KCRW’s Top 30: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Louis Cole

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, perfectly suited to the task of ‘cooling it down.’ Photo by David Black.

There’s much to be said for a top five facing so squarely towards the future, while at the same time tapping such a deep well of nostalgia. Early ‘00s staples Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD Soundsystem retain their strong footing among the chart’s top tier while tackling (potential) impending airborne doom as filtered through the lenses of their respective signature post-punk, dance rock sounds.

Simultaneously, our reigning number one champs Gabriels show no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. They further cement their place in music’s future through an uncanny knack for reconstructing the most fervently beloved sounds of the past. Fellow top-fivers Sault and Louis Cole run similar twists on the reconceptualized-soul-sounds-of-yesteryear playbook. 

The rest of the list has experienced a degree of turnover (we’re counting seven first time entrants) worthy to rival the most dramatic display of autumn foliage that you could hope to show us. Seriously though, if you’re somewhere with foliage, please show us. We’re in LA…

Soundtrack the turning of the leaves, or a crisp-yet-blindingly-sunny SoCal day with those sweet mid-70s temps courtesy of our ultra-handy Top 30 Spotify playlist.

Top 30 Albums (10.18.2022)

1 Gabriels Angels & Queens - Part 1
2 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down
3 Sault 10
4 LCD Soundsystem new body rhumba (from the film White Noise) [Single]
5 Louis Cole Quality Over Opinion
6 Drugdealer Hiding In Plain Sight
7 Broken Bells Into the Blue
8 Nation of Language From The Hill [Single]
9 Adrian Quesada Jaguar Sound
10 Melody's Echo Chamber Unfold
11 Robert Glasper Black Radio III Supreme Edition
12 Men I Trust Girl [Single]
13 Rahill Sun Songs
14 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset
15 Surprise Chef Education & Recreation
16 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava
17 Nick Hakim COMETA
18 St. Panther Así Así (Feat. Chrystel) [Single]
19 Men I Trust Billie Toppy [Single]
20 Bien et Toi London Safari
21 Makaya McCraven In These Times
22 Son Little Like Neptune
23 Bibio BIB10
24 Mamas Gun Cure The Jones
25 The 1975

Being Funny In a Foreign Language

26 Young Gun Silver Fox Ticket To Shangri-La
27 Jordan Ward & Joony IDC [Single]
28 Dry Cleaning Stumpwork
29 Elke My "Human Experience"
30 Peel Dream Magazine Pad