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Ozzie Aguilera is fresh from his seductively unapologetic Latin Jazz-Pop single, Nasty Boy

Here to prove there is little more awe-inspiring than someone completely embracing their autonomy is the Mexican American singer-songwriter, MUA and entrepreneur Ozzie Aguilera and his latest Latin Jazz-Pop single, Nasty Boy.

The soulfully unapologetic single delivers the eloquent reminder that everyone you meet will have their own narrative of you, but yours is the only one that is true and that carries any weight. The light year colour-seeped melodies give Nasty Boy an almost dream-like feel, while Ozzie Aguilera wraps his sultry vocal dynamism around the well-metered swoon-some canter of the lyrics.

Nasty Boy was officially released on August 12th. Check it out on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Surrender to Javier Jara’s Latin American Folk Serenade, Ranchera Falaz

Ecuador native, Javier Jara, put his music degree in classical guitar performance to jaw-dropping use in his standout Latin American folk single, Ranchera Falaz.

The rich and sonorous serenade carries enough euphonic beguile to almost resonate as haunting, but it’s never all too long before the next progressive shift dips you into a new emotional connection with the acoustic single. The intuitively picked guitar notes and emotionally eloquent Latin folk vocals resound powerfully enough to rival a 100-piece orchestra.

Currently, Javier is a member of the Latin Artist Access Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in Austin, TX. Javier was recently selected as a finalist in Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition.

Ranchera Falalz is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Latino fusionist, ROLF has released his most seductive track to date with OTRA NOCHE DE AMANTES

To follow on from his 2021 debut single, Soltera, the Latino alt-pop artist, ROLF unleashed his vibe-packed 6-track EP, ILUSIONES. For new fans to his seductively soulful style, OTRA NOCHE DE AMANTES is the ultimate introduction.

With the Spanish lyricism, for English monolingual minds, there’s an air of mystery. When the lyrics are translated, ROLF keeps his enigmatic allure which also resonates in his fusion of spacey ambient electronica, Latin pop, and RnB.

To amplify the demure energy, ROLF brought in jazz and rock nuances to ensure that you are well and truly transfixed by the outro. OTRA NOCHE DE AMANTES may be a short and sweet track, but considering that it delivers 2-minutes of aural bliss, it leaves nothing to be desired.

OTRA NOCHE DE AMANTES is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

West Coast vibes meet Latin urban rhythm in Victor Josue’s latest single, Ad Maiora

The up and coming San Diego born and raised artist Victor Josue’s music spans Latin urban and west coast vibes. His latest single, Ad Maiora, is the perfect introduction to his smooth soul-driven sound that is garnering plenty of international hype for its hazy melodies and evocative punches.

Ad Maiora was the third single released by Josue; his upcoming debut album promises to be a dynamic smorgasbord of multi-genre ingenuity that breaks the monocultural mould. For any urban music fans that appreciate fresh vision and talent, Josue’s sun-soaked contemporary urban sound isn’t to be overlooked.

Ad Maiora is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kelly Teh and Cris Tanzi: Exotically Inviting Latin Jazz

Malaysian born multi-instrumentalist Kelly Teh and London-based Jazz singer Cris Tanzi teamed up to create the most exotically inviting single which you’ll hit play on this year.

The chemistry perceptibly spilt from “Amano” as the Indie power couple poured their respective talents, soul and culture into the incandescent soundscape. The Latin Jazz single boasts accessible elements of Hip Hop along with infusions of Funk and Soul to create a dynamic hit which may put you off monocultural music for life.

My unilingual mind may not have been able to extrapolate the exact meaning from the lyrics, but the purifying, warming tones were efficacious all the same.

You can check out the sublimely sun-kissed soundscape for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Angel Sanchez delivers delicate Latin sweetness with new release ‘Atrapado’

Angel Sanchez has released new track ‘Atrapado’ a delicate-yet-powerful new Latin Pop track. 

‘Atrapado’ introduces Sanchez in a sweet and airy soundscape before it propels into a swinging dancehall-inspired groove that’s impressively textured and subtle. It’s a technically impressive piece as Sanchez is able to undulate with considerable skill on each verse, It’s a great track and ‘Atrapado’  rounds off Sanchez’ foray into latin dancehall with aplomb and he should pick up fans on this release. 

The modern, tight writing and intricate vocal mixing gives ‘Atrapado’  a real hit quality and we’re looking forward to seeing what this exciting Latin pop artist does next. Check it out. 

You can listen to ‘Atrapado’ on Angel Sanchez’ Spotify page now.

Mike Moonnight – Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha: Virally Infectious Latino Dance

If you’ve somehow managed to let the viral hit “Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha” pass you by, prepare for a Latino Dance mix which definitely isn’t easily forgotten. Mike Moonnight has become renowned for his infectiously energetic hits created by fusing elements of Reggaeton, Latin, and Brazilian. Yet their 2018 hit Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha has made international waves.

Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha is a high-octane, highly danceable mix. But thanks to its earworm potential, it’s a track your synapses will crave day or night. The Trance beats sit in a bed of warm, vibrant, intensely rhythmic Reggaeton which will definitely appeal to your own rhythmic pulses.

You can check out Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Latino artist Hayz drops their latest track “Duro” ft Balam Kiel  

Up and coming Latino Hip Hop artist Hayz has recently dropped their latest track “Duro” in collaboration with the deftly talented Balam Kiel. Together they cooked up a fresh Summer hit which wasn’t afraid to play with traditional rhythms which spill plenty of rich, vibrant textures into the mix.

With Duro, you get everything which monocultural music can’t offer, the exoticism reverberates around the intricate instrumentals as the track ebbs and flows in momentum while the bilingual vocals amp up the energy of the infectious hit.

With slow and sultry progressions in the verse which seamlessly evolve into sun-soaked euphoria in the choruses, it’s hard to let this track fade out without being enveloped in the flow of this melodious hit.

You can check out Hayz’ latest track Duro for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A.Sanchez Releases Latin Infused Track “No Quiero Despertar”

Music in the modern world is a wonderful blend of cross cultural interaction, a mixing of geographical location and heritage, and as the world becomes a smaller place and people become ever more fluid in where life takes them, those musical mixes become ever more interesting and diverse. A Sanchez is the perfect example of this. Raised on a combination of Latin traditions and rock hits he began exploring all manner of musical styles and eventually obtained a degree in sound engineering.

The music he makes reflects the diversity of the modern musician and whilst it bristles with the  spice and groove of southern climes, there is also the bristle of the urban backdrop to be found in its harder rap-edged deliveries and the electronic motifs which sit side by side with the more usual South American sounds. No Quiero Desperatar is the perfect song to represent the modern musical world, a wonderful mix of tradition and modernity, of iconic sounds grooves and cutting edge musicality, of geographical blending and of heading into a whole new and very bright creative future. I looks like music is in a pair of very safe hands.

A&R Factory Present: Alex Rosales

The independent singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Alex Rosales has released his latest studio endeavor, a single entitled ‘High On This Love.’ The California-based performer has previously found notable success in the Spanish rock outfit, Mantra, and through remixing Spanish Top 40 hits for Warner Music. Rosales has been a YouTube sensation, too, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on his work. Is ‘High On This Love’ worth taking a listen to, though? Let’s dig in and find out!

Right out of the gate, it is worth mentioning that ‘High On This Love’ doesn’t do anything new in any capacity. It doesn’t experiment with any sounds you haven’t heard before, Rosales’ songwriting is fairly generic, and the production is exactly what you’ll hear if you tune into your local Top 40 station. With that said, however, it’s not a bad song. In fact, it’s actually quite decent.

‘High On This Love’ is a pop love ballad with stereotypical lines the likes of “I could show you the world,” a lyric that should really best be left in ‘Aladdin.’ It’s also a very charismatic pop song, though, and despite its endless cliches, it’s an enjoyable listen. Rosales’ voice is spectacularly good, and it’s very refreshing to hear a vocalist who hasn’t been noticeably altered in post-production. His passionate performance sells this song.

Instrumentally, it’s a very noninvasive song. You could spin Rosales’ music in the backdrop of just about any activity and it would be perfectly apt. That’s perfect Top 40 music: infectiously catchy, inoffensive, and on occasion, actually intriguing to sit down and listen to. Nobody is going to accuse Rosales of being the voice of a generation or a poet, but he’s not trying to be either. He’s trying to do honest pop music. That’s worth respecting, and bubbly pop tunes like this singles are still worth having around.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that I would like to see Rosales explore more compelling territory in the future. ‘High On This Love’ is all fine and good, but he has a set of vocal chops that could enter the realms of soul, R&B, or just about anything else. Rosales owes it to himself to equip himself with stronger material than this. Hence, this is a song worth adding to your spring break playlist this season. It’s good, clean fun that’s well produced. It’s also indicative of an artist who could probably do even greater things with the right tools.

Words By Brett Stewart