Starting in 2018, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite releases of the week in a new 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.
Subscribe to our playlist featuring these tracks and more on Spotify or Apple Music – we’ll be updating the playlist every week with fresh new music. Read more about our picks below. –Isabelia Herrera
Dengue Dengue Dengue - "Cobre"
Dengue Dengue Dengue’s “Cobre” bridges Afro-Peruvian sounds with the African continent by weaving together rhythms like golpe tierra and zouk. Thanks to this parade of percussion, your muscles will do their thing while you transcend another plane of existence. –Cheky
Jamez Manuel - "Llámame"
The Chilean Zonora Point alum flashes a glimpse of his upcoming album built by producer Ulises “El Licenciado” Lozano of Mexican rock group Kinky with this wavy track. Its video, premiering today on Remezcla, is a glitched-out journey through the LA fashion house Freak City’s aesthetic universe. –Caitlin Donohue
Crimen Pasional - "Eurodancehall II"
Bad Gyal opened the floodgates for a new generation of Catalan dancehall, and yes, the tidal wave is coming. Newcomers Crimen Pasional’s “Eurodancehall II” were made to spark the flames of desire, and it’s working. –Cheky
Monte - "Miles de Bestias"
Monte’s brand of noise pop boasts just the right amount of dissonance and fuzz without sacrificing trad rock staples. “Miles de Bestias” is a classic Pixies-inspired 90s Cono Sur rocker that manages to feel bouncy, fresh, and energetic. Let the chorus lift you up and the guitar lines glide you sideways once you’re airborne. –Marcos Hassan
Sailor Fag - "Pollo Acartonado"
Guadalajara’s social media sparkplug Sailor Fag has good timing – his rap tirades against fragile masculinity finally made it to streaming services this week. –Caitlin Donohue
Riobamba - "FACT Mix 635"
New York-based perreo curator Riobamba bodied her first mix of the year. Listen to hear a DJ with far-reaching knowledge of what makes the club sweat flex. –Caitlin Donohue
Turning Torso - "Lavanda"
Mexican producer Turning Torso quietly released a garden of abstract techno tunes called Sotis, where “Lavanda” (“Lavender”) stands out. The six-minute track is a late-night energy booster for when the party is getting a little too dense and you need a night cap. –Cheky
Tormenta - "DEIXA OS MONSTROS FALAREM MIXAPELLA" (prod. Pininga)
São Paulo collective Tormenta dropped a forward-thinking mixtape from talented member Pininga. Sounds reflect the appealing, bass-lite chaos of the tape’s album art. –Caitlin Donohue
Casalves - "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out"
If AJ Dávila’s brand of bright-eyed punk rock is your thing, but 1) you prefer it to be a bit noisier and 2) want more of it, then Buenos Aires’ Casalves might have the perfect prescription for you. “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” is a psychedelic rush of good vibrations, giving you the perfect wave to ride on your next trip (chemicals optional). –Marcos Hassan
Andrés Landon - "Dios No Existe"
Right in the middle of Pope Francis’ Latin American tour comes Andrés Landon’s “Dios No Existe,” the first preview off the Chilean artist’s upcoming full-length. The atheistically-titled track functions as a reflection on our constant search for a higher power – plus it’s a smooth-as-hell number you can vibe to. –Cheky
Natalia Lafourcade - "Danza de Gardenias" (ft. Los Macorinos)
Natalia Lafourcade has always had a light hand when it comes to creating her delicate, largely acoustic masterpieces, but she opts for fullness and power on her new single, “Danza de Gardenias” — the first from her upcoming album Musas Vol. 2. Lafourcade shows off the strength of her usually gauzy voice as she’s backed by a band and choir, committed to making the track an upbeat celebration. –Julyssa Lopez