The Contenders, Vol. 7: The songs we can't stop playing this week : All Songs Considered This week's update to our list of the year's best songs includes thunderous shoegaze from Wisp, a classic Cuban piano piece from Dánae Olano, a deeply moving story from Pedro The Lion and more.

Featured artists and songs:
1. Pedro The Lion: "Modesto," from 'Santa Cruz'
2. Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly: "Destejer," from 'Mestizx'
3. Sheila E.: "Bemba Colorá (feat. Gloria Estefan)," from 'Bailar'
4. Lizzy McAlpine: "I Guess," from 'Older'
5. Dánae Olano: "Danzón para la abuela" from 'Children's Corner'
6. Wisp: "Pandora" from 'Pandora' EP

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The Contenders, Vol. 7: The songs we can't stop playing this week

The Contenders, Vol. 7: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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This week on the show, we pause to update our running list of the year's best songs with a profoundly moving story from Pedro the Lion about art and beauty and the dreams that drive us. We've also got a classic Cuban piano piece from Dánae Olano, thunderous shoegaze from Wisp, a polyrhythmic cover of Celia Cruz's "Bemba Colorá" from Sheila E. and more.

Hear The Songs

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras joins host Robin Hilton to share the songs they can't stop playing this week.

Featured artists and songs:

  1. Pedro the Lion: "Modesto," from Santa Cruz
  2. Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly: "DESTEJER," from MESTIZX
  3. Sheila E.: "Bemba Colorá (feat. Gloria Estefan)," from Bailar
  4. Lizzy McAlpine: "I Guess," from Older
  5. Dánae Olano: "Danzón para la abuela" from Children's Corner
  6. Wisp: "Pandora" from Pandora