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.
Tomasa del Real - "Barre Con el Pelo" (prod. DJ Blass)
Neoperreo on the rise — Chile’s premiere reggaetonera gets a major cred upgrade through linking with the legendary Puerto Rican producer DJ Blass for this extension-inspiring anthem. –Caitlin Donohue
Javiera Mena - “Espejo”
Javiera Mena finally dropped her major label debut Espejo, which further cements her as one of the brightest pop songwriters in recent history. Its title track stands out for its 90s house aesthetic and percussive embellishments, but it’s her larger-than-life melodies that make us reach up to the sky connect with our own emotions. Mirrors are about to become a dancing accessory, mark our words. –Cheky
Imaabs – “Border”
Chile’s Imaabs has been vocal on social media about his dissatisfaction with the way music is shared and consumed, so he just went ahead and self-released Discretización, his latest full-length. Amidst its toxic atmosphere, there’s a sticky rhythm which doesn’t invoke a good time, but some rebellious thinking. Each industrial stomp peels off another layer of frustration. –Cheky
Chancha Via Circuito – "Ilaló" (ft. Mateo Kingman)
Featuring Ecuadorian artist and EVHA member Mateo Kingman, the first taste from Chancha Via Circuito’s new album Bienaventuranza is a prayer which slowly mutates into a dance party. Named after a volcano in Ecuador, “Ilaló”’s Andean vocal melodies and instruments are deeply moving and make us want to throw out our computers and get lost in the wilderness. –Cheky
MC KEVINHO, 2 Chainz, Nacho, French Montana - "Olha a Explosao" Remix
The 19-year-old Brazilian emcee comes up internationally with this globally-minded crew of rappers. End result is a chance for the hip-hop giants to flip lyrics on top of a trippy baile funk beat. Look at the explosion, indeed. –Caitlin Donohue
Bclip - Reggaeton 2000 Mixtape
A very rare, hour-long perreo assault from this Bogotá producer of champeta, the jíbaro-salsa-reggae blend masterfully wrought by members of Bclip’s Paria Records crew. I’m left with thoughts, like — how come I never realized Sir Speedy’s “Para Que Bailan” has a Cranberries’ “Zombie” moment in it? –Caitlin Donohue
Drama - "Majid"
One gets the sense that the featherlight suggestion “we made love too soon” in this soft dance track from Chicago duo Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa (off soon-to-be-released Lies After Love EP) has little to do with one night stands and more with the perils of opening up your heart to the undeserving. A soundtrack for moving on. –Caitlin Donohue
Twin Shadow - "Sympathy" ft. Rainsford
George Lewis Jr. is back with a brand new album called Caer. Album highlight “Sympathy” provides signature dance beats with a tiny dose of subtle nostalgia, so it’s what we come to love from TS. The first verse could almost pass for reggaeton (we’re ready for the remix!) but then the beat drops and a comfort descends upon your ears thanks to Twin Shadow’s warmth and soulfulness. –Marcos Hassan
Sebastián Renato - "LUV"
The sun is going down, in few hours you will be headed to the club, but the vibe is already here. You’re itching to get dressed and ready, and you are certain your Uber will turn out to be a Lambo. The night could play out like you feel it will – the greatest in your life – or it can be a bust. Either way, Quito’s deep house practitioner Sebastián Renato has your back all the way, to provide that electric excitement of the promise of a night to remember forever. –Marcos Hassan
Ghos7 Boy - "Blood"
The way Ghos7 Boy’s voice sounds somehow distant and muffled and the instruments blissfully seem suspended in a lo-fi haze presents “Blood” as a melancholic stroll through the fields of a beautiful sad thought. The sound suggests you could drop to an unknown abyss if you step outside its defined lines, but you’ll be safe as long as you hang on to Ghos7 Boy’s music. –Marcos Hassan
Tatiana Hazel - "Can't Help But Notice"
Tatiana Hazel returns with a soaring new disco-inspired single. A breathy rush of glittery goodness. –Isabelia Herrera
Bea Pelea - "Culona" ft. Ms Nina
An irresistible neoperreo moment from Argentine reggaetonera Ms Nina and Mexico- and Guatemala-raised Bea Pelea. –Isabelia Herrera