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RS Latin Music Picks: Week of June 8th

Fresh new sounds from Iberoamerica, featuring Rafa Pabön, J Balvin, ChocQuibTown, Camilo and more

Rafa Pabön denounces police brutality in new track, "Sin Aire."

"As artists we need to feel and stand in solidarity," says Rafa Pabön, who denounces police brutality in new track, "Sin Aire."

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Does your weekend playlist need a little more seasoning? Rolling Stone Latin selects some of the best new music releases from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Keep track of the latest in Latin via our playlist on Spotify.

Rafa Pabön, “Sin Aire”

Puerto Rican rapper Rafa Pabön pulls no punches in his cutting new protest track, “Sin Aire,” or “Without Air.” The freestyle was written in memory of Black men slain by police, including George Floyd and Eric Garner, whose parting words “I can’t breathe” now carry a chilling resonance across the world. “If being black is a crime take me prisoner,” Pabön rhymes with a drilling furor in Spanish. “While there is no justice, the law will never have weight.”


ChocQuibTown, “Vuelve”

Latin Grammy-winning trio ChocQuibTown have dropped a vibrant new video for their song “Vuelve” — a balmy kiss goodbye to an ex-lover on the rebound. “You live like in the novelas/With expensive costumes and lots of fabric,” sings frontwoman Goyo in Spanish, skeptical of the former beau’s intentions. “You didn’t have a happy ending…/What is left is lost.” ChocQuibTown plan to perform “Vuelve” and more reggaeton and R&B fusion tracks off their new album, ChocQuibHouse, during their upcoming YouTube livestream on Friday at 8:30pm EST.

Chini.png, “Fricativa Velar Sorda”

This week Chini Ayarza, visual artist and leading lady of indie rock outfit Chini and the Technicians, debuted her new solo project, Chini.png. In “Fricativa Velar Sorda,” the lead single from her upcoming EP Ctrl + Z,  Ayarza contemplates the 2019 Chilean uprising and the quieting sense of oneness she shared with the demonstrators — who fended off local police and military forces alike in pursuit of economic justice. Ayarza writes that the music video, a compilation of stunning protest footage from Chile, was “directed by the people, who ceased to be invisible.”

J Balvin, “Azul”

A collaboration between director Colin Tilley and CGI studio Zenframes, the latest clip by J Balvin doubles as both music video and animated short. In “Azul,” Balvin stars as a blue-haired bachelor whose world is turned upside when his mail order girlfriend doll comes to life — and lives it up. “Azul” is the eighth visual released from Balvin’s 2020 album, Colores.

Camilo, Pablo Alborán, “El Mismo Aire”

In their latest single, “El Mismo Aire,” Colombian artist Camilo and Spanish singer-songwriter Pablo Alborán join forces to craft a high-drama breakup ballad — with a grounding touch of pop dembow.

Anuel AA feat. Farruko and Zion, “Que Se Joda”

Puerto Rican dons Anuel AA, Farruko and Zion make a motley crew in the splashy new video for “Que Se Joda,” or “Fuck It,” the latest single off Anuel’s blockbuster album, Emmanuel. Set to a carefree reggaeton lilt, the guys sing with equal abandon of seducing a married woman.


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