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.
Ela Minus - "OK"
Just in time to kick off her North American tour with Machinedrum and Chrome Sparks, Ela Minus dropped OK… EP, two sister tracks that reveal a slow but straightforward descent into soaking techno waters. “OK” is a bilingual declaration of love, but the kind that only takes place inside your head. –Cheky
Grenda - "Floating"
Tijuana prodigy Grenda is back with a track to pull up to the club to, all bouncy beats and pitched-up synths that suggest an elegantly decadent time is on the schedule for the night. Plus, there’s a part in the middle that evokes the grandiosity of classical music, perhaps mirroring the moment in the night where everything is going perfectly. –Marcos Hassan
Sexores - "The City That Sorrow Built"
With their newest reinvention, Ecuador’s Sexores has bridged the gap between shoegaze ennui and synthpop nostalgia, and “The City That Sorrow Built” is perhaps the best example. The song will conjure visions of a drive through a rainy, retrofuturistic highway in a hovercar, but that goth touch makes it timeless. –Marcos Hassan
Girl Ultra ft. FNTXY - "Bye Bye"
This collaboration with Tijuana’s FNTXY off Girl Ultra‘s new EP Adiós is a rap-R&B duet in the best tradition of those genres’ crossovers. Its lyrics of mutual breakup hard-headedness are so apt that they’ll linger in the back of your head with their ever-so slight tinges of regret: “Ya lo sabía (yo lo sabía)/Que tu nunca ibas a cambiar.” –Caitlin Donohue
Florentino ft. Bad Gyal - "Por Ti"
Catalonia’s Bad Gyal and the UK’s DJ Florentino can both be found surfing the outer edges of what is considered dancehall, edging the genre more and more perceptibly into an addictive club-pop sound. The shimmering “Por Ti” on Florentino’s Fragmentos continues where their last experiment “Blink” left off, with the singer’s auto-tuned vocal range expanding to fit the producer’s more pronounced interlude work here. –Caitlin Donohue
Seakret, Feid, MC Zaac - "Kika"
Colombian singer Feid joins forces with Brazil’s Seakret and MC Zaac for a windy, multilingual banger that weaves in twinkly marimba-inspired rhythms and sludgy trap sensibilities. Feid’s laid-back verse en español lurches into the drowsy – yet undeniably catchy – hook in Portuguese, melding worlds and showing the strength of crossovers happening across the globe. –Julyssa Lopez
Sisah - "Vida"
Sisah is a new collaborative project started by Venezuelan producers, musicians, and visual artists that intends to showcase the talent that has been forced to flee the country in recent years. On the first single off their upcoming debut full-length, Sunsplash, Ferraz, and DJ Afro created a bubbly, party-ready instrumental on which vocalist Alissa María glides sensuously, making for a glossy, ecstatic celebration of love and life. –Cheky
Jesse Baez & C. Tangana - "No Eres Tú"
Two modern-day Iberoamerican R&B/hip-hop heavyweights have finally collided, and they’re making sparks fly. “No Eres Tú,” Jesse Baez and C.Tangana’s transatlantic joint jam, finds the pair lyrically channeling Puchito’s beloved Drizzy, as they trade verses about seeing right through a good girl’s bad girl ways. This is a track to play while checking your Instagram timeline; don’t think it’s a coincidence when these words start to sink in. –Cheky
Mi$$il ft. Jamez Manuel - "Roroneo" prod. King Doudou
Chilean rapper Jamez Manuel seems like he’s been waiting a minute to drop verses as filthy as the ones on this kitten fetish banger with the divine-eyebrowed Paraguayan perreo alien Mi$$il. She’s right at home, purring her way through an arsenal of seductive tongue rolls and one-liners. –Caitlin Donohue
Tiniebla - "Terror 03"
After five years of bringing together Mexico City’s metal and hardcore communities, record label and events production company Marginal thought it was time to take stock of its success with their its compilation, a driving 18-track assemblage of the bands that have formed the label’s family. Where the rest of Vol. 1 tends to show the Marginal bands’ prodigious talent for jackhammer drums and perfectly-imperfectly calibrated protest screams, Tiniebla’s “Terror 03” sounds like a practice in exploring the many sounds of metal, from a downright sinister creep to an adrenaline-racing finish. –Caitlin Donohue
Los Waldners - "No Me Visto Para Vos"
Costa Rica’s Los Waldners share a new track about dressing up not for your mans but for feeling yourself. Featuring hook after hook, the perfectly bouncy-jangly guitar pop song won’t leave your headphones for a long time. –Marcos Hassan
Budaya - "Qué Más Da"
Budaya is a buzzy synthpop duo from Leon, Guanajuato who’ve been making the rounds since 2013. Last year, the success of their underground hit “Calma” put the band on radar of the indie cognoscenti, and now they have returned with a lyric video for “Qué Más Dá,” an enveloping slow jam dripping with bass and luminous synth stabs. –Richard Villegas
Fuego and Maikel Delacalle - "Eso"
The Fireboy teams up with Canarian urbano upstart Maikel Delacalle for this aquatic R&B palate cleanser. Is it summer yet? –Isabelia Herrera