Tungs (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums, and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s favorites come from WQFS in Greensboro, NC, WMBR inCambridge, MA, and WRIR in Richmond, VA.

Diali Cissokho And Kaira Ba at WQFS

This week, we found WQFS giving Greensboro a blast of West African dance music in the form of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, who secured a Top 200 spot with The Great Peace. Cissokho stands front and center as master of dance, vocals, and the kora, but it’s the rest of the band who lay down the infectious and irresistible jazz and funk infused grooves. Your challenge for the day is to try not to tap your foot to this.

Talk West at WMBR

Securing the No. 20 spot at WMBR this week is Dylan Aycock’s (aka Talk West’s) ambient folk release Black Coral Sprig. Willow And The Dogwood is an airy composition that builds layers of sparse guitar licks which leave enough space for a faint static hum to poke through.


Grandparents just don’t understand. Fortunately, WRIR gave local sludge-poppers TUNGS some love at the No. 24 spot this week with Not For Grandma, an album that keeps you on your toes by transitioning between snot-nosed garage punk and psychedelic doom rock on a dime.