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.
yensanjuan & Dāniyyêl - "Rotación" ft. FNTXY
This is what happens when Mexico and Puerto Rico get together. PR’s Lv Ciudvd and mexa crew Homegrown Entertainment got some of their slickest in the studio to put out this calculated, slow beat produced by Dāniyyêl (the new incarnation of Álvaro Díaz and Füete Billete studio fave Overlord). –Caitlin Donohue
Larinu - "Duas"
A lush groove that steps into trippy nostalgia, “Duas” draws on many different styles – trip-hop, dream pop, neo-soul, nu jazz, a touch of Radiohead at their most downtempo – to create something new. It could have been easy for Brazil’s Larinu to rely on jazzy clichés and still come out with a banger, yet she knocks it out of the park by using jazz to freshen up her melancholy. –Marcos Hassan
BFlecha - “Ctrl.Escape”
When BFlecha sings about parallel universes, space travel, and escapism through technology, there’s always something we can take home with us. Her latest single, “Ctrl.Escape,” is no exception. It’s an electronic slow burner co-produced by Mwëslee, in which she convinces us that the power to change our lives is in our own hands. –Cheky
COASTCITY - "Pa La Calle"
Push the straw aside and drink straight from the glass because Puerto Rican duo COASTCITY (aka Danny Flores and Jean Rodriguez) went for the summer vibes on this bilingual cut from their debut EP, right down to the keytar solo moment. They should know what it takes to make a catchy track — between the two they’ve got some heavy industry experience in production and vocal coaching with A-list artists. –Caitlin Donohue
Sticky M.A. - "Cruz" ft. $kyhook
Madrileño crew Agorazein is getting it in — one needs only look to the success of Sticky M.A. contemporary C.Tangana to see how high the bar’s been set for international attention. Sticky’s gunning for the same success. “Cruz” is the opener of his new album, and trap-relaxed vocals strung over a beat that comes closer to reggaeton than we’ve seen from the rapper thus far. –Caitlin Donohue
Acuario - "Por Si Me Vienes a Buscar..."
When emo or any kind of sad music goes acoustic, it usually involves a lot of singalong moments and painful heartbreak. Chile’s Bastian Aguilera actually digs at his raw emotion and lets it hang in the air. “Por Si Me Vienes A Buscar…” might suggest he’s getting dramatically drunk on sadness, but in reality, it becomes a friend with whom to pass the bottle, confess secrets, and wipe stray tears into the wee hours. –Marcos Hassan
Boundary - “QUIEN (Ver. Alt)”
17-year-old Dominican electronic music producer Boundary continues his rise with an upcoming EP titled Confirmado por Aquellos, which includes the track “Quien.” This house-inspired instrumental brings to mind a vivid image of silver clouds in an afternoon shower, but with pillowy synths and drops of lo-fi static instead. Come out and get soaking wet. –Cheky
J Balvin ft. Rosalía - "Brillo"
Balvin’s getting a rep for his global Star Search skills. This cut from his new Vibras album will only add to that, featuring spine-tingling whispers and the thrillingly husky trills of Barcelona’s Rosalía. The Colombian himself makes a subdued appearance on this song, willing the flamenco singer to take center stage. –Caitlin Donohue
Zut Zut x MANCANDY AW18 mixtape
In honor of Mancandy, the Mexican designer – in his more recent incarnation, queer reggaetonero – and his newest collection, NAAFI’s Monterrey contingent takes you on a legit journey of the most elegant kind. This is penthouse perreo, Bad Gyal and French Montana with the sparkle filter on. –Caitlin Donohue
Ibiza Pareo - "San Antonio"
Buenos Aires indie outfit Ibiza Pareo slows down for this lush synth pop number. Percussive touches collide with cosmic stabs, leaving you suspended somewhere between outer space y una playa virgen. –Isabelia Herrera