With the way things are in the world, there’s no doubt that we all need a break from everyday life, and sometimes that can be through music. Having a good soundtrack to really make you the main character of everything is very important. Not only does it inspire new ways to reinvent yourself, but it can also expose you to some great new artists who might just become your favorites of the year.
So to help you out, here are some new Spanish-speaking artists you should listen to and expand your repertoire.
Daniel, Me Estas Matando
If you’re Latinx, you might be familiar with boleros, and if you’ve never listened to Daniel, Me Estás Matando, you might think you’ve traveled back in time.
Composed by Daniel Zepeda and Iván de la Rioja in 2018, the Mexican group is a modern take on Spanish love songs that have transcended borders. Their first single “¿Qué Se Siente Que Me Gustes Tanto?” has over 21 million streams on Spotify, and it’s reminiscent of Agustin Lara’s songwriting style. Their contemporary take on boleros is gorgeous and an obvious good introduction for Gen Z to a genre that can be forgotten.
Mexico City native Mariana de Miguel, better known as Girl Ultra, lands more in the R&B genre than indie or alternative. His debut album “Adios” is just eight songs long and features Tijuana native and rapper Fntxy in the song “Bye Bye.”
In her second album “Nuevos Aires”, Girl Ultra introduces Spanglish into her repertoire by
“DameLove” featuring Cuco, another Spanglish singer from Hawthorne, CA. Cuco’s song “Lover Is a Day” from his debut album “Wannabewithu” has over 100,000,000 streams on Spotify.
Girl Ultra’s sensual and dark voice is undoubtedly one of the artist’s most outstanding characteristics, in addition to her keen sense of musical production. With a cover of Miguel Bosé’s “Morena Mia” on her second album, Girl Ultra proves she can do it all and is definitely one to watch.
With eclectic and catchy tunes, Colombian singer, dancer, songwriter and visual artist, Esteban Mateus Williamson is shaping the Latin music scene.
In 2019, Esteman revealed to his fans that he was a proud member of the LGBTQ community with the visuals for his song “Fuimos Amor.” The artist told Billboard that he has already come out to family and friends, but was advised not to share this information publicly.
His album of the same year “Amor Libre” is probably what marked his international debut; his music always invites Latin sounds into his work more than the usual modernity of new Spanish-speaking artists. In “Amor Libre”, his opening song “Solo” is a Colombian sound through and through. Similarly, on her latest album “Si Volviera A Nacer,” the title track features Grammy-winning artist Lila Downs and a mix of acoustic sounds and equally catchy beats.
Elsa and Elmar
Colombian singer Elsa Carvajal is a one woman show. The artist, who artistically goes by Elsa y Elmar, once described his music as “spiritual pop”, which is perhaps an apt description of his sultry sounds.
Her most popular song “Ojos Noche” has over 60 million streams on Spotify, and even received a feature with renowned Mexican indie artist Carla Morrison in 2020. She has also had other collaborations with the singer and actress Mexican Ximena Sariñana, and the Mexican band Little Jesus. with their contemporary bachata song “Se Fue”. She also collaborated on the bolero-style song “Grecia” with Daniel, Me Estás Matando.
Although she’s still a little performer, Elsa y Elmar is sure to make quite a splash soon.
The Mexican quintet Little Jesus is a mix of pop, indie and rock, with an occasional side of acoustic sounds. Founded in 2012 by Santiago Casillas on vocals, Truco Sánchez Rucobo on drums, Fernando Bueno on guitar, Arturo Vázquez-Vela on keyboards and Carlos Medina on bass, the band has made a name for itself on the Latin indie rock scene. .
Their collaborations also helped catapult their audience, and in addition to working with Elsa y Elmar and Ximena Sariñana, they also worked with Girl Ultra in the song “Fuera De Lugar”, one of their sexiest songs in terms of rhythm and sound. .
Silvana Estrada’s more acoustic sounds are what set her apart from other artists on this list. His music is strongly based on his voice and his particular instrument, the Venezuelan cuatro.
Her recent debut album “Marchita” was full of memorable lyrics and sounds that really felt like walking through Estrada’s brain. More folk than indie, Estrada should be the next artist to add to your list of new music, especially if you’re looking to break out of the usual indie or alternative genres.