10 Best Latin Albums of 2016

Helado Negro, Alex Anwandter and more of the year's best from Latinx artists

Algodón Egipcio, 'La Confianza Ciega'

10. Algodón Egipcio, 'La Confianza Ciega'

Venezuela's Cheky Bertho has been making brightly colored ambient-folk under the Algodón Egipcio moniker since 2010, and La Confianza Ciega finds him incorporating house and hip-hop elements into his trademark sound. The result is his most vibrant collection of hazy electronic anthems yet. Opener "El Calor Especifico" is a joyous slice of chillwave, and easily the year's best song about thermodynamics. "La Estrella Irregular" and "El Olvido" are headphone-friendly jams fit for the beach as much as the bedroom, while "La Lectura Fundamental" goes harder than Russell Westbrook driving to the rim. The vocals stand at the front of the mix – meaning the lyrics not only enhance the melancholic productions, but serve as a forceful guide for each track. For Algodón Egipcio, beauty and brawn go hand-in-hand. A.C.