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.
Oddó - "Trampa"
Within Chile’s adventurous indie scene, Oddó is often regarded as a chameleon – someone who’s unafraid of bouncing back and forth between pop and reggaeton. But his latest release, “Trampa,” feels like his biggest leap yet. From the jump, the track’s head-turning production harkens to early 2000s electroclash, later morphing into brash and deeply satisfying dembow reminiscent of the breakneck key change in El Alfa’s now iconic verse on Bad Bunny’s “La Romana.” While completely out of left field, “Trampa” is impeccably fresh. Oddó continues to keep fans on their toes. –Richard Villegas
Las Robertas - "Together Outrageously"
On “Together Outrageously,” San Juan, Costa Rica’s guitar icons Las Robertas get their rocks off with some riffing goodness. But this doesn’t represent a departure as much as it is a reassurance of the band’s identity. Their slightly ethereal melodies give “Together Outrageously” a mixture of drive and tranquility that feels unique. It just rocks – as only Las Robertas can. –Marcos Hassan
Yawners - "La Escalera"
Yawners have established themselves as a band that knows how to write a righteous hook and match it with a driving guitar riff. For “La Escalera,” the Madrid band’s melodic tendencies dovetail squarely into irresistible power pop, and their riffs land somewhere between post-hardcore and grunge, which makes for a combustive match. –Marcos Hassan
Nikola - "Sur"
On her new Kulebra EP, Santo Domingo’s Nikola exudes a tender sensibility fueled by understated Afro-Dominican rhythms, jazz, pop, and soul. Closing track “Sur” is a nighttime affair in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, where every conga hit breathes a salty breeze, and the singer’s coos create a force field around us that deflects bad vibes coming in our direction. –Cheky
Kali Mutsa - "Casita De Merengue"
Chilean indie pop mystic Kali Mutsa is ushering in a new era of irreverent musical mélange with her latest single “Casita De Merengue,” enlisting the production skills of Bodega Island’s Lael Llaverias to take fans through a wormhole from the Andes to the Caribbean. Over blazing tamboras and a bassline so heavy it could crush Superman’s frame, Kali Mutsa’s surreal vocals swirl in a wall of sound that feels distinctly familiar, even if her rapid-fire delivery is out of another dimension. –Richard Villegas
Angelo Reeves - "Space Cadet" (Spanish Remix)
Spanish-language reworks of Metro Boomin never sounded so good. Venezuelan rapper Angelo Reeves steps in for Gunna, unfurling a beautifully structured trap flow for VCO Records, a purveyor of Venezuelan urbano sounds since 2017. –Caitlin Donohue
NILLO - "Procesión"
Stripping most of the electronic elements of the Costa Rican producer’s modern take on deep Amazonian music, “Procesión” is NILLO’s version of a welcome to the jungle. He conjures the spirits of old, asking to borrow their music and reinvent it. The result is a missing link between trance rhythms from the past and the hypnotic thumping of contemporary club music. –Marcos Hassan
The Plastics Revolution - "Cámara Lenta"
Mexico City sextet The Plastics Revolution has dropped their latest EP, Supermundos, which includes “Cámara Lenta,” featuring Little Jesus’ Sant and Chimo. Here, they wrap us in a gentle psych-pop haze, inviting us to slow things down so we can see the opportunities we’re missing and seize them. We just need to look around and pay attention. –Cheky
Hello Seahorse! - “Incendio”
Days away from their return to the Vive Latino stage, Hello Seahorse! share the first cut from their long-awaited sixth studio album Disco Estimulante. “Incendio” is a spacey dance-rock number in which singer Denise Gutiérrez invokes fire as a metaphor for rebirth, reminding us that it’s up to us to change what we can and start anew. –Cheky
Usted Señálemelo - “Pastizal”
Argentine indie pop has never disappointed, and the latest buzzy band is Usted Señálemelo. On their new Tweety González-produced single “Pastizal,” the trio nods to the legacy of 80s rock argentino while keeping things fresh and irresistible. The song will make you feel like you’re floating on the ocean without knowing where the current will take you, but at least the ride will be smooth. –Cheky
NNOA ft. Abraxa - "Bloodrave"
“Bloodrave” sounds a bit like someone taking a bat to ice castles. Texas Majía label co-founder Panch put his alias Abraxa to work, disassociating in the studio with Majía rookie NNOA, the same expert pairing that brought you the smashing “Artículo” from NON’s 2018 Worldwide Compilation. –Caitlin Donohue
Psuedo - "Loco"
This track’s title is apt enough – an invitation by the Mexico City producer to connect synapses to the interlude’s fast-spinning orbit, by turns hip-swinging and fist-pumping. “Loco” was released by CDMX collective T.A.U., a key follow for those looking to stay on top of the dark club tornado that takes the capital as its eye. –Caitlin Donohue