5 Latinx Indie Artists and Bands You Need to Listen to Now

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To celebrate the first day of Latinx Heritage Month / Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting some of our favorite artists and bands who happen to be of Latin descent. For years Latinx has been overlooked when it comes to indie music, these artists are some of the most underrepresented in this expansive genre, but that has changed. As mainstream music media and brands finally get on board, we at Grimy Goods have been talking about it since day one.

Grimy Goods is a first-generation Latin American indie music platform, with an incredible team that is also of Latin and POC descent. We are excited to continue celebrating our sisters and brothers from Latin descent and beyond. Press play below on these five amazing Latinx indie acts you need to hear.

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Driven by a desire to bring communities together, make people feel deeply, and move them along the way, Los Angeles-based musician, performer, DJ, and filmmaker — soltera drums saturated and bouncy house/dance tunes that combine hypnotic rhythms, sultry vocals and a floating experimental sound.

Colombian-American artist Tania Ordonezbegan producing his own music in 2018. Relying on extensive use of synthesizers, drum machines and whatever else helped advance his dark and haunting electronics, Soltera released his debut EP Sin Compromised just last year. Its wildly cathartic and vigorous soundscapes provide a space in which fans can rage to the bitter end, whatever emotions they feel the need to purge.

Visit Soltera website and instagram to stay up to date on new releases and tour announcements.

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Born in Los Angeles and raised for most of her teenage years in Mexico, Aroe Phoenix is ​​a trilingual singer-songwriter whose precious voice adds to the mystique of her brand new take on R&B. With a knack for blending R&B with modern pop in a way that lovingly and intensely reflects the emotionally charged worlds inside her.

Aroe Phoenix just reissued it Alba PE. These new versions have been remixed and remastered by Cesar Mejia at Shelter Studios in Boyle Heights and feature songs like the upbeat pop track “Cansar en Paz,” which was Phoenix’s first song that caught our eye. His latest single “Space + Space” is a brilliant attempt at introspection warmly lit by the warm vocal baths of the artist from Los Angeles. Over simmering rhythms and spacious soundscapes filled with scattered screams and lush tones, Aroe Phoenix cuts through a thicket of personal epiphanies.

Visit Arie Phoenix instagram to stay up to date on new releases and tour announcements. Follow Aroe Phoenix on Spotify.

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As a vehicle for producer and singer/songwriter Kristen Castro’s brilliant retro creations, wild heart club began as a coping mechanism for a double breakdown of a relationship and his group. Stuck indoors like everyone else during the pandemic, the Mexican-American artist found catharsis as she retreated into both digital and analog dreamworlds of her sleek indie-pop, and when she finally emerged , it was with his first album Arcade back at Manitou.

With a soft and delicate voice, Castro takes you on a delicious ride full of dazzling melodies and of course his lush voice that feels like a warm embrace. A bit of Cocteau Twins and a pinch of Fleetwood Mac, Castro delights his listeners with brilliant crescendos and lyrical emotion that touches on everything from grief to hope and progression. We can’t wait for this Portland-based artist to perform in LA

Visit Wild Heart Club on their website, Facebookand instagram to stay up to date on new releases and tour announcements.

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Originally a four-piece pop band formed in 2017, the band’s metamorphosis Lucys left him a solo act, led by original and only remaining band member Mono Hai. Despite a heavy transformation and a pandemic, Lucys persevered to create a laid-back vibe and create tunes that are about to break your heart and then put them back together.

Fleeting, vaporous and with an air of impermanence, Lucys amplifies the boundaries of emotions, touching on the transient nature of existence captured via snapshots of a person’s life. His first album, I know it will end, but I don’t wanna let go, builds stories about love, loss, and finding or losing your path in life. Lucy’s latest single “AL!RGHT,” a sweet collab with Andy Phantom, gives off sexy love vibes you can’t deny.

For more from Lucys, be sure to follow her on instagram and Twitter.

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Led by vocalist/bassist Tatiana Velazquez, the people of Long Beach asi-fui released their new 4-song EP, Gold, last April, with a dynamic sound ranging from dreamy pop as heard in their infectious title track to afro-beats and big band sounds as amplified in “In a Daydream”. With their new EP originally written in 2019, the band returned to the drawing board after the coronavirus pandemic hit the world. Take the time to experiment with their sound and add a new member to the group.

Composed of Velazquez, Mazza, drummer Ryan Reiff and guitarist Miguel Vasquez, Asi Fui creates atmospheric music that blends a variety of genres and tones, including Afro-Cuban rhythms, psychedelia and indie rock. The group’s name comes from a Spanish saying that Velazquez’s grandmother used to write in her photographs with what she was doing at the time. Its meaning; that’s how I was. The simple phrase has become a guide for the group as it grows, weathers life’s many surprises, and reacts at a moment’s notice.

To learn more about Asi Fui, be sure to visit their website, band camp and follow them on instagram

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