KCRW’s Top 30: Nick Hakim, NxWorries, Alvvays

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Nick Hakim, so much more than a face on KCRW’s Polaroid Wall. Photo by Zacile Rosette/KCRW

As tough as it is to see our long-reigning champs Gabriels slip down so many spots, the fact that this seismic reshuffling has opened space for Nick Hakim to secure a place in the top three for his trippy, and deceptively intricate, instant soul classic “COMETA,” is pretty sweet. For more details on how this one came together, check out Hakim’s recent visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

The rest of the top ten is beginning to resemble a game of musical chairs. Several albums are switching spots, but the list is largely the same as it’s been for the past few weeks (save for the additions of Hakim and Dry Cleaning). Allow your eyes to drift further down the list, and you’ll find fresh life in the form of brand new singles from Genesis Owusu, NxWorries, and Young Fathers. Plus, never count out Canadian indiepop warriors Alvvays, who have returned to valiantly plant their flag at the base of the Top 20.  

A mighty sampler platter awaits if you’d care to stop into our Top 30 Spotify playlist for a bit. No tip required, but a follow sure would be nice…

Top 30 Albums (10.25.2022)

1 Surprise Chef Education & Recreation
2 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down
3 Nick Hakim COMETA
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 Dry Cleaning Stumpwork
8 Say She She Prism
9 Gabriels  Angels & Queens - Part 1
10 Sault 10
11 Arctic Monkeys The Car
12 Men I Trust Girl [Single]
13 Adrian Quesada Jaguar Sound
14 Elke My "Human Experience"
15 Bonobo Defender [Single]
16 NxWorries Where I Go (Feat. H.E.R.) [Single]
17 Genesis Owusu Get Inspired [Single]
18 Young Fathers Heavy Heavy
19 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Changes
20 Alvvays Blue Rev
21 Rubblebucket Earth Worship
22 Goat Oh Death
23 Phoenix Alpha Zulu
24 Pat Lok Jolie
25 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom


26 Broken Bells Into the Blue
27 Robert Glasper Black Radio III Supreme Edition
28 Jamie XX KILL DEM [Single]
29 Bibio BIB10
30 Jordan Ward & Joony IDC [Single]