We are living through an era where more music is available to us than ever – whether it be via social media, streaming, or apps. But despite this wealth of options, it can be difficult to cut through the industry hype, the homogenizing algorithms, and find something new and exciting.
In our weekly Nuevo Noise playlist, you’ll find some of our favorite releases of the week – from the most exciting new names in urbano, to the burgeoning SoCal neo-Chicano soul wave, and everything in between.
Jarina de Marco - “Knockout”
On her latest EP, Malcriada, Jarina De Marco delivers on the earworm electropop that’s landed her hooks on shows like this summer’s Euphoria. The EP includes “Knockout,” a thumping, reggae-infused feminist track that puts women on top — and ready to fight any “fool who don’t know how to act.” -Jenzia Burgos
Kelman Durán - “TEGO”
This week, Dominican-American producer Kelman Durán quietly self-released a 13-track collection of experimental reggaeton tracks titled 6AM, which picks up where he left off on his lauded 2018 album 13th Month. “TEGO” is a demented flip of Tego Calderón’s “Dando Break,” turning the Boricua rapper into an enraged god sent to destroy the club. -Cheky
Conjunto Papa Upa - “El Secreto Del Metalero”
Like the protagonist of the lyrics of this song, Conjunto Papa Upa reveals complexities that might go unnoticed on first listen. The project led by Venezuelan musician Alex Figueira add spices from different African and the Caribbean countries to this digital psych cumbia blend, making an alien yet delightful stew of rhythm and fun. “El Secreto Del Metalero” talks about one headbanger who can’t resist the urge to step into the dancefloor and get down with plenty of candela and I suspect many other rock-oriented might follow the lead. -Marcos Hassan
Mariana Montenegro – “Reprimiendo”
In the year since foundational Chilean indie pop duo Dënver disbanded, both Milton Mahan and Mariana Montenegro have embarked on fascinating, completely disparate solo careers. Montenegro continues teasing her upcoming solo debut with yet another Alejandro Paz-produced 90s house gem titled “Reprimiendo,” an anthem of emancipation from the naysayers, haters and toxic forces trying to hold her back. However, as we all know, there is no such thing as keeping a good diva down. -Richard Villegas
Djs Pareja - "Mistic"
This four track EP release from the longtime Buenos Aires producer duo, released by San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem, is enough to make you believe again in the global supremacy of queer techno pop. Single “Mistic” plunges dancers into glittering waves of roiling synth beat. -Caitlin Donohue
Flynt Hustle - "Big Ola"
Rapper Flynt Hustle flies between the bilingual grasa of group Los Hijos de Mayo and collaborations with the Spanish DIY urbano kingdom of La Vendición Record. His latest single – a followup to his La Zowi collaboration “Putas” – lays his energetic flow over a melodic bedtime story of a trap beat. -Caitlin Donohue
Angelo Reeves - “Propuesta”
After cutting his teeth as a DJ and graphic designer, Medellin-based Venezuelan artist Angelo Reeves is finally readying his debut solo EP on Point Records, which he’s now previewing with “Propuesta.” On this beachy baby-making song, Reeves borrows a sensuous beat from Afro-pop and reminisce of a transcendental intimate encounter with a Caribbean woman that he wants to replicate. -Cheky
ESCHICANO - "Palomita Blanca" (feat. Boi Jeanius)
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to pin down Chicago-based enfant terrible ESCHICANO, with releases constantly summersaulting from hip-hop to reggaeton and now cumbia. For his latest single “Palomita Blanca,” featuring DJ and producer Boi Jeanius, ESCHICANO pays tribute to the cumbia romantica greats while adding an experimental rebajado twist to keep things fresh and nimble. -Richard Villegas
Alien Tango - “Take Ur Time”
“Take Ur Time” is a breakneck genre-defying track that blends indie rock, Caribbean sounds, chiptune, experimental pop, psychedelia and folky breaks, and it was recorded by only one person, Alien Tango mastermind Aitite. It’s a dizzying but exhilarating ride that ends too soon, making us want to hop on it right back again. -Cheky
Brainstory - “Sorry”
By pressing play on “Sorry” you immediately agree to let go of your head’s free will, letting it bump along to the beat of the track as long as it keeps getting repeated plays. After two EPs on Chicano Batman’s El Relleno Records, Brainstory move up with cult label Big Crown and deliver a banger. What seems like sample fodder for a thousand and one hip-hop classics, “Sorry” accentuates everything exciting about jazz, soul, and easy-going funk to make it new and heartfelt. -Marcos Hassan
Karol Conká, Gloria Groove, Linn da Quebrada - "Alavancô"
Brazilian femme powerhouses Karol Conká, Linn da Quebrada and Gloria Groove have linked up for an uplifting new anthem of social resistance titled “Alavancô.” With production helmed by studio madman Boss In Drama, the tango, funk and hip-hop fusion was conceived for Conká’s upcoming performance at Rock In Rio, – a gargantuan platform where she will entertain tens of thousands and promote a message of unity and empowerment in the face of growing political oppression. -Richard Villegas
Turning Torso - “Amoeba”
Washes of synths suggest both an ethereal escape to another dimension where you can lie down in clouds of neon pink while astral projecting a part of yourself to a packed goth-leaning party for some banging techno workout. This experimental electronic producer from Mexico City knows exactly how to push the club aesthetics and letting himself loose to explore uncharted territory, taking the listener with him to those unlighted corners and making them feel at home, “Amoeba” being a prime example of this. 12-inch PVC boots optional. -Marcos Hassan