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Nuevo Noise Acts Los Walters, Balún & NOIA Share Their Upcoming Latinx Artist Picks

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla

As we’re gearing up for our very first Nuevo Noise showcase in partnership with Brooklyn’s Elsewhere venue on November 8, it seemed a perfect time for concertgoers and playlist followers alike to learn know more about the event’s featured artists. You met them earlier this month: there’s synth-pop Bori-duo Los Walters, the dreamy perreo pals of Balún, Barcelona’s avant-electronica act NOIA, and DJ crew Rosa Perreo, all of whom you’ll get to hear more from at the show. But in the spirit of all things Nuevo Noise — our one-stop shop designed to develop new Latinx artists since launching this July — each artist wrote in to Remezcla to share some of their favorite up-and-coming Latinx acts today.

Their picks range from production-heavy reggaeton mixes to caribbean electronica. We’re excited to share their selections with you, especially since they fit right in with the Nuevo Noise ethos to elevate Latinx artists within their careers.

Sharing is also what makes our partnership with Elsewhere special: at next week’s show, a percentage of all ticket proceeds will benefit Elsewhere’s art program Landscape, which highlights other emerging local and international visual artists by giving them the space to create and display their work at the venue.

If you want to join the Nuevo Noise movement and lift up new artists, you can still purchase your tickets here.

In the meantime, catch up on the artists’ picks below.

Los Walters' Pick: Kelman Duran

Kelman Duran! He’s Dominican, makes very modern reggaeton mixes. I think Kelman Duran brings a fairly refreshing and new sound. He uses fantastic elements when mixing and also maintains the purity of the classic reggaeton that we like so much. That said, he’s our neighbor in the Republic and it’s never too much to listen to what is happening there. It’s still very new, and it takes time to get a taste for it, but it is the future of reggaeton!”

Balún's Pick: DJ Python

“Balún is excited about the work of NYC-based electronic artist DJ Python. His deep reggaetón and dembow beats are filled with a percussive approach that makes a dense but still danceable sonic fabric. We definitely see some similarities between Balún and Python’s production work, particularly on his treatment of melodic lines, his approach to re-imagining dembow and on the moody and dark character of the tracks of his latest release ‘Derretirse.’ We’re fans and would love to jam with Python on a dreamy and synth heavy track.”

NOIA's Pick: Maria Arnal

“I’m excited about the new Maria Arnal record coming in 2020. She’s an amazing artist from Barcelona deeply rooted in tradition but pushing forward music ideas. Her content is all about history, community and social commentary.”