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Things We Missed Because We Suck: Vol V [Latin Indie]

This edition includes missing out on great tracks from Latin Indie artists.

Los Abandoned “Suena La Alarma”

The LA based Latin indie and new wave band Los Abandoned is finally back with their latest catchy single that instantly takes you back to their early 2000’s gigs at the Knitting Factory. Lady P’s distinctive bilingual vocals on top of the band’s memorable sound bring hardcore nostalgia for all the Latin indie enthusiasts. Although the band had their major comeback planned for June postponed, we can at least enjoy their newest track with a resonating and fitting lyric that urges us to: “Tómate el tiempo to breathe” [take time to breathe]. – Jeanette Hernandez

Mexican Institute of Sound and Gaby Moreno “Yemayá”

Mexican Institute Of Sound and Gaby Moreno

Mexican Institute Of Sound pushes Gaby Moreno into a new sonic realm on their collaborative track “Yemayá.” The Mexican producer, Camilo Lara, is known for his inquisitive blends and curates the magic of the Afro-Caribbean goddess — for which the track pulls its name and meaning from. The track takes its fluidity from the representation of the Goddess and is lamented with horns, a slow winding rhythm, and the delicate, rich vocals of Moreno. It finds a centered, soft approach with an equally tantalizing build that truly orchestrates the range of Moreno. – Janette Ayub

Buscabulla “Club Tú y Yo”

The Puerto Rican experimental duo Buscabulla formed by Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, finally released their long-awaited debut album Regresa. “Club Tu Y Yo” is one of the album’s most ethereal and romantic indie-pop tracks that almost seems too hypnotic and sensual to dedicate to an already struggling but overly dedicated relationship. Regresa is an album to listen to carefully and thoroughly – with no skips – which easily creates a rich sonic new Latin wave masterpiece. – Jeanette Hernandez

Los Bitchos “The Link Is About to Die”

Los Bitchos

London-based quintet Los Bitchos are all winks and sonrisas since 2017, when they united from the four corners of the earth. The band have served as a sort of gateway to trópicalia for the UK and the mainland, broadening the Latin influence in the midst of cultural shifts and evolutions. The instrumentals they jam insist on that PMA as we work to fine tune our cultural identity toward a more inclusive standard. – Justin Bieggar

Catalina Navarro “Tan Bien”

Catalina Navarro

Catalina Navarro has quickly become a personal favorite since her debut “A Ver (A Ver, A Ver).” On the artist’s second single “Tan Bien” — which continues to reveal the direction for Navarro’s upcoming debut album — there’s an abundant amount of untroubled pop that washes beneath Navarro’s vibrant and light vocals. The indie-pop cut is melodically glorified and revels in its ideology of having sparks after a “connection,” continuing the conceptual journey from the artist’s first single: “Respirar tu aire me hizo ‘tan bien.'” Navarro’s breezy sound can take many shapes and I am truly excited for the next release. – Janette Ayub

Vaya Futuro “((O))”

Originally from Tijuana B.C., indie psychedelic synth pop band Vaya Futuro returns with their lead single “((O))” off their upcoming fourth album named El Peso Del Mundo that is due in September. With this soulful track we listen to the vocalist’s heart wrenching cry repeating: “Que tu dolor no sea en vano/ El mundo esta enfermo” [May your pain not be in vain / The world is sick]. – Jeanette Hernandez

Oscura Luna “Pienso en Ti”

Oscura Luna

Self-described as “Xicana soul rock & roll,” Oscura Luna wooed local crowds from LA to Pomona with an elegant merging of cumbia, surf and doo wop accents, heard on “Pienso en Ti.” Fine-tuned fans of the LA scene may recall the band’s appearance on local favorite KXLU 88.9FM back in March, just before COVID started circumnavigating the earth. The half hour set covered their 2019 self-titled EP and was outro’d with show announcements we couldn’t make. We hope to catch them when it’s all clear. – Justin Bieggar

Jonaz “Cangrejita”

Jonaz

Jonaz construes two decades of house and disco for a summer club anthem that bodes well for the “world beatmaker.” The Mexican artist steps in the obvious electronic world of the ’80s, but takes “Cangrejita” to its appreciated stance with its specific ’90s disco pulsation. Alt-rock guitar licks (bathe in this guitar solo) and tropic keys play with the richness of the track and adds a fierce rhythm to the dance jam. The depth of sound mirrors the artist’s low, yet bubbling tone which flows with an extremely catchy, and lively hook: “Tú eres cangrejita playera y yo soy rata de ciudad / you are a beach crab and I am a city rat.”

And to tie the vitality of color from the track, Jonaz pairs “Cangrejita” with a video game inspired visual companion and an actual game (yes, I downloaded the game). Each diving into the universe of “Cangrejita,” the cohesiveness and attention to detail from each medium highlights the passion and brilliant facets of the artist. – Janette Ayub

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Cover photo: Buscabulla by Mara Corsino

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