Every week, we highlight some of our favorite releases in a handy list. Although we try to cover as much new music as possible, there are so many stellar releases to talk about. Consider this our genre-diverse guide to songs we have on repeat.
Ferraz - "Turista"
Since he finally started incorporating vocals into his own productions, Venezuela’s Ferraz has given us a handful of romantic R&B jams to dedicate to our significant others. “Turista” is meant to warm the heart of an indifferent lover, and it’s got enough groove and lush guitar work to do so quickly and effectively. –Cheky
Entrópica - "Housie"
Entrópica is demonstrating an unquenchable curiosity for electronic music’s endless possibilities, with every new release venturing further away from the synth pop wave that kept Chilean indie in the spotlight over the last decade. The aptly titled “Housie” finds Entrópica diving into deep house, remaking herself as a 90s club diva and presenting us with yet another compelling chapter in an evolutionary journey that started with last year’s impressively minimal NARF EP. –Richard Villegas
Little Jesus - "Los Años Maravillosos"
Setting their more lively sound aside for the time being, Mexico City’s Little Jesus are back with perhaps their most nostalgic song to date. Guitars shimmer and drums give a head-nodding thump to illuminate the mood in a warm but dim light. The band’s pop sensibilities drive this sort of soft post-hardcore track about times gone, as they plead for memories to never fade away. –Marcos Hassan
Lay - "TRAP 150 BPM"
We’ve been waiting on new music from this talented São Paulo rapper. She tides us over with another vicious trap tribute to Brazil’s powerful Black women — beat courtesy of producers Filiph Neo and Draco — set off by a street video crowned with a shot of Lay twerking royally in a crystal headdress. –Caitlin Donohue
Manitas Nerviosas - "Tu Carita Toda Hermosa"
Mexican producer Manitas Nerviosas is back with a new single titled “Tu Carita Toda Hermosa,” a rework of an exploratory deep cut called “Mighty Girl” (aka “November”) by German experimental rock band Can. Manitas Nerviosas gives this jazz-flavored classic a sinister goth makeover, transforming it into a ghostly rumination on death and our constant dance with its inevitability, accompanied by a pristine black-and-white video shot by Jaime Martínez and directed by her former Bam Bam bandmate René Rodríguez. –Richard Villegas
Linapary - "Me Tienes En Llamas"
Does this kawaii romp of a track have too cute of a vibe to express lovelorn despair? Bogotá’s Linapary and Putivuelta co-founder and producer Ynfynyt Scroll are just trying to tell you that things are never so bad that you can’t be your own adorable self. –Caitlin Donohue
Gloria Groove - "Coisa Boa"
Brazil has become a major breeding ground for gender rebellious musicians to thrive, despite the country’s tenuous and often violent relationship with its queer and trans communities. Cue Gloria Groove, a drag powerhouse on par with stars like Pabllo Vittar and Lia Clark, bringing fierce vocals and highly stylized productions to Brazilian airwaves. Her latest release, “Coisa Boa,” is a tecnobrega smash perfect for twerking in the face of the new and extremely conservative Bolsonaro government, and a healthy reminder why queer voices cannot and will not be silenced. –Richard Villegas
Los Nubes - "Justo"
“Justo” is a song with simple but meaningful lyrics. The slightly psychedelic, alternative-nodding track from this Buenos Aires outfit could easily fit on any late-career Soda Stereo album, but their mantra-like melodies and particular attention to detail make the composition its own. –Marcos Hassan
Barda & Celeste Gomez Machado - "Las Hojas Tienen Mudanza"
The slow house composition “Las Hojas Tienen Mudanza” is sure to be one of the highlights of Fértil Discos’ homage to Argentine songwriter and folk music historian Leda Valladares. There’s not a lot of fusion happening in this instrumental built by Barda, but Celeste Gómez Machado’s interpretation of the melody and lyrics connect it to a different era, creating something truly timeless. –Marcos Hassan
Jowell & Randy and Manuel Turizo - "Dile La Verdad"
Jowell & Randy and Manuel Turizo link for this early winter heater. Don’t let the bitter cold stop you from getting the perreo you need in your life. –Isabelia Herrera