Every week, we highlight some of our favorite releases in a handy list. Although we try to cover as much new music as possible, there are so many stellar releases to talk about. Consider this our genre-diverse guide to songs we have on repeat.
Jessie Reyez - "Body Count"
The Canadian-Colombian master of raw, soulful ballads is back with a bubbly number to skewer the sexual double standard for women. “The luxury of not getting judged for ‘loving’ who you want to love should be given to everyone – including women,” she said. Damn straight. –Isabelia Herrera
Ruzzi - "Nave Espacial" ft. Meme
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ruzzi is ready for her close up, after playing with big leaguers like Julieta Venegas, Leon Larregui, and Café Tacvba. “Nave Espacial” borrows a page from the Javiera Mena book of pop and creates that interstellar vehicle to take us to a majestic dream planet, enhanced by an exquisite string arrangement and a little help from Meme, the tacvbo. Get ready for takeoff. –Cheky
Lors El Prieto - "Frasco De Pastillas"
Summery, dance-tinged dembow bangers are the norm these days, but Lors El Prieto pulls this one off masterfully by leaning on a thudding bass and vocals rendered breezy through the power of auto-tune. The song is heavy on angst – “un frasco de pastillas pa’ olvidarte” – but a light production hand covers the whole thing in a floaty, feathery sheen, kind of like the track itself popped a little blue pill. –Julyssa Lopez
La Marimba - "Agua Que Llegó"
La Marimba has an airy delivery that reminds us a bit of French-Cuban twins Ibeyi. On “Agua Que Llegó,” she pairs her voice with a gentle bossa nova melody, a choice that shows off her gift for subtlety and results in a balmy, ethereal effort. –Julyssa Lopez
Dotorado Pro - "Marimbadas"
Self-proclaimed “marimba king” Dotorado Pro returns to his favorite melodic percussion instrument to gift us yet another hit for those sweaty nights at the club. The Portuguese producer crafted the sticky “Marimbadas” with an impressive precision, so each moving part fizzes playfully on our ears and its tight kuduro rhythm creeps into our muscles. –Cheky
Moro - "Showtime"
Moro just dropped his new Irrelevant EP on JANUS, and we’re living for the way he managed to introduce his velvety voice to this off-kilter production. On opener “Showtime,” he flirts with instrumental textures like zapping through TV channels, but that never breaks the spell casted on us by his melodies. Music this creative can’t go unnoticed. –Cheky
Nova Materia - "Nov Power"
French-Chilean duo Nova Materia are hard at work on their debut album, which is coming out later this year on Crammed Discs, but they’re throwing us a bone to see what they’re up to. The bilingual “Nov Power” self-references the mineral and metallic elements they use to make their electronic rock, and we can feel their power from head to toe. –Cheky
Los Románticos de Zacatecas - "Gracias"
Although indie rock as the perpetual soundtrack to offbeat scenarios of love and yearning has faded from the mainstream, Los Románticos de Zacatecas remind us that popularity has nothing to do with things that are just plain truth. “Gracias” is starry-eyed, upbeat and just a little bit nostalgic, just like falling in love. –Marcos Hassan
Useless Youth - "Goodbye"
Really, nobody is ever good at goodbyes. Waving somebody off to the unknown evokes much more than sadness; it also carries all the happy times spent together with the person and that you shouldn’t worry about seeing them again, and yet. This lush and propulsive song by Mexico City’s Useless Youth seems to fall apart under the weight of so much emotion, like breaking down in tears after that last embrace, but somehow they pull through, for the good times. –Marcos Hassan
Boundary - "Cuantas Cosas Por"
The Dominican Republic’s Josué Suero makes music like he’s controlling the weather. With a twist of a knob he can create a gentle rainshower, and with a tap of his finger, the room becomes warmer. The nine-minute ambient opus “Cuantas Cosas Por” makes you feel like floating in zero gravity back in the womb, where nothing can hurt you. –Marcos Hassan
Snow Tha Product ft. DRAM - "Myself"
Matt Hunter ft. Lele Pons - "Dicen"
Jhay Cortez and J Balvin - "Están Pa' Mí"
Top-tier urbano songwriter Jhay Cortez steps into the spotlight with a hazy J Balvin collab. –Isabelia Herrera