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Alt.Latino: Hot New Songs For The Dog Days Of Winter

You may have noticed that in recent shows, we've been playing songs that are a bit melancholy — some might even say sad. If you haven't checked them out yet, we recommend you do so with a box of tissues by your side.

Why so serious? Well, maybe it's because we're in Washington. It's freezing, it's cloudy, it's icy — not exactly uplifting weather.

We decided to switch it up this week and listen to new releases that feel like explosions of warmth. Argentina's La Ola Que Queria Ser Chau starts us off with a blueprint for the perfect summer, with an exuberant melody that feels like a last-minute escape to the beach with your lover. Zuzuka Poderosa makes us break into a sweat with her New York take on Brazilian funk. The up-and-coming Panamanian duo Los Rakas brings on the heat, while Chile's Ana Tijoux melts the Spanish language with her out-of-this-world lyrical style.

It's an amazing mix of new releases to get your heart rate up, and we've also got a bunch of free downloads. So put on your headphones, turn on your space heater, put on your beach clothes and get ready to dance.

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Alt.Latino: Hot New Tunes For The Dog Days Of Winter

Ojala Que Este Verano No Nos Maten

From 'Ojala Que Este Verano No Nos Maten EP'

By La Ola Que Queria Ser Chau

Sounds like: A spontaneous trip to the beach on a summer day

Coming at you from: Argentina

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From 'Celular'

By Zuzuka Poderosa

Sounds like: New York meets funk carioca

Coming at you from: Brazil

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Encantador De Serpientes

From 'Fantasma City'

By Fantasma

Sounds like: A Punjabi MC spins cumbia

Coming at you from: Argentina

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From 'P.B.T. 2: La Tanda Del Bus'

By Los Rakas

Sounds like: A flow like a machine gun.

Coming at you from: Panama/Oakland, Calif.

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Elefant Mixtape

From 'Elefant Mixtape'

By Ana Tijoux

Sounds like: The Erykah Badu of Latin rap.

Coming at you from: Chile

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El Riot

From 'El Final De La Era'

By Amós Piñeros

Sounds like: Dreamy, slowed-down hard rock.

Comes from: Colombia

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Lo Cierto

From 'Almismotiempo'

By Camila Moreno

Sounds like: A perfect blend of strong Chilean folk and rock.

Coming at you from: Chile

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From 'Daltonico'

By Enjambre

Sounds like: Tinges of Phoenix.

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.