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.
Ilse Hendrix – "Dance"
Mexican singer-songwriter Ilse Hendrix has been making waves for a few years, first as an earnest and laidback storyteller and most recently as a sultry dance floor diva. With her new single “Sentir,” Hendrix has unveiled the cherry topper of her new EP of the same name; a sexy, Spanglish swirl of R&B, house, and soaring vocals that will hypnotize your hips and ring in your ears for days to come. –Richard Villegas
Pilar Victoria - "Space Song"
Houston-based, Argentine singer-songwriter Pilar Victoria may be all of 14 years old, but that doesn’t stop her from spinning out tales of emotional miasma that can appeal to shut-ins of adult age. Let her speak to your own “feelings in a jar” through this track–the first hint at her upcoming debut EP. –Caitlin Donohue
Alina - "Sigue Ahí"
The New York City-based rapper is back with “Sigue Ahí,” a jam for socially-distanced backyard parties. Though she just has a handful of released songs, she has already proved herself to be one of the momiviemento’s rising stars. Keep an eye out for what’s next. –Joel Moya
Aida Rojas - "Refugios"
Venezuelan artist Aida Rojas’ new single “Refugios” is her first in three years, and it comes after experiencing a creative explosion that made her fall back in love with making music. That’s probably why the energetic dream-pop song overflows with emotion, a refuge Rojas calls us to inhabit while we let our bodies let loose with movement. Don’t miss it’s charming music video, which is a homemade tribute to honest friendship. –Cheky
Charles Rojas – "Plans Fall Through"
Look, we all had plans for 2020, but a little phenomenon called Coronavirus had other plans. However, as Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Charles Rojas eloquently expresses on his new single “Plans Fall Through,” our ongoing cultural reset has also given us a newfound appreciation for staying home with our significant other and a refreshing bottle of wine. Shout outs to Matthew McConaughey romantic comedies and couch cuddles abound, all while funky bass lines build to a delightfully intimate house party. –Richard Villegas
Andrés Arzate - "Esperar"
With his latest single, Mexican producer and singer-songwriter Andrés Arzate made an accidental anthem for these COVID-19 times. Originally inspired by the long, tedious wait that comes with running errands in a government office, “Esperar” transforms this familiar frustration into a bright, dancey indie-pop track we can easily relate to, and it fits like a glove in our current global situation, where it seems all we do is wait. –Cheky
DJ Python - "Rosada"
Dengue Dengue Dengue is launching a new label to lift up Latinx electronic projects’ worth, and their first release is a compilation featuring new tracks by some brilliant producers. A highlight comes from the mind of NY’s DJ Python who delivers a minimalistic track that skews to the side of calmness despite a beat that does it’s best to get a groove on. Deeply melodic and layered, “Rosada” is a pensive number perfect for the autumn weather approaching us. –Marcos Hassan
Selvagia - "Imanes"
Afro-Peruvian rhythms are explored at the speed of 160bpm in this invigorating track masterminded by producer Erick Del Aguila and percussionist Alex Acuña. Visuals shot in Callao, Peru’s Cemetario La Regla invite its spirits to join the dance. –Caitlin Donohue
Ariel & The Culture – "Dame Tu Amor"
As a collective, Dallas crew Ariel & The Culture gained heavy local buzz over the past few years thanks to a string of hyper cool soul and funk singles. However, a new day has dawned and band founder Jason Bobadillo is taking the project solo, unveiling a new sound and creative direction with single “Dame Tu Amor.” Although it’s his first Spanish-language track, “Dame Tu Amor” retains the funkiness of previous Ariel & The Culture cuts, this time centering cumbia as the percussive backbone and turning the experience into a guapachoso, yet psychedelic love jam. –Richard Villegas
Orieta Chrem - "Búho"
Juke and footwork sounds are built into a structure fit to render homage to the wisest-repped nocturnal avian in this second single via Lima label Matraca, off producer Orieta Chrem’s Totems EP. –Caitlin Donohue
Madame Gandhi - "Waiting For Me" (Riobamba Remix)
Visions, the acclaimed 2019 EP by Madame Gandhi, has now received a complete remix overhaul from the likes of Sarah Farina, Arushi, Drik Barbosa, and more, but it’s Riobamba who kicks off Visions Remixed with all the fire. Riobamba flipped the script and turned “Waiting For Me” into a moombahton-like club banger that accentuated Madame Gandhi’s call to dismantle institutionalized power structures, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. –Cheky
Ayo Tamz, Lukro, JoniF - "Feelin Myself"
Despite parties being almost non-existing in 2020, Lima, Perú’s Matraca is having a banner year. The label hasn’t slowed down to provide us with bangers for everyone who misses partying until the morning. This week, Ayo Tamz delivers an empowering anthem that emphasizes female sexuality; her proclamations delivered on top of an instrumental that mixes classic house feelings with future bass vibes that manage to be seductive in the best ways possible. –Marcos Hassan
EUS - "Aire"
Ambient music often makes good on its name, becoming another fixture of the scenery–a soundtrack to a place rather than an action. Costa Rica’s EUS makes ambient music that feels like epic movie scenes. The slowly evolving track layers sounds and melodies to climax into an emotional catharsis–a slow climb that pays off once you reach the summit; and when it climbs down, you get a feeling like you just witnessed something beautiful. –Marcos Hassan