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.
La Zowi & Bea Pelea - "Trafikantes"
La Zowi is the Posh Spice of Spanish trap, and that icey flow is having an undisputable moment of visibility, powered by recent singles with Yung Beef and Flynt Hustle. But on “Trafikantes,” she has an ideal duet partner in emergent vocalist Bea Pelea. DJ Florentino maps a beat with his trademark cyborg frictions, all in all a showcase of Eastern Hemisphere urbano mutations. -Caitlin Donohue
Anjulie & Natalia Lafourcade - “Holy Water” (ft. Phyno)
Guyanese-Canadian artist Anjulie brought Mexican diva Natalia Lafourcade out of her usual folky domains and together they wrote the sultry dembow-infected pop song “Holy Water.” This bilingual track finds the two singers embracing their sensuality, and together they give sex the healing connotation it rarely gets. Throw Nigerian MC Phyno in the mix and you have a new jam to get dirty to. -Cheky
Dylan Jesse - "911"
Get on the ground floor with Dylan Jesse, the Mexican reggaetonera who jumps out from collaborations with CDMX’s Uzielito Mix and Michael G and into her own spotlight with the highly addictive “911.” Check the video for a fire cameo from Mexico City’s influential DJ Guapis, who created the party series Trnsx and co-founded dearly departed perreo-rave Perrealismo. -Caitlin Donohue
Martox - "De Negro"
Dominican duo Martox invokes a furtive person of desire through a smooth but hazy mixture of guitars and drum machines. Practitioners of modern R&B somewhere between the Chicano psych revival and something more in tune with what’s happening in Soundcloud these days, Martox knows how to strike the right balance between sensual and sad, club-ready and bedroom intimate. “De Negro” will find you yearning for lost love as well. -Marcos Hassan
Policías y Ladrones - “Todo Bien”
Following their shoegazing single “🙂,” Tijuana foursome Policías y Ladrones are back with a new indie-pop ballad to hit you right in the feels. “Todo Bien” has a misleading title, as it leaves you with a heavy heart long after it ends. They have something important to share and sadly we never know if they get to do it or now. But oh well, todo bien. -Cheky
DJ Jigüe - “Con Ganas”
DJ Jigüe’s new single “Con Ganas,” released by Mexico City collective Onda Mundial, is a playful house track that will put a smile on your face. The Cuban producer pieces together Afro-Cuban percussion, weightless synth melodies, and a steady four-on-the-floor with such balance that, when the song ends, its title gets a new meaning, because we’re left wanting more. -Cheky
El Freaky – “Danser”
Colombian urbano collective El Freaky are back with a fiery new banger titled “Danser,” linking up with MCs Walshy Fire, Skales and Stanley Jackson for a crazy dembow-laced trip to the Caribbean and back. The track feels massive, loaded with snares, sinister synths and the powerful, party igniting bars from each powerhouse guest vocalist, ready to set dance floors a blaze from Medellin to Miami. -Richard Villegas
Kordelya – “Consentido”
LA-based rookie Kordelya is hung up on a new boo, pouring her growing obsession into a brand new track titled “Consentido.” Vibing over a tropical trap beat and laying down some cheeky bars about all the naughty bedroom things she’s been plotting, the track becomes a fall season snuggling jam perfect for playing beneath the covers. -Richard Villegas
Sundarbans – “Señales Fónicas”
Over the years we’ve come to expect a certain twee pensiveness from Sergio Silva’s releases under the whimsical Silva de Alegría moniker, but now, teaming up with his wife Alia Salo for a new project called Sundarbans, all lingering timidity has gone out the window. “Señales Fónicas” is their first joint effort, channeling swinging 1960’s psychedelic pop vibes for a bouncy track that could be right off an “Austin Powers” soundtrack. -Richard Villegas
Paula Cendejas - "Olvidate"
Up-and-coming Spanish popstar Paula Cendejas strikes again with “Olvídate,” a mathy and melodic club banger made possible with help from countryman Alizzz. While music about getting over somebody is plentiful, Cendejas makes such an anthem sound fresh, with the narrator of the song finding freedom and good fortune after the breakup, while reassuring that she doesn’t need that person in her life anymore. The feelings are filtered through the hazy smoke of a night out where everything’s possible. -Marcos Hassan
Sonido Berzerk - "Oshun"
The orisha of the same name from the Yoruba religion is invoked for most of this new offering by Veracruz, Mexico-based future bass proponent Sonido Berzerk, and the track functions as a blessing that resembles the sacred spirit in question. The brief electronic track immerses itself in Afro-Caribbean atmospheres while the music strikes a balance between delicate synth melodies and heavy drumming for something unique. “Oshun” bangs in all forms. -Marcos Hassan
Vera Nois - "Mamtramvera"
Somewhere between the ‘80s glossy pop and the ‘00s revival of ‘80s glossy pop, you will find Argentina’s Vera Nois, something like a familiar song that might recall an era that made brand new diamonds from coal of nostalgia. “Mamtramvera” recalls the age of Madonna as well as the proto-bloghouse music of the previous decade; it’s almost like you can hear the cracked computer recording program in the edges of the track. Vera Nois doesn’t tie herself in multiple timelines, though; there’s enough universality in her melodicism that will keep you glued to your speaker. -Marcos Hassan