14 new songs to listen to this week, from Ibeyi to Symon Dice

This is our weekly compilation new song reviews from our talented music writers. Discover new favorites, read nuanced reviews of the hottest releases of the week, and much more. Who knows, you might come out with a new favorite or two. Some of the featured artists include Ibeyi, Symon Dice and Paulo Londra. Follow our playlist featuring these tracks and more at Spotify Where Apple Music.

Ibeyi – “Mandarin Juice”

Sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz stopped by A COLORS SHOW to record a beautiful rendition of “Juice of Mandarins”, their brand new single as Ibeyi which follows their superb 2022 album Spell 31. Produced by longtime collaborator Richard Russell, the song instantly immerses us in a sweet world of dreams with just a few elements. The Diaz sisters capture the ecstasy of a self-evident love with their stunning harmonies, and now we float for the rest of the day. – Cheky

Paulo Londres – “Party en el Barrio (feat. Duki)”

Two of the world’s biggest trap stars, hailing from Argentina, go back to their humble beginnings on their very first collaboration, “Party en el Barrio.” Since his three-year absence following a legal battle with the co-founders of the Big Ligas label, Paulo Londra has been keen to experiment with everything from airy pop-punk power chords to singles co-signed by Ed Sheeran. But “Party en el Barrio” captures the essence of the public freestyle battles where Londra and Duki cut their teeth, zigzagging between Londra’s jovial “done” moments (“Saben que traigo noticia’ buena” para todo el barrio/siempre innovator … Be a perezoso, pero no puedo sleep…Solo fui con cien y volví con mil”) to Duki’s rapidfire boasts of busy hats and scrambled 808s. –Nayeli Portillo

Symon Dice, DEEIKEL ft. Rafa Pabön – “Cacique”

Symon Dice released “Cacique,” ​​an upbeat reggaeton-infused track that features Caribbean guitar in the melody. Dice’s new single echoes the quality of his production work he is known for. Previously, he worked with stars such as Dímelo Flow, Farruko and Natti Natasha, to name a few. The verses of DEEIKEL and Rafa Pabön serve a soft rhythm. When they team up on the catchy chorus, the game is over – their flow will be stuck in your head all day. – Jeannette Hernandez

Lolabum – “Nidi”

For nearly a decade, Ecuadorian indie pop prince Pedro Bonfim led his band Lolabúm through acclaimed records reeling angst and blossoming romance at the center of the world. Teaser of their new album Muchachito Roto, the group unveiled “Nidi,” a peppy yet coy single comparing needy lovers to the constant attention one might bestow on their pet Tamagotchi. Floating synths and acoustic guitar meet Bonfim’s soothing, almost hesitant voice as he pleads for the affection he so desperately wants while trying to sound cool as a cucumber. —Richard Villegas

Loyal Lobos – “Disgusted”

After giving us a good share of sad bangers to hold us together when we’re feeling down, Loyal Lobos released a party song. However, it’s not the kind of party song one would expect. The Bogota-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter wrote a song about getting lost at a gathering and wanting to return to your own space. Likewise, she constructs “Bummed” as an alt-rock ballad with strummed guitars and mellow drum machines to underscore the despondent vibe, delivering a catchy but aching bop. — Marcos Hassan

Conjunto Ingeniería – “Intermission Riff”

During the heyday of Latin jazz in the 1960s, a group of engineering students in Venezuela got together to start a side project: a full-fledged jazz band called, aptly, Conjunto Ingeniería (or, The Engineering Group). El Palmas Music will release a compilation of their best recordings, starting with this week’s “Intermission Riff”. The track erupts with lively orchestration and an irresistible beat that filled dance floors, and still can. The good vibes remain timeless, and contemporary listeners have a golden opportunity to experience a band that has committed to their sound in a way rarely found these days. —Juan J. Arroyo

Marinero – “Ixchel and the Lonely Girl”

Marinero, born in San Francisco and now based in Los Angeles, shares his first follow-up single since his debut album Hella Love, released in 2021. A sanguine, psychedelic and sunny pop sound, the single highlights the beauty of motherly love through a lively and robust retro-wave composition with groovy rhythmic drums, melodic wind sections and guitar breakdowns with folk tendencies. Inspired by her own mother’s divine connection, the single follows the story of a mother-daughter duo navigating a difficult time but slipping through with the untold perseverance that radiates from a guardian’s love. —Jeannette Diaz

Belmar – “Todos Los Santos (feat. Eliangel & Sunsplash)”

For his new single, producer Belmar has summoned two of his Mexico-based Venezuelan diaspora pals: up-and-coming newcomer Eliangel and seasoned electronic artist Alberto Stangarone, aka Sunsplash. “Todos Los Santos” (a track that nods to Stangarone’s groundbreaking band Todosantos) is a sultry, esoteric R&B song with a huge hip-hop-tinged beat that showcases Belmar’s multicolored production style. The two singers trade verses as they try every ritual in the books in an effort to save a dangling romance. – Cheky

Hermanos Gutierrez – “Los Chicos Tristes”

On “Los Chicos Tristes”, guitarists and brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez navigate their way through self-reflection. Rather than being overwhelmed by what the two describe as a shared sadness, the Ecuadorian instrumental duo use high-pitched bluesy riffs to explore how feeling can be a stirrer, ultimately reconstructing it as a source of transformation. The accompanying video presents the two crossings Iztapalapa, the bustling town of Central de Abasto in Mexico. –Nayeli Portillo

Jessie Reyez – “Only One”

Jessie Reyez is and always will be the movement. Its heartbreaking croons combined with R&B ballads make it a rich and enticing musical project. After two years, she is back with her second album Yessia, who explores her bittersweet love stories, while feeling empowered to walk through them. Plus, she continues to have an undeniable knack for resonating with many of her audience’s current love stories. On “Only One,” she does just that, boldly wearing her heart on her sleeve. The Colombian-Canadian talks about her desire to be someone’s number one — never questioning her level of priority. And how not to feel it? It’s hard not want to be his favorite. –Jeannette Hernandez

La Perla – “Chicharachera”

La Perla de Bogota released their highly anticipated debut album Callejera, pouring a dizzying array of vocal and percussive influences from cumbia,bullengue, porro, gaita, and more into a sprawling collage of Latin American street sounds. Look for explosive collaborations with The White Lady and Frente Cumbiero throughout, and be swept away in the cheeky glory of “Chicharachera”, a loving tribute to the maiz and the many gifts he bestowed on the people of Abya Yala. Staccato clave dances with a warbling synth bass and the soaring vocal harmonies of La Perla as shisha flows from their instruments in the Andean elixir that fuels the party to come. —Richard Villegas

TIMPAN – “Jovi”

From the first buzzing notes of “Jovi”, a sense of peace can be felt in your ears and in your heart. TIMPANA from Bolivia pays homage to the ancestral sounds of his country’s indigenous people, singing the opening lyrics in Guarani while building an arrangement of electronics that complements the song, turning it into a little prayer for our modern world. Performing a respectful homage to the past while constructing timeless music, “Jovi” hovers like a spirit blessing our lives for just a few minutes. — Marcos Hassan

Late Night Laundry – “Sizzle”

Chicago-based quartet Late Nite Laundry are gearing up for the Nov. 4 release of their self-titled EP with “Sizzle,” the first of their two singles. The band doesn’t stray far from the psych soul-jazz sound that has defined them for the past two years, and it’s that same style that adorns this song and its themes with appropriate solemnity. While last year “Free time” was a fun throwback to classic R&B and quiet thunderclap, “Sizzle” is more interested in being “below the surface, under the skin” without sacrificing listening as it delves into the more sober subject matter. —Juan J. Arroyo

UJI – “QUEMAQUEMA with NYARUACH”

Argentinian electronic music artist and producer Uji teases his next album TIME with his latest single, “QuemaQuema”. The single finds a liminal space in its exploration of where nature meets technology. Sudanese vocalist Nyaruach presents and provides a stark and vivid contrast to Uji’s deep voice, which melds together in a trance-inducing call and response. The tracks’ drum beats are enhanced with electronic modifications that transcend the club soundscape into a portal that leads to the dance floor of a new world. The clip brings that vision to life in an experimentally stunning piece that is one facet of an eight-part film directed by Jazmin Calcarami. —Jeannette Diaz


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