homage to the cinematic and psychedelic sounds of his youth for his first album of the year, “Boleros Psicodélicos,” and gets real vibe-y on his second — the instrumental hip-hop offering “Jaguar Sound,” currently the most played album across all of KCRW. 

You’ll also find many special edition and remix albums from some of our all-time faves — i.e. Hot Chip, De Lux, and Metronomy — and to that we say, the more the merrier. And our very first guest to have a live performance beamed out from HQ in real time since early 2020, Mr. Lee Fields, finds himself in the anchor spot of the top ten. 

As you await our forthcoming Best Of lists, enjoy an advance on the positive feelings by following our Top 30 Spotify playlist.

Top 30 Albums (12.6.2022)

1 Adrian Quesada Jaguar Sound
2 Eddie Chacon Holy Hell (Mndsgn Remix) [Single]
3 NEIL FRANCES High (Feat. PawPaw Rod) [Single]
4 Mount Kimbie MK 3.5: Die Cuts / City Planning
5 Lee Fields Sentimental Fool
6 Liv.e Girl In The Half Pearl
7 Daniel Avery Ultra Truth
8 Pearl & The Oysters Pacific Ave [Single]
9 Supershy Don't Let Go [Single]
10 De Lux Do You Need A Release (Remixes)
11 Metronomy Small World (Special Edition)
12 Skinny Pelembe Like a Heart Won’t Beat [Single]
13 Kelela Raven
14 SAULT 11
15 SAULT Untitled (God)
16 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset (Expanded Edition)
17 Drugdealer Hiding In Plain Sight
18 Say She She Wrap Myself Up in Your Love [Single]
19 Hot Chip Broken (Remixes)
20 J.Rocc A Wonderful Letter
21 Various Artists Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music From the Arab World, Part 2
22 Barry Can't Swim Like The Old Days [Single]
23 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down
24 The Blessed Madonna Serotonin Moonbeams [Single]
26 Flevans A Short Distance to Fall
27 Thee Sacred Souls Thee Sacred Souls
28 Genesis Owusu Get Inspired [Single]
29 Andy Shauf Norm
30 Gabriels Angels & Queens - Part 1