Maybe as a result of in its present incarnation música urbana tackles such a big selection of influences — from the anticipated bounce of reggaetón to ominous lure moods, frantic dembow and a cool sprint of Latin pop — the style has grow to be a hub for freshness and creativity.
All 5 nominees for Greatest Música Urbana Album on the sixty fifth GRAMMY Awards are worldwide stars, however none of them allowed fame to guide into stagnation. Quite the opposite, their albums are outlined by leading edge innovation and difficult new sounds. Learn on to study extra about choices from Unhealthy Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Farruko, Maluma and Rauw Alejandro.
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Rauw Alejandro — TRAP CAKE, VOL. 2
Launched in 2019, the primary quantity of Lure Cake served as a laboratory the place the Puerto Rican singer experimented with uncommon textures. Vol. 2 marches on the identical avant-garde ideas, serving as a provocative bridge between Rauw’s genre-defining smash Vice Versa and his stressed third album Saturno.
The manufacturing is slick and ethereal on this luxurious mini-album seeped in a hazy cloud of melancholy nostalgia. The music box-like opening strains of “MUSEO” trace on the treasured ambient sonics at hand, whereas the distorted electrical guitar and aggressive downbeat of “GRACIAS POR TODO” opens up an intriguing window to the quirks of Rauw as potential rock’n’curler. Co-produced by Jamaican helmer Rvssian, the darkly hued “Caprichoso” options contributions by the singer’s romantic companion — the one and solely Rosalía.
Unhealthy Bunny — Un Verano Sin Ti
How do you rejoice the affirmation of your standing as a younger international pop star? Within the case of Unhealthy Bunny, he launched the final word summer season album — an imaginary mixtape, meant to be booming within the background because the poolside get together rages on.
The Puerto Rican phenomenon focuses on his traditional preoccupations — erotic foreplay, want as transcendent lifeforce, the stinging aftertaste of romantic separation — however the beats and layers of atmospherics are extra summary and psychedelic than on earlier releases. Although Un Verano Sin Ti boasts stellar collaborations with the likes of Tainy, Rauw Alejandro and Chencho Corleone, the album finds a few of its most compelling passages within the stylistic detours of “Ojitos Lindos” — with Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo — and the choice tropi-rock of “Otro Atardecer,” with the Marias.
Daddy Yankee — LEGENDADDY
2022 was the 12 months when the “Gasolina” pioneer shocked the Latin music institution by asserting his retirement at age 46. Luckily, Daddy Yankee’s farewell got here within the form of a sprawling get together document. LEGENDADDY looks like a passionate, and infrequently wistful, love letter to the limitless selection that has all the time outlined Afro-Caribbean music.
Yankee’s rapid-fire supply and reggaetón riddims are ever-present, after all, however the menu additionally consists of some wacky dembow (“BOMBÓN,” with Lil Jon and Dominican hitmaker El Alfa), and the actually wondrous fusion of salsa, reggaetón and spidery bachata strains on the kinetic “RUMBATÓN.” On “AGUA,” Yankee is joined by Rauw Alejandro and guitar god Nile Rodgers for a jam infused with post-disco zest. Yankee’s electrifying stay performances shall be missed, however this emotional swan music delivers an becoming epic finale to a outstanding profession.
Farruko — La 167
A seasoned veteran of the urbano panorama, Farruko has all the time been progressive in his mission to broaden stylistic boundaries. The title of his seventh studio album is a reference to the singer/songwriter’s childhood reminiscences: the 167 freeway within the Bayamón space of Puerto Rico the place he grew up.
On the similar time, the album additionally displays Farruko’s in depth travels throughout Latin America. “Pepas,” the gathering’s bonafide hit, is an anthemic electro-guaracha that stays near the style’s roots in Colombia. “Baja Cali” mixes Latin rap with the younger technology of corridos that defines the current of música mexicana, and the breezy “W.F.M.” (that includes Jamaican vocalist Mavado) delves into candy dancehall vibes. On “Jíbaro,” Farruko cherishes his boricua origins alongside bolero revivalist Pedro Capó. A person of the world, he sounds the happiest when he returns house.
Maluma — The Love & Intercourse Tape
In 2021, Maluma stunned followers by releasing #7DJ (7 Días En Jamaica), a refreshing EP of reggae infused tracks. A silky mini-album made up of eight new songs, The Love & Intercourse Tape finds the Medellín native delving again into the sensuous reggaetón narratives that made him well-known.
A duet with fellow Colombian Feid, “Mojando Asientos” is appropriately frisky, and the self-explanatory “Nos Comemos Vivos” beneficial properties in depth because of the streetwise angle of the ever-present Chencho Corleone. Maluma surrenders to hedonism with abandon, reaching the pure conclusion that life is, certainly, fairly stunning (“La Vida Es Bella.”) A cultured ending, “Glad Birthday” incorporates the soulful groove of Afrobeats, hinting that Maluma’s good artistic detours will floor once more in subsequent works.
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