As we try to hold on to summer, there’s nothing like a good playlist of dance, pop, R&B, and Latin Alternative to keep the heat of those summer vibes alive. From Colombian reggaetoneros like Maluma and J Balvin currently crushing it on the mainstream scene to new tunes from Mexico’s veteran bad girl Paulina Rubio, and the controversial Spanish fly girl newcomer to the Latinx world, Rosalia. Here’s a roundup of 10 Latinx musicians from a variety of genres that you simply need to have on your sound system to cruise into the fall season.
Categorized as cosmic synth-folk for hipsters, Helado Negro’s music explores living as a Latinx person with soulful and high-minded lyrics, especially in his gem of a song “Young, Latin and Proud.” Pitchfork magazine called Ecuadorian-American Roberto Carlos Lange’s latest electronica album “a sublime, masterful piece of music.”.His incredible voice and sound is reminiscent of acts like Devendra Banhart and Antony and the Johnsons.
The tousled mane, the telenovela-inspired videos, the denial of her relationship with her hit song Señorita co-singer and writer Shawn Mendes, has the world obsessed with this flirty Cuban-American multi-talented performer. The wacky and over the top video for her new song, “Liar,” directed Dave Meyer, is downright twisted and a far cry from the sensual simplicity of “Havana.”
This past year Balvin became the first Latino artist to headline Lollapalooza and the first reggaeton star to be a musical guest on SNL. This Colombian reggaetonero star knows how to do infectious collaborations, from his worldwide hit MTV Award winning song “Con Altura” with Spanish superstar Rosalia to his new electronica dance song “Que Calor” with Major Lazer and El Alfa.
Omar Banos (aka Cuco) is a 21-year-old Chicano with dreamy pop songs and firm roots in the indie scene. He has been selling out shows across the country with his mix of jazz, trap and bossa nova and has already been signed to Interscope records with an album that he plays multiple instruments on. Tunes such as “Sunnyside” and “Lo Que Siento” will hook you in immediately.
Mariana de Miguel, 22, is one of the few artists from Mexico City producing chill out contemporary R&B south of the U.S. border. Her debut EP, Boys, includes a Spanish- language cover of Daniel Caesar track “Get You” and her and Cuco’s sultry bilingual tune “Dame Love” will melt your speaker.
The euphoric heights she reached with her “Con Altura” collaboration with J Balvin was demonstrated at the MTV Music Awards where she took home two award for best Latin video and best choreography. Whether you agree or disagree that this Spanish import should be considered Latina or not, she is the hottest thing ascending in world music right now and categories won’t stop her.
His latest guilt ridden tune “Mala Mia” is stuck on the top of the charts and this Colombian heartthrob with the playboy profile, who has collaborated on sexy songs with queen bees like Madonna and Shakira, doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. Everybody wants a piece of him.
Mexico’s Chica Dorada has a new and playful tune with urban vibes called “Si Supieran.” It’s from her latest album Deseo and we’re certain it will be every newly single girl’s anthem. It disses on her exes and their pathetic attempts to outdo her in the happiness and new conquests in her bed department.
Nicknamed the new Latin prince of R&B with a fairy godfather like Marc Anthony backing him up, the Dominican-American singer with the fresh dance moves and platinum blond hair’s current hit “Esa Parte,” describes his desire to leave a ‘friends with benefits’ status for a ‘in a relationship’ one.
This Puerto Rican urban contemporary star, whose real name is, Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, began her musical career as the sole female singer of Calle 13. iLe has released her Almadura, a Latin alternative album that follows her Grammy award winning breakthrough debut iLevitable. “My first album was about recognizing hurts and vulnerabilities and realizing that those aren’t weaknesses, but signs of strength,” iLe told Rolling Stone. “Now with ‘Almadura,’ we release that strength, and courage.”