Los Colores -- With their tight combination of Latin bolero and classic indie rock, we predict that Los Colores will be the next young band from Venezuela's energetic music scene to earn some solid Latin Alternative buzz, like their countrymen La Vida Boheme and Los Mesoneros before them. Lead singer/guitarist Alejandro Sojo has the dark bedroom eyes of the proverbial Latin lover, and a seductive delivery that's the stuff of 70s romantic icons. Their self-titled debut on AOA / Discos Caracas is due out in Venezuela on February 5. Look for it in digital stores stateside soon after.
Max Capote -- Maybe it's a little about the cool swagger and the black shades, but make no mistake that Capote is utterly addictive thanks to a voice that pairs well with his signature ‘60s Motown sound. Born in Uruguay, the singer/songwriter received a Latin Grammy nomination for best new artist in 2011 and since then has been a music festival fixture. Up next is a new album due in the spring on Mexican indie Intolerancia.
Raul y Mexia -- "Arriba y Lejos", singer and rapper brothers Raul y Mexia's first album as a duo, says a lot about where they come from, and gives a good indication of where they're going (one likely destination is radio). The California-raised sons of Los Tigres del Norte bassist and vocalist Hernán Hernandez, together with Mexican producer/DJ Toy Selectah, debut on Nacional Records with an instinctive fusion of roots, rap, beats and vocals that's better heard than explained. Let's just say this is what good Latin pop sounds like today.
Nena Guzman -- The regional Mexican singer returns with a second project slated for release during the second half of 2013. If YouTube is an indicator, this new voice on the music scene is bound for a bigger stage thanks to a large following. Guzman was launched on the Del Records label -- home of popular acts such as Gerardo Ortiz, Regulo Caro and Martin Castillo, via Sony Latin -- at a time when there are few women from her generation singing corridos and igniting the genre.
Oscarcito -- Already a star in Venezuela, salsa singer Oscarcito is close to signing a major label deal stateside thanks to impetus from his hit "Tu Eres Perfecta," which reached No. 1 in Venezuela, and to "Si Tu Me Besas," which he wrote for salsero Victor Manuelle and hit No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Airplay charts. Oscarcito writes catchy, theme-based ditties that should impact U.S. radio with his own voice.
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