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.
Bad Bunny - "Estamos Bien"
Everything is alright if you’re Bad Bunny, and he wants you to know it on his surprisingly euphoric new track “Estamos Bien,” which sees the trapero going up-tempo and loving it. Epic choral samples open the track, which unravels to let Bad Bunny launch into baritone rhymes that are almost giddy with joy: “Y si mañana me muero/Ya estoy acostumbra’o a estar siempre en el cielo.” This is El Conejo Malo living his best life and we’re here for it. –Julyssa Lopez
DJ Jigüe - "Afrosekuela"
DJ Jigüe’s new three-track EP Afrosekuela is a beautiful example of what happens when the Caribbean and Africa communicate. On the title track, the Cuban DJ and producer performs magic and teleports the heart of Afrobeats to this part of the globe. This is the sound of an Afro-Latino artist updating their roots. –Cheky
Álvaro Díaz - "La Canción de Mia (Parte 4)"
The Puerto Rican rapper, here in his glum Sadvarito mood, found inspiration in a “Nuestro Planeta” Kali Uchis sample to make this lyrically playful rap, which keeps a tear in the corner of its eye – “Me siento perdido sin my shorty como Drake sin 40, como Rick sin Morty.” Same. –Caitlin Donohue
Exploded View - "Raven Raven"
Although not a lot of time has passed since their last effort, Mexico City-based Exploded View is back and operating at a whole new level. Annika Henderson’s vocals remain hushed and charismatic, yet the music is tighter and more focused, while retaining its cold and random dissonance. “Raven Raven” is a party held at the end of the forest where trees prevent the light from coming in. –Marcos Hassan
Grenda - "Dance With Me"
Out of the tracks on Different Reasons, Grenda’s second full-length, “Dance With Me” is the one song we can fully immerse ourselves in. It’s almost as if the Tijuana-based electronic music artist spots us in the crowd – that’s right, we’re in there now – and he’s so impressed he wants to dance with us to the beat of his sparkling R&B-tinged production. –Cheky
Future Feelings - “Fall to Earth”
Mexico-based Argentine artist Future Feelings just released a disco-heavy EP titled Feel Like Honey, and in that sea of groove, the laid-back “Fall to Earth” stands out. The closing track feels like a window inside a robot’s mind – one that’s dreaming about the 60s. It’s a flower power joint that makes us want to lay on the digital grass and stare at the holographic sky. –Cheky
Mi Nave - "Confite"
At this point, we’ve had our fair share of music inspired by the sound of 80s radio, so it takes real skill for a band to create something inspired by the era that’ll actually get us excited. Luckily, Argentina’s Mi Nave balance their synth pop bounciness with jangly melancholic guitars for an instant bop. “Confite” could soundtrack any party scene in a half-forgotten John Hughes movie. –Marcos Hassan
Ozuna ft. Manuel Turizo - "Vaina Loca"
Ozuna gives Colombian newcomer Manuel Turizo a boost on this acoustic-ish reggaeton bop that’s tailor-made for radio play (and teenage daydreams). The two channel their inner Romeos as they describe a wild love, with Ozuna showing off his rapid-fire flow and Turizo punctuating each hook with his lower, throaty vocals. –Julyssa Lopez
La Plebada - "R8"
Mexico’s feeling the effects from the World Cup’s rollercoaster after this week, but you can imagine this unique neo norteña from Homegrown Entertainment’s newest pairing (La Plebada consists of HE rapper FNTXY and rapper-producer Cozy Cuz, aka Bobby Bass) soothing the nerves of certain fans of El Tri. After all, who doesn’t love their hip-hop cut with rancho? –Caitlin Donohue
j.crowe - "Zilda" (Bungalovv Remix)
Wooden flutes and plaintive percussion give a cracked nursery rhyme feel to this slow-slung, electro-tribal moment, brought to you by Buenos Aires’ experimental TRRUENO crew. –Caitlin Donohue
Ali X and Ximena and Tkuz - "Pachanga" (Nark Remix)
Mexico City producer Ximena paired with Europe’s Ali X for this cucumber-cool disco moment. After giving your best glam to this remix by Seattle’s Nark, check the driving re-do by Niño Arbol and Luzius. –Caitlin Donohue