5 Rising Latino Acts From Nuevo Noise, Remezcla and Spotify’s Emerging Artists Playlist

Lead Photo: Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla.
Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla.
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Nuevo Noise, Remezcla and Spotify’s collaborative playlist, is back just in time for your August rotation. Today, it returns for its sixth edition, packed with a fresh set of under-the-radar artists.

The latest edition of Nuevo Noise features gems like Nitty Scott’s defiant banger “Pxssy Powah!,” Rubio’s witchy dance track “Las Plantas,” and more.

Listen to the latest edition below, and be sure to follow the playlist on Spotify. Scroll down for a primer on five of the artists you should know from this month’s edition.

MNKYBSNSS ft. Clubz - "Enumerar"

Miguel Urina and Kike Velez are originally from Barranquilla, but headed to Buenos Aires to study music production, a move that culminated in the creation of their electronic duo MNKYBSNSS. Today, they add feather light feeling to Bogotá’s music scene, well-structured compositions that float winningly around well-planned house references. They’re joined by Monterrey’s Clubz on “Enumerar,” a track off of MNKYBSNSS’ shifting, drifting new album Timeless. The song’s soft spoken lyrics filter up like those of a disco lover singing to a bedroom window: “No hay peor momento/ No hay peor/ Qué cuando no estás tú.” That adolescent fervor is reflected by the video for “Enumerar,” directed by Buenos Aires waif noir auteur Leo Adef. The clip is part of a triad that Adef made from the songs of Timeless and follows a group of teens navigating young love and the emotional fog brought on by lab-grade drug usage, dystopia expressed through the model-perfect forms of the crew of young ones the team cast for the project.

A.CHAL - "Love N Hennessy"

Peruvian cum Los Angeleno A. Chal once said that when it comes to songwriting, he looks up to salsa deity Hector Lavoe’s penchant for street stories. Herein we see Alejandro Chal’s taste for classic bad boy profundity, and the inspiration for his narratives of casual relationships and lightweight substance abuse that lay bare the power of the profane through his team’s transformative powers. On “Love N Hennessy” A.Chal plays this trick, taking as his subject matter a relationship that only ever really clicks when clothes and sobriety bow out. Reggae chords, chilly bongos, and casually thrown shade at his partner’s main paint the picture of a man who deals with those around him as carelessly as with himself. The song is off A. Chal’s ON GAZ mixtape, which may be his strongest release so far and certainly deals most explicitly with the vocalist’s Latinidad through Spanish-threaded tracks, like on the excellent “Cuánto” featuring A$AP Nast.

Charlie ft. Stz - "Like That"

It’s the Puerto Rican California girl’s first single, but one can see the sparks Charlie is capable of throwing on her track “Like That,” hints of the energy that captured the interest of PR producer Overlord. He collaborated with her on this song, her debut single. Her flow is breathy, with only the slightest rasp that adds texture to what otherwise could have been a forgettable, if sweet, R&B duet. Lyrics are a call out to a lover who refuses to put in the emotional labor that’s required of a relationship on the road. “Stop waiting for the world to change/ Always the first to walk away,” Charlie levels. Overlord has been a key player on the burgeoning Puerto Rican trap and hip hop scene of late, and “Like That” seems like a letter of intent to dive more deeply into R&B — and perhaps portends future ventures for the beatmaker into the English language market.

Adriel ft. Jeremy Garcia - "Jevita"

This is a song to play when you need a hug — opening synth chords effectively communicate body warmth on Adriel and Jeremy Garcia’s track “Jevita.” An intricate choral assemblage layers dancehall strength vocals just under the surface of Adriel’s electronic symphony. The young producer’s prowess is growing at a time when the Dominican Republic is seeing a surge in artists drawn to genres that have less historically popular in the region. But as some have pointed out, his output does make use of the musical forms he grew up with. The strong, pulsing 2015 EP Merengue Dance Club shows that what Adriel is accomplishing runs along the same lines as his peers across the globe, processing regional music styles with modern technology to unlock sounds that sound familiar, but fresh. Those looking for more creativity from Adriel should be advised that he also moonlights as an illustrator — he’s composing a series of drawings for his upcoming singles, available for preview on his Instagram account.

Salt Cathedral - "Always There When I Need You"

Another good vibes bonanza, this track. How many songs do you get these days, after all, about a really available, “unassumingly free” lover? Brooklyn duo Salt Cathedral loves the one they’re with, with a bubbly pop track seemingly engineered for that moment when you give up on the club and slip on your headphones, en route to snuggles with your not-girlfriend. The group, originally from Colombia, does have a history of making sounds less easily digested than this easy-breezy single — check their last EP, 2014’s Oom Velt for the tranquil vibes that caused them to invest in a light system to sass up their live appearances. But on “Always There When I Need You,” vocalist Juliana Ronderos’ machinations trip lightly over percussionist Tommy Hartman’s bright beat, which when paired with recent collaborations with Matisyahu and Assassin, we’re betting will have little trouble capturing audiences’ attentions as the duo move toward the release of their debut album later this year.