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.
August Eve - "You Already Know"
On her lovelorn new single “You Already Know,” Augest Eve does retro cool as only Angelenos can. Over a minimal Cocteau Twins-meets-The Ronettes production, the LA native pours her heart out like a non-toxic version of Lana del Rey playing a David Lynch-themed prom. It’s pretty deadly stuff. –Beverly Bryan
Snow tha Product - "Bilingue"
Claudia Alexandra Feliciano’s rapid fire flow digs into the dualities of being Chicana in 2019 via a track that flips between languages so crisply, it will come across as a challenge or cause for celebration. The song and video as a package does a lot, positioning stereotypical concha and Hot Cheeto tropes alongside Snow’s at-times political toasting, including a “ni de aquí, ni de allá” reference to the textured identity challenges of multi-generational movement. –Caitlin Donohue
J. Patron - "Mi Medicina (Molly Water)"
J. Patron’s Deltatron-produced EP My American Dream & Colombian Fantasy is a solid block of neo-perreo goodness, but “Mi Medicina (Molly Water)” is the standout by a nose. The way it fully submerges dembow in glowing neon-trap sonics fits the chemically inspired lyrics like shrink wrap, while adding that certain extra kick of euphoria. –Beverly Bryan
Los Mundos - "Subterráneo Mar Jurásico"
The Monterrey stoner psych unit known as Los Mundos are gearing up to release a new album called Calor Central and if the first single is any indication, we’re in for a monstrously epic ride. The nine-plus minutes of “Subterráneo Mar Jurásico” pack a brontosaurus-sized riff rocker in the first part only to transition into a motorik drum beat along with some riffs your hard rocking uncle would lovingly approve of. This song will bring back gnarly vans depicting airbrushed battles between wizards and dragons. –Marcos Hassan
Porter - "Hombre Máquina"
With a robotic beat and spikey synths, Porter’s “Hombre Máquina” tells a tale of alienation. The industrial-lite synth-pop song introduces us to Sergio, a man who gets wrapped in pleasure and conformity to the point of forgetting the most important things in life. At least, until he snaps out of it and then… we’re left hanging. Hopefully we’ll get more answers in the band’s upcoming duo of EPs. – Cheky
Valesuchi & ótimoKaráter - "A Outra"
While the tracks Valesuchi’s new split EP with Brazilian producer ótimoKaráter date back to September 2016, they are finally seeing light of day and beaming like a memory that’s a little blurry but still fresh. “A Outra” represents this feeling well, with its lo-fi aesthetics and easy groove. It’s the sound of two friends kicking it, forgetting about all the problems in the world as time slips by. –Cheky
PEDRO - "Rapazes"
On “Rapazes,” the latest preview of his upcoming debut album, Portuguese producer PEDRO keeps the spirit of Buraka Som Sistema alive. The explosive kuduro track samples the now-defunct band’s song “Vem Curtir,” and together with some breathy flute melodies, it charms our hips like snakes and makes them do things we didn’t know were possible. –Cheky
Montecarlo 88 - "Un - dos - tres"
This Mexican supergroup trio featuring members of Childs, Cholula Dans Division, and The Phoenix Flowers has awakened from its slumber to grace us with a mini album of heady rock music. Unlike the krautrock-worship displayed on their earlier singles, “Un – dos – tres” strives for ‘80s soundtrack supremacy, like Vangelis scoring a car chase scene while trying to write the hookiest song in the next galaxy over. Someone get them a neo-noir movie to soundtrack, stat! –Marcos Hassan
Dewitt Sound - "Lover"
The crew over at upstart label Monte Hood is low-key dropping R&B fire, and audiences across Mexico are starting to take note. Newcomer DeWitt Sound released a new song called “Lover” this week, featuring label mates Javier Cali, Pedro Honda and Serlöf, with everyone assembling for an early-Spring bop perfect for slow dancing with your boo over the weekend.–Richard Villegas
Mackie - "Me Provocas"
In his early 21st century releases alongside musical partner Yaga, Mackie helped usher in a new era of swooning, romantic reggaeton. Now in his solo career, the Puerto Rican vocalist — older brother to half of another famous PR duo, Zion — is still sliding up and down scales, giving you perreo with flowers behind its back. A high-saturated video that smacks of pop art influences raises the bar on animated panty dropping. –Caitlin Donohue
Mabe Fratti – "Todo Lo Que Querías Saber"
Guatemalan singer-songwriter and cellist Mabe Fratti has released a gauzy new song called “Todo Lo Que Querías Saber, ” the first cut from her upcoming album Pies Sobre La Tierra. The evocative track brims with noise distortion and soaring angelic vocals, but Fratti’s unmistakable cello skills set the tempo for the overall piece, one heavy pluck and melancholy strum at a time. –Richard Villegas