Let’s face it, there are days when one can cope with life, when keeping abreast of what’s going on around us is no longer an emotion-laden spur to become a more cumbersome task just between lowering the garbage and watering the plants.
If you don’t have time to be up to date with the latest releases, the fear of missing out doesn’t go with you or you’re just too fat to waste time listening to bands you don’t know you’re going to like (hey, we didn’t judge you… we’ve all been there!) you’re in for a treat. At Esquire, in an exercise of broridity and sorority that we hope you will appreciate, we have dived through the barrage of releases and musical novelties to bring you the good, the best.
There is a variety of styles and moods. There are instant pepinazos and growers, those songs that don’t convince you and then you can’t live without them. There are indie guitars, danceable mandanga and hip hop, so you can play it and enjoy it. There is music from here, there and everywhere. Because it’s Friday and the weekend lurks. Because life cannot be understood without good songs. Because an article that uses the adverb “acullá” could never be bad. Listen! Enjoy!
Soledad Velez – Arrow
Soledad Vélez has inside her head an extremely cool film from the eighties. It’s called Flecha and it’s a cult film with an unforgettable staging and extremely charismatic characters. We don’t know the plot of this film and, of course, we’re never going to see it, but at least we can hear its soundtrack over and over again.
La Casa Azul – The Moment
The time to wait until Guille Milkyway’s new album arrives becomes milder if the singles in advance are hits of the stature of El Momento. His idyll with perfect danceable pop seems endless, and has not been affected by his new television facet as an OT teacher or his collaboration with Fangoria. Never change, Guille.
Putochinomaricón -Gente De Mierda
Chenta Tsai gathers the best of the Autro-Hungarian spirit and its surroundings and regurgitates it in the form of synth pop as direct as it is irresistible. He has attitude, voice and lyrics to become the star that Spanish modernity needs right now. He performed with El Último Vecino in Madrid and, if you were around, its an event not to miss out.
Bad Gyal – Blink
The swag chief, the queen of autotune, the high priestess of wiggle. Bad Gyal started the year with a very shiny mixtape under the arm. She enlisted El Guincho to give a more shine to this Blink that places her, if necessary, a little higher up in the Olympus of the dancehall.
La Plata – Me voy
Valencians La Plata have filtered influences like Joy Division and a good handful of indie groups from the nineties between the epic and the noisy, turning it into a sound with recognizable personality and, most importantly, conveying the thrill of enjoying something vibrant and fresh. Write down this name because, if you don’t twist it, you’ll soon see them on the main stage of their festival headline.
Janelle Monae – Make me feel
Is there anything Janelle Monae doesn’t know how to do? She sings well, dances wonderfully and has a wonderful taste for a walk in a very wide terrain where funk, r’n’b, pop and soulazo fit. And she’s also a very good actress with an excellent nose for choosing roles. this song is pure Prince, yes, but it’s also pure Janelle. And that’s a lot to say.
Janelle Monae – Rosebud
Looking back to create the future. U.S. Girls’ eighth album, or Meghan Remy, is modern, sharp and intelligent. In addition, it features this synthesizer pop pillorazo that reminds us of the more restrained Blow Monkeys (and no saxophone) and a lot of groups from the eighties when there was a lot of money to record records. I would be a candidate for perennial summer night favorites.
Troye Sivan – My My My My!
This very young Australian artist (22 years old) managed to leave behind a promising career as a children’s actor and end up becoming a musical phenomenon with a video hit from Youtube. His formula is an unprejudiced and hedonistic danceable pop of that which comes easily and at the first time.
Migos – Made Men
That Migos made last year one of the most appealing albums of the international hip hop scene (call it trap, if you want) is something that every son of a neighbor knows and, if not, well said. That the sequel to that Culture, published this year, is an ode to excess and disproportion, well, too. His two dozen songs, some with the collaboration of Kanye West, Pharrel Williams or Gucci Mane, make what could have been a memorable album remains a real sobrada, but with things like this Made Men, which take away the dance.