14 new songs to listen to this week From Lenny Tavárez to Caloncho

This is a weekly compilation short reviews of songs and EPs from our musical authors. Discover new favorites, read nuanced reviews of the week’s hottest releases, and more. Some of the artists featured this week include Lenny Tavárez and Anitta, Caloncho and Joyce Santana. Ffollow our playlist featuring these tracks and more at Spotify Where Apple Music.

Lenny Tavárez, Anitta – “QUE VAMO’ HACER?”

Produced by Ovy on the Drums, Puerto Rican artist Lenny Tavárez and Brazilian pop sensation Anitta deliver a softer, more “cursi” side to them with “QUE VAMO’ HACER?” The clip, directed by Laura Castellanos, shows us how passionate, carefree and playful a casual relationship can be through intimate VHS-style recordings. Throughout the scenes, we see the duo in a liquor store – dancing flirtatiously – all working towards a steamy shot in bed. “QUE VAMO’ HACER?” is the last segment of Tavárez Krak the era of the album, which is now gearing up for its next step. And, truth be told, with Anitta’s feature alone, we’re already hooked and ready for what’s to come. — Jeannette Hernandez

Caloncho – “Naranjita so carnal”

Ciudad Obregón musician and singer Óscar Alfonso Castro (aka Caloncho) stays true to his ethos of “living life to the fullest” on his latest mezcal-fueled jam, “Naranjita sí carnal.” The singer is known for his soft, hazy, sun-drenched melodies, but here he pivots victoriously to a dynamic dose of synth-pop until dawn. The single features a playful back and forth between friends eager to keep the party going and a somewhat hesitant Caloncho before he embraces the spontaneity of the present; “Lo de hoy es mágico /El presente báilalo /Y me siento eufórico, natural.” —Nayeli Portillo

Joyce Santana, Young Miko – “Besties”

Contributing to an entry into the canon of great songs about mythical creatures of the nightlife, Joyce Santana dresses the story of two girls in search of a good and dangerous time with futuristic synth blips and bloops. Santana delivers her lines with a snap as guest Young Miko ups the energy slightly while riding the drill beat. “Besties” offers us a nihilistic party with melodic allures. – Marcos Hassan

Meth Math – “Final Fantasy”

Hermosillo, the eldritch perreo ghouls of Sonora Meth Math have released their excellent new EP, m♡rtalimpressively evolving the unique brand of mutant reggaeton and hyperpop beats they debuted in 2020. On the apocalyptic “Fantasía Final”, heartache reverberates through the chaos of the end of the world as told by vocalist Angelica Ballesteros, whose vaporous voice floats eerily over trip-hop flavored beats from producers Error.Error and Bonsai Babies. –Richard Villegas

Bianca Oblivion – “Breathe”

Opening the latest compilation from French label Couvres Chefs, “Respire” is another club hit from DJ and producer Bianca Oblivion. The Los Angeles-based artist chops up vocal samples and adds an impressive layering of drums with a crescendo bassline. As the title of the track says, “Respire” is about inhaling and exhaling on a dance floor. — Felipe Maia

Katzù Oso – “Don’t Ask Why”

Los Angeles-based artist Paul Hernandez loves giving us an ’80s throwback moment with his Katzù Oso moniker, but for his single “Don’t Ask Why,” he goes back another decade to sprinkle his brand of chamber pop with a ’70s vibe. Co-produced by Charlie Brand (Miniature Tigers), David Garza (Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten) and Hernandez himself, the track finds him exploring his beautiful falsetto and showing his impressive writing skills. He goes up and down the emotional gamut, trying to figure out why his love interest doesn’t reciprocate. – Cheky

Seiji Oda – “Aero 3”

Seiji Oda brings us to a serene and central point of reflection with his latest single “aero 3”. The Japanese-American and Panamanian artist plays with a mix of genres, with the track landing on a fusion of melodic alt-R&B mixed with Bay Area-inspired hip-hop beats. Using an analog vibe degraded to emphasize an indie vibe, the young artist navigates through a meditative reflection on his life and the importance of focusing on self-care as a catalyst for moving forward. Throughout the calming exploration, there is a peaceful installation as he learns to embrace and express gratitude for those who have played a part and continue to walk along his journey. Jeanette Diaz

Beam, Pablino – “BOW”

Mexican-born trap artist Beam has released the hyped bilingual hip-hop track “Bow” produced by Pablino. With a badass attitude, edginess and overall personality, Beam delivers a catchy track, noticeably influenced by West Coast sounds and the broader American trap scene that has been dominant for the past five years. “Bow” is part of Beam’s upcoming EP Goyard, which will soon be released under Slowly Entertainment, a Mexican record label that presents young artists who are authentic, daring and passionate about their craft. — Jeannette Hernandez

Catalyna – “Catalyna the O”

Puerto Rican singer Catalyna throws no punches in her latest attempt, the absorbing “Catalyna la O.” The track samples “Catalina La O” by former Fania All-Star and salsa singer Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, as 22-year-old Boricua emerges with back-to-back clever one-liners and lyrical inflections big enough to silence anyone. don’t support her. It’s accompanied by a wobbly, booming bass that’s sure to shake the walls when played at full throttle. –Nayeli Portillo

Lila Tirando in Violeta & Nicola Cruz – “Cuerpo Que Flota”

On paper, Lila Tirando a Violeta and Nicola Cruz are in opposite corners of electronic dance music. The melodic and slightly gothic style of the Uruguayan producer collides with the peaceful and ancestral waves of the Ecuadorian veteran. However, “Cuerpo Que Flota” proves that they are two sides of the same coin, meeting on common ground by focusing on rhythm and keeping things experimental and kinetic. It’s amazing to hear two masters find a new way to make bodies move. – Marcos Hassan

Jose Yellow, Axel Ghxst – “Dejate Ver”

Nimble Boricua rapper Jose Yellow has been plowing the tough miles for years, swinging between trap and reggaeton bops and showcasing his polished performance skills perfectly on new single “Déjate Ver.” After last year’s very catchy “Normal,” Yellow teamed up again with producer Axel Ghxst, this time turning up the romantico all the way while reminiscing about late-night text messages and even later grinding sessions. . –Richard Villegas

Bruno Kroz – “QUEBRANDO E AMASSANDO (feat. Kbrum)”

Proving that Brazilian grime is more of a thriving scene than just a fad, labels like Leigo Records continue to support up-and-coming MCs and bar veterans. The latest release from the collective is a collaboration between Bahia-based Bruno Kroz and Kbrum, an artist who is a longtime figure in Jamaican music from the suburbs of Rio (aka Jamaicaxias). In “Quebrando e Amassando”, they mix baile funk and grime flow along the reverse kicks of ANTCONSTANTINO and BBzão and robust atabaques. — Felipe Maia

Pahua & WX//CLTV – “Mujer del Desierto”

After working together on singles like “Caramelo” and “O Vas O Voy”, Mexican Pahua and Canadian producer WX//CLTV are once again teaming up for a moving new dance number titled “Mujer del Desierto”. . A pounding beat with a weightless feel, the song is an ode to mothers, their strength and how they invest themselves in trying to improve their surroundings, a message that comes just in time to launch the Month of women’s history. – Cheky


Daniel Valle-Riestra, formerly half of Animal Chuki, resurfaces with a new solo project, QOQEQA. The hallmark of this new chapter brings debut single “Xi” – a track drenched in mysterious and enigmatic sounds that read like a sonic acid journey. The psychedelic beats and punchy beats find their way playing as a sort of transformative dance between the delicate light vibrations and the darkness nestled in the song’s more abrupt sharpness. The low vocals are borrowed from the sounds of an isolated Amazonian tribe who rejoice in reuniting with loved ones, once presumed dead, turning the single into a ceremonial experience. –Jeannette Diaz

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