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.
Rubio - "Fábula"
After a year of right-out-the-oven releases, Rubio has finally dropped her debut album Pez, compiling all the tracks from her last five EPs along with a new song and video called “Fábula.” The track continues Fran Straube’s exploration of dance music via otherworldly digital sounds and percussion drawing from trap as well as Andean chajchas, proving her experimental voyages are far from over. –Richard Villegas
Füete Billete - "Baby Cripi"
Puerto Rico’s underground trap pack is making a re-entry into a genre that has gone worldwide since Füete released 2013’s Música de Capsulon. The lightly distorted flows of “Baby Cripi” are deserving of the pioneers that spit them. –Caitlin Donohue
Sikuri - “Baiuro”
It took Discos Pegaos three years to return with a new volume of their Pegamentos compilation, but the wait was well worth it. Along with tracks by Lechuga Zafiro, Dementira, and Alpha S is “Baiuro,” a shapeshifting club banger by Bolivian producer Sikuri. In only two minutes, he walks us through a swarm of rhythm changes, tied together by electronic elegance, and by the time the song is over, he’s got us thinking, “How did I get here?” –Cheky
Native Sun - "11th Street"
It takes a few laid-back riffs, a snotty chorus and a get-to-the-solo attitude for New York’s Native Sun to reignite our passion for rock. “11th Street” creates a nostalgic but surreal universe in its lyrics, inhabited by lost connections and friends who are a phone call away but whom we don’t dare to text. –Marcos Hassan
Camila Fuchs - "One on One"
Striking a perfect balance between pop melodies and electronic experimentation, Camila Fuchs makes textural music as though it were blowing up the charts. Singer Camila de Laborde goes straight for our sensory neurons, thanks to her heartfelt vocals, while the electronics groove and get noisy. “One on One” is like entering the void of a velvet cocoon. –Marcos Hassan
Entrópica – “R”
Chilean synth priestess Entrópica just threw a curve ball at fans with her latest EP, a compilation of abstract instrumentals titled NARF. Released via DJ Raff’s Pirotecnia label, lead single “R” pairs a chill beat with a quirky trumpet sample. The result is a track that’s more interested in reflecting its sound design inspirations than reaching full-blown earworm status. –Richard Villegas
Karol Conka - “Kaça”
Brazilian singer and rapper Karol Conka has been posting previews of her new single “Kaça” on her Instagram account all week, and the final product is the cockiest dance floor smash this side of a Beyoncé choreo routine. Rapping over a hybrid trap and circuit club track conceived with recurring collaborator Boss In Drama, Conka oozes reina energy as she repeatedly chants “original sem cópia” during the song’s crescendo, declaring with room for little doubt she is one of the most exciting forces in Brazilian pop. –Richard Villegas
Ana Gartner - "Little Pieces"
Somewhere, there’s a club for goths that is in serious need of this song. Colombia’s new sinister disco diva Ana Gartner sounds like Siouxie Sioux’s precocious little girl, singing about heartache as if she were uploading IG stories and sitting in a dark cave on a faraway mountain. –Marcos Hassan
Polimá Westcoast - "SI O SI"
Santiago’s trap scene is writhing right now. To get an idea of the talent pool, dip in on this Angolan-Chilean singer: Polimá Westcoast has been packing out his recent live shows, and gives you a taste of the charisma that does it on this nocturnal track. –Caitlin Donohue
Paul Marmota - "Sola" (ft. Raprimal Boyz)
Mexico City is another metropolis currently overflowing with young, hungry emcees hovering between the reggaeton and trap en español worlds. Here, seasoned club vampire Marmota straps the energy of promising duo Raprimal Boyz into an echoing haunted house ride, an apt expression of the mega-city’s developing soundwaves. –Caitlin Donohue
N.Hardem & Las Hermanas - “Afuera Bien”
Previewing their forthcoming joint EP Rhodesia, Bogotá rapper N.Hardem and beatmaker Las Hermanas dropped “Afuera Bien,” an abstract sunset of words and sounds. The warm, steady beat is a soft bed where the rapper lays down everything that crosses his mind, a freeform exercise that takes us nowhere and everywhere at the same time. –Cheky
Maribel Tafur - “Hidden Years”
“Hidden Years,” the title track off Peruvian artist Maribel Tafur’s new EP, gently crawls its way through a thick blanket of digital pops and cracks, wrapping us in a gentle cloud of ambient synths and a padded downtempo beat. It’s a call to introspection, creating a world we can enter to be alone with our thoughts and offering a beautiful landscape to look at while we do so. –Cheky