KCRW’s Top 30: Gabriels, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Santigold

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KCRW’s 2021 breakthrough act Gabriels are ready for a full breakout in ‘22. Photo by Amelia Troubridge.

For the heads out there, this week’s chart is probably looking like a series of forgone conclusions. New full-lengths from station-wide favorites Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Sampa the Great, and Santigold were bound to count for a third of the top ten. 

Infinitely upping the inevitability factor of the list was the announcement from our 2021 Breakthrough Artist Gabriels that their debut album, “Angels & Queens,” will be released in two parts, with part one due Sept. 30 via Atlas Artists/Parlophone Records. Following a late-breaking radio premiere of the extra-funky title track on FREAKS ONLY, it was off to the races. Only “When the Lights Go,” the first LP in a decade from DJ/producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, was able to eke out slightly more spins, helped in part by TEED’s own FREAKS ONLY appearance the same night as the Gabriels premiere.

Can these weeknight staples hold strong in their respective spots next week? Only one way to find out…

In the meantime — less talk, more rock! Follow, and listen to KCRW’s weekly Top 30 on Spotify.

Top 30 Albums (9.13.2022)

1 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs  When the Lights Go
2 Gabriels Angels & Queens - Part 1
3 Bonobo ATK [Single]
4 Sampa The Great As Above So Below
5 Gorillaz Cracker Island
6 Say She She Prism
7 Björk Fossora
8 Oliver Sim Hideous Bastard
9 Sudan Archives Natural Brown Prom Queen
10 Santigold Spirituals
11 George Fitzgerald Stellar Drifting
12 Automatic Excess
13 Greentea Peng Greenzone 108
14 Danger Mouse & Black Thought Cheat Codes
15 Surprise Chef Education & Recreation
16 Arctic Monkeys The Car
17 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset
18 Little Dragon Opening The Door
19 Aidan Noell Sharevari (Feat. Nancy Whang) [Single]
20 Brijean Angelo
21 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava
22 Bien et Toi Rainbow Tables (Feat. Biig Piig) [Single]
23 Biig Piig Kerosene [Single]
24 Marlon Williams My Boy
25 Vieux Farka Touré et Khruangbin Ali
26 Gilligan Moss The Destroyer [Single]
27 Hot Chip Eleanor (Remixes)
28 Phoenix Alpha Zulu
29 Jockstrap I Love You Jennifer B
30 Lil Silva Yesterday Is Heavy