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.
Helado Negro - "ECHO 2"
Electro-dreamweaver Helado Negro is back with a new EP, Island Universe Story Four. Already, we’re addicted to the surreal glitch maze he’s crafted on “ECHO 2,” an otherworldly concoction of woozy synths and throbbing kicks. –Julyssa Lopez
Kap G - "Boss Luv" ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan
Rubio - "Hacia el Fondo"
On the second-to-last EP from her Rubio series, Fran Straube shines as an electro-pop star. “Hacia El Fondo” bounces elegantly as the Chilean artist dials down on the histrionics. It has us daydreaming about dazzling an imaginary club crowd with kickass dance moves. –Cheky
Bad Gyal - "Blink" (prod. DJ Florentino)
Spain’s dancehall breakout gives you floral blunt smoke in the video for “Blink.” The clip was filmed on her recent trip to Mexico to compliment her latest glittery club track, produced by UK-Colombia talent DJ Florentino. –Caitlin Donohue
NA - "New Freezer Dembow"
Nguzunguzu’s NA flipped Rich The Kid’s “New Freezer” and gave it a brand new ice-cold reggaeton riddim to match the frosty vibe. This wintertime perreo will save you a lot on your heating bill; expect to ass-shake to the point of combustion. –Cheky
Disciplina - "Corre"
Disciplina is a new punk outfit founded by some of Costa Rica’s garage mainstays: Ave Negra’s Felo Oller and Las Robertas’ Fabrizio Durán, plus singer-guitarist Mark Murillo. “Corre,” the vertiginous, skull-smashing noise-punk opener off their debut EP Bienvenidos al GULAG urges us to pump our fists and scream our lungs out. –Cheky
DJ Guapis and Nini - "Y El Barrio Mixtapes 2018"
DJ Guapis’ Perrealismo parties provide that vital freak component to the vast Mexico City reggaeton circuit. Get an idea of her beautiful chaos with this mix, which ricochets from baile funk and neo perreo to club trance and aphrodisiac Mexican electro cumbia. –Caitlin Donohue
Zeta - "Completar"
The aggressive, syncopated drumming and dissonant guitar bursts that form the meat of this track by Venezuela’s Zeta will surely send loose limbs flying in the mosh pit. But rather than pent-up aggression, “Completar” offers a positive outlook about growing stronger, like a loud pick-me-up anthem. There’s even some hints of melody to give an extra dose of gravity to this short-but-sweet banger. –Marcos Hassan
The TBD - "American Music"
Mexico City’s The TBD wrote this love letter to music from the good ol’ U.S. of A (though somehow, it ends with the narrator bragging about his skills as an “excellent lover”). Regardless, “American Music” sounds like a marriage between 70s-obsessed indie rock and psych. The powerful sense of melody is paired with stripped-down acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, giving the track smooth but propulsive motion. Add this one to your road trip playlist, but be warned: There’s no telling where you’ll end up driving. –Marcos Hassan