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.
El Shirota - "Carreta Furacão"
Although Estado de México’s El Shirota might be known for kicking out the jams with adrenaline-pumping gusto, their latest single substitutes nervous beats for daneable grooves. Don’t worry, this is still dirty and noisy enough to spark joy in the mosh pit. –Marcos Hassan
The Red Pears - "Somehow"
Oscillating between jangle pop and indie rock, this El Monte, CA group delivers emotional and kinetic music that fades into the ether and will make you sway while you contemplate the sadness of being. –Marcos Hassan
Cuco & Dillon Francis - "Fix Me"
We live for odd pairings, but the new Dillon Francis and Cuco joint adventure sounds like it was always meant to be. The LA producer gave the Chicano indie star a lovely trap-adjacent beat, and in return, Cuco turned in an anthem for sadboys in search of romance – and something more. “Fix me, I’m a lonely boy/I wanna be your only toy.” Raise your hand if you can relate. –Cheky
Le Butcherettes - "mother/HOLDS (ft. Alice Bag)"
Riding high with the release of their new album bi/MENTAL, Le Bucherettes are once again shaking fans to their core with jagged arrangements and Teri Gender Bender’s creeping, malevolent vocals. On “mother/HOLDS,” the band has teamed up with Chicana punk matriarch Alice Bag for a song of horror and sacrifice that packs more screams than a Hitchock film, all while conjuring a melody that could get you dancing even in your nightmares. –Richard Villegas
MNKYBSNSS - "Te Busqué"
Rooted in house music, Barranquilla electronic music duo MNKYBSNSS created “Te Busqué” to chronicle a simple and danceable love story. The dreamy club track serves as the backdrop to our main character’s tale, who falls in and out of love, just as the shoegaze-like synths and vocals glide through the song. Watch out for an unexpected and fatal ending. –Cheky
Bryant Myers & Miky Woodz - "Esa No Era" ft. Myke Towers
Puerto Rican Latin trap watch – Bryant Myers and Miky Woodz just dropped Cambio de Clima, a seven-song EP nicely summed up by this defiant number. It will count as welcome antidote to anyone shocked into a sugar coma by the current wave of poppy trap romántico cuts. –Caitlin Donohue
Chaboi - "SKY HIGH BAILE"
A thirsty global bass missive from the Los Angeles Late Night Laggers producer that percolates into a high-octane party catalyst. –Caitlin Donohue
Luisa Almaguer & Tompsy aka The TBD - "Azotea"
Although Mexico City singer-songwriter Luisa Almaguer has shown a knack for heartbreaking synth pop, she shows that there’s so much more to her on “Azotea.” There’s a cumbia pulse throughout the track, yet there’s still plenty of edge and sorrow underneath this plea of desire. –Marcos Hassan
Esteman – “Solo”
Our favorite Colombian musical theater geek has released the final single ahead of his highly anticipated new album, Amor Libre, out on Valentine’s Day. “Solo” is the next step on Esteman’s evolving sonic journey, which began with a series of reggaeton and R&B-influenced singles and is now dipping into Colombian cumbia and gaita to remind fans why it’s always better to be alone than in bad company. –Richard Villegas
OSO LEONE – “Gallery Love”
Exploratory Spanish outfit OSO LEONE are back with a brand new slow jam titled “Gallery Love,” which sounds like a relaxing dip in the warmest, coziest pool of sound they could fill with their immersive chill-out energy. –Richard Villegas