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.
Ms Nina - "Rico Rico"
Perreo princess Ms Nina is the Pied Piper of my best ass shake, so it only makes sense that she’d kill it once again with this candy-coated ode to culo, accentuated by cute pantylines in the video clip. –Caitlin Donohue
Fuego - "Obama"
Dominican trapero Fuego has finally released his long-awaited album Libre: Fireboy Forever into the world, and the project shudders awake with “Obama,” a dramatic opener that uses choral samples and creaky snips to set the tone. As dramatic fuzz pipes in like a smoke machine, Fuego delivers staccato rhymes, juiced up with a few pumps of auto-tune, to reminds us he’s back in action. –Julyssa Lopez
Mourn - "Skeleton"
Barcelona’s Mourn love to work with sounds perfected in the 90s, but there’s nothing nostalgic about “Skeleton.” Here, the young quartet rage through their angular guitar motives and askew rhythms with a ton of melody and personality and just a little vitriol to really get you going. And they do all this in less than two minutes without feeling particularly rushed. –Marcos Hassan
Huaira - "Ochiemay"
Right on time for the summer solstice, Ecuadorian artist and Nicola Cruz collaborator Huaira dropped her debut EP Ñuka Shunku on “organic electronic” label Shika Shika. Her track “Ochiemay,” sung in Quechua and Spanish, sends the right vibrations to make our bodies connect with the Earth, reminding us we live in a paradise. With her music, Huaira becomes a healer. –Cheky
Dinamarca - "Tú y Yo"
A chilly, hard-to-categorize instrumental from the Staycore co-founder, employing streams of steel drum vibe that flow into synthetic cascades. –Caitlin Donohue
Perra Vida - "Célebres Plumíferos"
Hardcore gets an amazing makeover in the hands of this Lima, Perú band. Sure, it has plenty of righteous rage, desperate distorted guitars, and a breakdown to make every diehard start a circle pit, but Perra Vida reinterprets the gospel of Minor Threat with their own inspiration to galvanize even the most jaded HxC fan. –Marcos Hassan
Dannyhell - "Metro TV Signal Problems"
Dannyhell from São Paulo makes beats that could suit the most adventurous neo soul artists, as well as those who find trap too stiff. But make no mistake – “Metro TV Signal Problems” doesn’t need singing or rapping to make a statement; its atmosphere commands a very particular space and mood, like a dance party that happens you’re halfway asleep. –Marcos Hassan
AKKAN - “Salvia”
If you’re beginning to worry about your still-unfulfilled New Year resolutions by this time of the year, peep this: Catalan duo AKKAN just released their second EP in three months. The duo, which is comprised of beGun and Ocellot’s Marc Fernández, kick off their Regaliu EP with “Salvia,” a pointillistic dance track painted with millions of sound dots so vivid we wish we could touch them. Get your synesthesia on. –Cheky
Lidia Damunt - "El Túnel"
Are you ready for a hell of a ride? Spanish artist and former member of cult band Hello Cuca Lidia Damunt tapped electronic provocateurs Hidrogenesse to create “El Túnel,” a rollercoaster of a track that accelerates and slows haphazardly, giving us rewarding punches of adrenaline. When she sings “Más peligrosa que la cocaína,” she might be as well talking about the song, because we are just hooked on it. –Cheky
Manotaz - "Tú Eres Mía" (prod. Ynfynyt Scroll)
Let me put down my strawberry daiquiri, because I have something to say: my summers are soundtracked to Ynfynyt Scroll’s impeccably cut high-season mixtape series. Check the opener from this year’s edition, a dancehall breezer that’s gonna bounce your shoulders even if you’re still chained to your laptop (sorry bout that.) –Caitlin Donohue
Helado Negro - "Phonic Mirror Mix Part 3"
Helado Negro’s Phonic Mirror mixes are airy morsels of joy, and the third installment in the mix series is no different. Consider this hour-long collection a summer mantra, and live by the message Helado sends in his SoundCloud description: “be – good to each other i love u.” –Isabelia Herrera