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.
MC Buzzz - “Maluco” (ft. Di-Meh)
Before debuting on Mixpak with Baile de Rua, his upcoming second mixtape, Brasil-born Barcelona rapper MC Buzzz (formerly known as MC Buseta) dropped a multilingual banger titled “Maluco.” The collaborative track with Switzerland’s Di-Meh features raunchy lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and its trap-infected funk carioca beat is an instant dance floor smasher we can’t wait to hear in the club. -Cheky
Trillones & Mary Chan - “Ninja Way”
Over the years, Mexicali producer Trillones has become synonymous with textured, cerebral dance music, but an upcoming project with scrappy newcomer Mary Chan is pushing Mexico’s big daddy of desert raving and meme curation to finally cut loose behind the decks. “Ninja Way” is kooky otaku perreo of the highest ilk, with production influenced by chiptune, neoperreo, and anime samples that create a kooky canvas for Mary Chan’s own effervescent nerdiness to shine and thrill. -Richard Villegas
DJ Bitman - “Para Ti” featuring Ceaese
Nacional Records’ José Antonio Bravo a.k.a. DJ Bitman is a Santiago stalwart — the producer has been around for decades, forming part of groups like Bitman & Roban and featuring his hip-hop stylings in Chile’s most massive fests. Here he taps fellow Chilean, trapero Ceaese, for a reggaeton moment hanging on Far East wind notes. -Caitlin Donohue
Pamela Rodriguez - “Kintsugi”
Inspired by the Japanese art of repairing pottery using gold, “Kintsugi” is Peruvian songstress Pamela Rodriguez’s first piece of music in two years, and it’s so precious we’re getting teary-eyed. Backed by a stunning array of string instruments, and joined by her older daughter and her little friends on vocals, the song makes us reflect on how we hide our life scars instead of wearing them proudly. -Cheky
Sticky M.A. & Steve Lean - “Shooters”
Former PXXR GVNG buddies Sticky M.A. and Steve Lean meet once again to bring us a modern-day tale of impossible love named “Shooters.” Lean brewed a dreamy trap beat and Sticky M.A. poured his auto-tuned heart out over it, rapping about a forbidden woman he’s willing to fight against the world for. -Cheky
Policías y Ladrones - "☺”
After the release of their breezy garage debut Flores in 2016, Tijuana rockers Policías y Ladrones fell into an unexpected creative stasis, which they’ve thankfully begun to break with some laidback new singles. Their latest slice of garage goodness is “☺,” a beachy and surprisingly mellow jam to soundtrack the final days of your indie summer. As the emoji title perfectly expresses, the track oozes a sort of comfy familiarity, drawing the listener deeper into the waters of their gauzy guitars and unassuming vocals. -Richard Villegas
Guaxe - “Desafio Do Guaxe”
Most of “Desafio Do Guaxe” is defined by a backward acoustic guitar, which gives the track a heavy mind-bending vent. Considering Guaxe features Dino Almeida of Boogarins fame, you wouldn’t be surprised about the direction this project takes, but the melodically sampledelic track will have your head swirling into the stars in very different way, and leave you feeling strangely fine about it. -Marcos Hassan
Carrion Kids - “Ritalín”
This is an anthem for ADD drugs that does it justice with music that is frenetic and fun, yet layered enough to keep you on your toes. There’s a grunginess to the Mexico City’s quartet’s approach to garage rock that somehow freshens up their straight rocking ways. This will have you pogoing into your walls like a demented little demon. -Marcos Hassan
Rubens Da Selva - “Aquiles Rockefeller”
On the opening track of his debut album, Rubens Da Selva (Mustache & Os Apaches, Mescalines, Os Barbapapas), puts forth a simple idea in complex form. Simple chords and melodies swarm around a hip-shaking beat that conjures images of Northern Africa and the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, as horns, strings and guitars solo on top of one another with rich harmonic freedom. The result from this Sao Paulo musician is something relaxing yet polyphonic, a transmission of meditation and trance from another dimension that resembles a Brazilian summer. -Marcos Hassan
DJ Ranking - "Fulminación"
CDMX collective Hypersonics has been building out its dark club stylings for the past year or so — to get a sense of what its working with, check this hella alert track from local producer DJ Rankng. It comes off the three-track collection also featuring OMAAR and El Irreal Veintiuno that the group put out to hype their lineup from this past week’s party at Colonia Condesa’s Bar Oriente. -Caitlin Donohue
Chekesito - "Se Jodio"
A special delivery straight from the Mexican perreo under; 21 year old DJ Chekesito doesn’t smooth the edges on this maliante flow. Check his past appearance on Rosa and Pistola and Catalonian emcee La Tiguerita’s 2019 mixtape for more mamarre. -Caitlin Donohue
Point Decster - “Sunblast”
If you’re of a certain age, I’m sure that the delicate yet tough sounds that Point Decster specialize in will bring you back memories of tight jeans and flat irons. But looking past the dissonant chords, rhythmic and melodic vocals and kinectic drumming will reveal that there’s nothing nostalgic about the Mexico City post-hardcore outfit; their dextrous, complex and melodic music is as timeless as the emotions they portray. -Marcos Hassan