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Alt.Latino's Spring New Music Roundup

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Alt.Latino's Spring New Music Roundup

Alt.Latino's Spring New Music Roundup

Hear New Songs By Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, La Vida Boheme And More

Alt.Latino's Spring New Music Roundup

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Café Tacvba will release its first new album in five years this May.

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There is so much great new music coming out over the next couple of months that I had to hire a truck to deliver all the CDs to Alt.Latino World Headquarters.

Then someone said, "Why don't you just download them?"

A typical "Duh!" moment for an old-schooler who still prefers CDs, or even vinyl. But I digress: This week, we're featuring 22 albums that have been or are being released this March, April and May. We have big names like Café Tacvba, which is putting out its first album in five years. But we're also featuring rising stars like Enrique Infante, an indie artist from Houston whom I met a few years ago at the Latin Alternative Music Conference and who has been making music that deserves a much wider audience. The styles here range from folk to electronic to pop to rock to jazz — and all the things that fall between categories.

It is an extremely healthy time for our little corner of the music world — and, as usual, we try to bring you music you won't be able to find anywhere else. So put on those earbuds and check out the show. Then get to downloading, streaming — or, hey, even popping in that CD.

Hear The Songs

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Ondatrópica

  • Song: Bogotá
  • from Baile Bucanero

This collective gets better and better with each album as it settles into a one-of-a-kind take on Afro-Colombian music.

Baile Bucanero is available now.

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Café Tacvba

  • Song: Futuro
  • from Jei Beibei

These guys have been on the cutting edge for so long they don't know anything else. This single from their upcoming album gives us a hint of things to come.

Jei Beibei comes out May 5.

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Nick Hakim

  • Song: Bet She Looks Like You
  • from Green Twins

"Up and coming" doesn't do this singer justice — he croons with the passion of someone much older.

Green Twins comes out May 19.

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Les Amazones d'Afrique

  • Song: I Play The Kora
  • from Republique Amazone

A stunningly beautiful single from an album that defies categorization, all in the name of support for African women.

Republique Amazone is available now.

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La Santa Cecilia

  • Song: Leña de Puríl
  • from Amar Y Vivir

Here's the SoCal band's latest single, from an upcoming visual album recorded in historic Mexico City locations. It looks as great as it sounds.

Amar Y Vivir comes out May 12.

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01Preludio (Ejiogbe)

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Ìfé

  • Song: Preludio (Ejiogbe)
  • from IIII + IIII

This band does things with tradition that move the spirit as well as the body. A major musical statement made with devotion and dedication.

Iiii+Iiii is available now.

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Chico Mann and Captain Planet

  • Song: La Oscuridad
  • from Night Visions

This amazingly talented DJ duo explores the magic of santería with studio magic and limitless imagination.

Night Visions is available now.

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Natalia Lafourcade

  • Song: Tu Si Sabes Quererme
  • from Musas

This smart, adventurous, pop-influenced ode to Mexican tradition features musicians who also played with iconic ranchera singer Chavela Vargas.

Musas comes out May 5.

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Troker

  • Song: La Trampa
  • from 1919 Musica Para Cine

This album promises jazz, electronic music, space jams and beyond, from the Mexican band that pays tribute and defies genres all at once.

1919 Musica Para Cine is available now.

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Lara Bello

  • Song: Sikame
  • from Sikame

Here you'll find captivating vocals, astounding musicianship and a creative blending of jazz with music from Spain, Africa and Latin America.

Sikame is available now.

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06Gostoso Demais

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Romero Lubambo Trio

  • Song: Gostoso Demais
  • from Sampa

This guitarist is a magician with an unmistakable blend of jazz, Brazilian music and perfection.

Sampa comes out May 5.

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06Mujer Perdida

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Vince Mira

  • Song: Mujer Perdida
  • from El Radio

El Radio is a gorgeously atmospheric album from a vocalist you may not know, but will never forget.

El Radio comes out June 16.

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06Las Rutas de la Luna

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Enrique Infante

  • Song: Las Rutas de la Luna
  • from El Detalle Que Faltaba

This very talented Houston-based indie musician's work should be heard far and wide.

El Detalle Que Faltaba is available now.

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Alex Cuba

  • Song: Lagrimas de que Llora
  • from Lo Único Constante

The Cuban vocalist from Canada collaborates with Spanish guitarist Josemi Carmona and percussionist Bandolero.

Lo Ùnico Constante is available now.

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07Locked In

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Eddie Palmieri

  • Song: Locked In
  • from Sabiduria

At 80 years old, the pianist is still making music that challenges and swings — a master musician, for sure.

Sabiduria comes out April 21.

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Cilantro Boombox

  • Song: Love For Money
  • from Shine

An intoxicating mix of funk with music from Latin America and the Caribbean — and thrilling live shows — have made this band an Austin favorite.

Shine is available now.

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Battle Of Santiago

  • Song: Pa' Bailar
  • from La Migra

This is just a slice of an album filled with expertly performed innovation on Cuban tradition, from Canada with love.

La Migra comes out April 28.

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Combo Camagüey

  • Song: Paraná
  • from Macondo Revisitado The Roots of Subtropical Music/Uruguay 1975-1979

Hear some vintage tracks from a collection of roots music recorded in Uruguay between 1975 and 1979 — thanks to Vampisoul Records, a roots label based in Madrid.

Macondo Revisitado is available now.

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Quetzal

  • Song: Get To Knowing
  • from The Eternal Getdown

This veteran band always ignores boundaries in expressing its love for Mexican roots music. This track features a collaboration with Aloe Blacc.

The Eternal Getdown is available now.

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12Cumbia En La India

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Andres Landero

  • Song: Cumbia En La India
  • from Yo Amaneci

Our friends at Vampisoul Records — experts at recovering historic recordings — are putting out this collection of Colombian cumbia accordion by a heralded master.

Yo Amanecí is available now.

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06La Morena

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Las Cafeteras

  • Song: La Morena
  • from Tastes Like LA

This band keeps tradition alive with dedication, imagination and very deep musicality.

Tastes Like LA is available now.

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La Vida Bohéme

  • Song: Você
  • from La Lucha

Another album's worth of contemporary rock from the Venezuelan group adds to its already impressive musical history.

La Lucha is available now.

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