RIYL-ty Bytes: Helado Negro

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Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile a playlist of tracks that are resonating with them.

From Helado Negro, to you ~ 

I’ve put together a playlist of music from friends and folks whose music has traveled with me over the years. It’s a long list and the order can be shuffled. Music from close friends like Xenia Rubinos, Ela Minus, Lori Scacco and collaborators L’Rain, Zenizen, Buscabulla. All folks who mean so much to me as friends but also whose work I deeply admire. Also humans I don’t know but whose work I adore like Luiza Brina, Maria Marquez, Eduardo Mateo. Strong Latin America representation here : )

Listen and let these tunes lay in your brain.


  1. “Laugh Clown” – Xenia Rubinos
  2. “Canto del Pilon” – Frank Harris, Maria Marquez
  3. “A.R.P.” – Ela Minus
  4. “Bat” – L’Rain
  5. “Quiero” – Divino Niño
  6. “Ciudad Desnuda” – Maria Usbeck
  7. “Costi” – Luiza Brina
  8. “Cuerpo y Alma” – Eduardo Mateo
  9. “Alright” – Tasha
  10. “Titán” – Buscabulla
  11. “Follow the Leader” – Zenizen
  12. “This Love” – Bobby Oroza
  13. “Enchanted Mirror” – Luiz Bonfá
  14. “A La Nit” – Savath & Savalas
  15. “Green” – KAINA
  16. “Cuatro Crazy” – Y La Bamba
  17. “Folia” – Luisa Maita
  18. “Guaracha U.F.O – No Estamos Solos…” – Meridian Brothers
  19. “So I Don’t Feel Useless” – Dianna Lopez
  20. “Como Será Que a Música Começa” – Luiza Brina
  21. “Uiuí” – EVHA
  22. “Dr. Tom” – IGBO, Mono Neon
  23. “How Beautiful Could A Being Be – Ao Vivo” – Caetano Veloso
  24. “Ampárame” – Combo Chimbita
  25. “Barlovento” – Bairoa
  26. “My Boyfriend’s in the Band” – Devendra Banhart
  27. “Frío (feat. Helado Negro)” – Buscabulla
  28. “Back to Electric” – Lori Scacco
  29. “Echo Arms” – Mr Twin Sister
  30. “La Neta” – Fatima
  31. “Todo Homem” – Ao Vivo – Zeca Veloso, Caetano Veloso, Moreno Veloso
  32. “Nostalgia Del Futuro” – NOIA
  33. “Reeling Then Again (feat. Tim Delaney)” – Lori Scacco, Tim Delaney
  34. “Love Like (Knock It Off)” – Gemma

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Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile – Out Today

This Is How You Smile is available today on LP, CD, and digital formats ~

Learn more + order at the shop – and check out Pitchfork’s BNM review!

Helado Negro’s tour continues through North America ~ and if you’re around NYC, he’ll be signing records at Rough Trade on March 13th at 8pm

Helado Negro – “Running”

Helado Negro shares “Running,” the third offering from his upcoming album This Is How You Smile. “Running” follows recent singles “Pais Nublado” and “Please Won’t Please,” leading us further down the road to Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth record.

“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you,” says Lange. “The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”

Director David Merten paces through the gentle spaces of “Running” in his video for the single. “I intentionally shot and edited the video with a frenetic pace to counter the mellow vibe of the song. The video concept was based around trying to outrun the past, while repeating it. Running in circles with no true end to the journey,” says Merten.