Summer is in full swing, which means BBQ's, driving long distances to see your family or relaxing by the pool. You may have your hands full while packing for a trip or cooking for your friends and family. If that's the case, then you should check out these songs and albums to keep you company.
1. Energía — J Balvin
J Balvin is working to make Reggaeton a global phenomenon, and after listening to his latest album, Energía, he could very well accomplish that goal. With guest tracks featuring Yandel, Daddy Yankee and Pharrell Williams, the album solidifies J Balvin as one of the world's top Reggaeton artists today.
If you love Tejano and Norteño music, you may need to download Intocable's 19th studio album. After nearly 30 years of creating music and performing, Intocable has produced "Highway," a 14-song ode to their musical roots, their long career and what they plan to write next.
3. Carlos Vives & Shakira — La Bicicleta
It's actually happening. Shakira and Carlos Vives collaborated on a song together, and now they're going on tour together. The colombianos are touring worldwide, but if you can't get a ticket just yet, here's the next best thing: "La Bicicleta."
4. Florent Pagny — Habana
Florent Pagny has lived in Miami and Argentina, and the music has influenced the Frenchman's latest album: Habana. His idea for a Cuban album matured as he watched upheavals shake the island, and the resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. While working on the album in Havana, Pagny and his longtime friend, Cuban Raúl Paz, decided to highlight the strong emotions Cubans and Cuban-Americans felt as diplomatic relations thawed through beautiful boleros and songs.
5. Nitty Scott, MC — Creature
If you like subversive rap, Nitty Scott, MC's upcoming album, "Creature," is just for you. The Afro-Boricua rapper describes the album as "Afro-Latina Girl Magic," a celebration of her intersecting identities within her femininity, heritage and her blackness. In the meantime, listen to her track "Flower Child" with Kendrick Lamar, or buy The Art of Chill.
BONUS: Pillar Point — "Dove"
Have you ever thought about dancing your way through Bogotá, Colombia? Pillar Point's "Dove" music video features just that. The dancer in the video, Kia Labeija, vogues next to ancient colonial buildings and down cobblestoned streets. While the genre of the song is American Indie-pop, watching this video is a Latin American experience in its own.