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.
Karol G - "Pineapple"
Karol G has been on a steady ascent in the urbano world since her breakthrough album Unstoppable dropped last year, and her career’s been bolstered by collabs with Quavo, Major Lazer, and Bad Bunny. Now, she adds a partnership with J Balvin producer Sky to her roster, and the two team up for a lush, snaking track called “Pineapple.” The production shows off Sky’s stock and trade, with scaled-back loops and a slim, syncopating beat that gives Karol’s voice the space to soar. –Julyssa Lopez
Boundary ft. Cult Exciter - "De Mi Ser"
Listening to 17-year-old Dominican beatmaker Boundary’s masterful production work on “De Mi Ser” makes us hopeful for the next generation. His collaboration with L.A.-based duo Cult Exciter lifts you up and up until you touch the clouds, and when it reaches that swooning half-time finale, you’ll gleefully descend in slow motion. What are kids eating these days? –Cheky
duendita - "i'ma get you"
“This isn’t about good men or bad men; I’m talking about a societal hatred for women.” With those words, velvet-voiced Queens singer duendita launches into a stunning song that is both a gorgeous example of soulful, deconstructed R&B and a profound – and poetic –account of the sacrifices women make navigating relationships mired with misogyny. duendita’s hushed vocal techniques and experimental production, full of beautiful imbalances and surprising gaps, skips, and scratches, show off her distinct and always candid artistry. –Julyssa Lopez
Los Mundos - "Rompe Tu Guitarra"
Breaking a guitar onstage is the ultimate act of rock defiance, an expression of violence where only a piece of wood and strings gets hurt. On their new single, Mexico’s Los Mundos urge you to listen to the gods of rock and give in to smashing your instrument. But the song is all psych, mellow vibes and monotone, harmonious vocals, kind of like saying, “You know? It would be chill if you want to break your ax, dude.” –Marcos Hassan
Sticky M.A. - "Humo y Alcohol" ft. Jerv.AGZ and C.Tangana
808 Mafia’s Steve Lean has crafted a blurry entry in the catalog of Agorazein‘s Sticky M.A., featuring a verse from “Mala Mujer” smoothie C. Tangana. Grab your wolf pack, make sure you’re stocked for the weekend — this track will push you to new levels of swerve. –Caitlin Donohue
Brigitte Laverne - "Can't Take It No More"
Equipped with an army of warbling synths, Barcelona’s Brigitte Laverne singlehandedly creates exactly the right backdrop for a cosmic 80s pillow fight on the brilliantly layered “Can’t Take It No More.” Her catchy, singsongy repetition collides with more jagged tones for a track that somehow brings ominous darkwave and sparkly dream-pop into a thrilling marriage. –Julyssa Lopez
Easy Easy - "Threeeyes"
It’s always tricky when a band changes its vocalist, but Guatemala’s Easy Easy has managed to do so successfully. Jesse Baez handed the baton over to Sofía Insua, who sings about seeing right through her lover’s lies but also past them on “Threeeyes.” –Cheky
El Último Vecino - "Un Secreto Mal Guardado"
El Último Vecino’s new single is the next step in their journey towards making the perfect pop song. Their signature sped-up jangly sound is all over “Un Secreto Mal Guardado,” a song that urges us to deal with the fact we all have someone who knows the secrets we hold deep inside us. –Cheky
Catana - "Pillalo" (feat. Brick & Dirtyfingaz)
The Chilean trap universe is vast, and in this galaxy we have slightly space-y echoes and a cocky as hell verse from rising emcee Catana. She’s giving you royal vibes — the track comes off her Qween C EP. –Caitlin Donohue
Lao & WWINGS - Untitled Tracks EP
The mysterious trio of Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet blend their trademark notes of doom with Lao’s formational NAAFI production collage tactics in this two-pack of nameless tracks. Liner notes give a shout out to “decentralized networks, the new collective imaginary dream.” –Caitlin Donohue