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.
Consider this your genre-diverse guide to the most exciting releases from rising Latinx artists each week. Follow our Nuevo Noise playlist featuring these tracks and more on Spotify or Apple Music.
The Marías - “Ruthless”
Every The Marías song is like a perfume that gently invades us and quickly make us surrender to its captivating features. “Ruthless,” however, hides hints of a secret ingredient in its fragrance: danger. What sounds like an ethereal song of seduction is actually an invitation to get busy under the sheets. But don’t jump the gun just yet; enjoy the foreplay first. -Cheky
Diamante Eléctrico - “Solo Tú, Dueles”
Following their 2018 album Buitres, Colombian threesome Diamante Eléctrico have now brought Dominican singer/songwriter Vicente García into their equation for their new single “Solo Tú, Dueles.” García brings his Caribbean twang to the band’s smoky, bluesy pop-rock tune, and together, they crawl at the feet of a love interest even though all the signs warn them the relationship has ended. It hurts, even for us. -Cheky
Gianluca - “Flotando”
Chilean trap prodigy Gianluca has finally hit the dance floor with fresh new reggaeton banger “Flotando.” It’s exciting to see the rising star having some much deserved fun behind the mic, given his brooding catalogue of sad boy anthems. -Richard Villegas
Nima Ikki - “Ningún Gatito Nos Es Ajeno”
On first listen, Nima Ikki’s music ticks all the right boxes that make ambient such a fulfilling genre. Sustained airy synth chords, gentle rhythms, and ethereal voices make up the walls of “Ningún Gatito Nos Es Ajeno,” but the emotion that goes into the sounds of the Mexican electronic producer develop into an abstract but evocative narrative of sorts, like visions of lovely memories coming to life out of thin air. -Marcos Hassan
Yelram Selectah - "Wepa"
“Wepa” brings in Buena Vista Social Club samples to sweeten a cascading jock jam, really only one of my favorites off of Mexican producer Yelram Selectah’s ignition of a six track EP, Latin 808. -Caitlin Donohue
Kelman Durán + Mess Kid - “No You”
DR’s Kelman Durán paired up with Latvia-via-Detroit producer Mess Kid to create a four-track EP called Two Suns, which drops on September 13 through Point Records. They both excel in making ambient music danceable (or is it the other way around?) and so it shows on “No You,” whose looped vocals and spacious synths send us in an introspective trance, making everything and everyone on the dancefloor disappear. -Cheky
Montecarlo 88 - “Infinitesimal Colour Gradations”
While Montecarlo 88 might be best known for their heart-pounding kraut jams, with their latest single “Infinitesimal Colour Gradations,” the Cholula-based trio are taking on atmospheric ambient production to deliver a sublime, soul-bearing musical prayer. -Richard Villegas
Las Cosas Temporales - “Sally”
The current wave of neo-psychedelic music usually features guitars that twist themselves into wavy sheets of sound, but Mexico City’s Las Cosas Temporales take a different route to warp your mind. “Sally” has the aforementioned guitars, notable especially during the closing moments of the track, but somehow they approach a mutant synthpop vibe, aided by dreamy, melodic vocals that will take you over to a warm dimension very similar to our own. -Marcos Hassan
Lizz - "Chacal" (Tytokush remix)
A creeper from Santiago’s trap princess, Lizz pulled in Chilean producer for this slow drip freak flag – one of six remixes for “Chacal” that the DJ and vocalist dropped this week. – Caitlin Donohue
Daniela Spalla - “Te Veo A La Salida”
Daniela Spalla’s “Te Veo A La Salida” is a cocktail of modernized 80s songwriting set to propel you out of your seat. Inevitably reminiscing of vintage pop hits like “Gloria,” Spalla’s new single tells a tale of a love that can’t be kept secret anymore, regardless of what people may think. And from the way the song resolves, it sounds like we have a happy ending. -Cheky
Coiffeur - “Artesanías”
Argentine indie pop legend Coiffeur has been releasing a series of high octane singles ahead of his forthcoming album, which will complete his transformation from scrappy folk upstart to neon-loving synthpop ringmaster. His latest single is “Artesanías,” an effervescent break up anthem about the monuments we build in our relationships and our fear or losing it all in the end. -Richard Villegas
Los Marrones - “La Presa”
Chances are that you don’t get enough vintage Maldita Vecindad in your regular listening schedule, so to remedy that you can get behind “La Presa,” a fresh and energetic track from young Lima outfit Los Marrones. Here you get the collision of cumbia, merengue, rock, and rap; getting things going in style for the duration of the song. The essence of La Maldita is also present in the lyrics, signaling the coming of a new generation of hybrid storytellers. -Marcos Hassan
Pobvio, Lila Tirando a Violeta, El Plvybxy & Rattlesnake - "Mata Tool"
This is what you get when four out-of-the-box producers link in Montevideo for polyrhythmic aural projecting under the auspices of Uruguayan collective Salviatek. Sounds of the jungle fist-pound altered vocals and a strangely danceable beat on “Mata Tool.” Not-very-fun fact: the group dedicated the track to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s repugnant quest to sell off the land of the country’s indigenous people.