Five Albums You May Have Missed This Year

We didn’t want you to start 2011 without having a listen to five stellar albums that may have flown below your radar.

Delorean, Subiza

Dreaming of Ibiza sunrises after a night of clubbing? Barcelona foursome Delorean fill in the gap with plenty of synths in their third studio album Subiza. The video for the first track, “Stay Close,” is a kaleidoscope of water and rays that will make you want to sway in the cool breeze.

Javiera Mena, Mena

The Chilean chanteuse delivers a languid collection of 80’s-inspired disco pop that showcases a soaring, husky voice on songs like the low-key “Hasta La Verdad.” Watch this clip and hear for the suberb strings at the end. 

Carla Morrison, Mientras tú dormías

Listening to Mexican songstress Morrison, you can’t help but recall some old love whose memory lives in the deepest recess of your mind. She just sings with a sincerity that gets you in the heartstrings. This album, produced by fellow Mexicana Natalia Lafourcade, is simply beautiful, as evidenced by the first song, “Compartir.”

AfroCubism, AfroCubism

A talented troupe of Cuban and Malian musicians collaborated on this album combining their countries’ best rhythms. Look out for Eliades Ochoa, “Cuba’s Johnny Cash,” in the cowboy hat. Here they are performing the song “Nima diyala” at the Mar de Musicas festival in Cartagena, Spain.

Grupo Fantasma, El Existential

This 10-piece Latin funk band from Texas is up for a Grammy for El Existential, an album that blends salsa, cumbia, rock, reggae and other sounds to get you to the dance-floor. The group’s horn players are so renowned, even Prince has them back him up in concert. Click here to learn about the making of the album.