Audacy's Alternalido playlist for May 23 ft. Reyna Tropical, The Expanders, and Nancy Arteaga

Airing Sunday nights at 10PM
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Alternalido is your new favorite mixtape of vibrant Latin Alternative sounds.

This English-language show features music that is bold, daring and different, from a wide array of artists spanning the U.S., Latin America, and the world. Airing Sunday nights 10-11PM hosted by SUBSUELO members Canyon Cody and DJ ETHOS.

Listen on your favorite Audacy Alternative stations, including KROQ in Los Angeles, ALT 103.7 in Dallas, ALT 107.5 in Las Vegas, 104.3 The Shark in Miami, ALT 92.3 in New York, FM 101.9 in Orlando, ALT 94.7 in Sacramento, ALT 94.9 in San Diego, and ALT 105.3 in San Francisco.


This week's Alternalido Artist Spotlight is with one of host Canyon Cody's favorite bands -- Reyna Tropical. You'll know he's serious if you've been following along with our weekly playlists. Los Angeles and Portland musicians Fabi Reyna and Nectali Díaz (also known as Sumohair) met during the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp, hosted at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival. "It was a privilege to be a part of," says Díaz. He explains the now-defunct program as one that "hand-picked different creatives and music makers from different parts of the U.S. and bring them together in a camp where they had them meet up and make music and create."

"We hit it off the first night," Díaz adds. "The first day we went into the studio and recorded... and it's been magic ever since."

You would think the duo may not have a lot in common, both coming from different cities, but it's quite the opposite. Reyna says that because she grew up as an only child, they have a fun relationship; "I kind of feel like Sumo's my brother," she says. "In that sense," she says, "we don't really text, but when we meet up it's just immediately a vibe. We don't have to necessarily talk anytime before meeting up. We usually meet up every three to six months, probably. We like that spontaneous situation to see what happens in that moment and let the moment speak for itself." Fabi adds, "so yeah, we just make sure it's sunny wherever we are."

With notable tropical influences in their sound, Díaz spoke of the inspiration behind his music, admitting the French/Spanish musician Manu Chao has made a huge impact on his own production. "When I decided to start making music," he says, "I've always been obsessed with World Music, culture, and sounds from the Amazon... the whole cultural package has always been something that's fascinated me a lot. So whatever I make has to have that tropical feel -- and when me and [Fabi] met it was like... it was perfect. Reyna, it's her last name, but 'Reyna' without looking at how it's grammatically spelled, it means 'queen' in Spanish. So, 'Tropical Queen'... it's perfect!"

Watch the full interview with Fabi Reyna and Nectali Díaz above and stay tuned for more Alternalido Artist Spotlights right here on Audacy.

This week's playlist (5/23):

Vale - Para Verte
Mabiland - No Fui Capaz
La Vida Bohème - Plis Plis Plis
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Oblivion [ft. Vicente Amigo]
Reyna Tropical - Encerrada [ft Y La Bamba]
Reyna Tropical – Dolor
Reyna Tropical - No me quieres
Baiuca - Conxuro [ft Liliana]
Joe Bataan - Gypsy Woman Remix
DJ Scuff – Guaya
Cheo - Todo El Dia En La Cama
LIro Shaq - Bumba (Bross Club Edit)
Kase. O - Ringui Dingui [ft. SFDK]
DJ Black Low - 9 Days
The Chavez Ravine – Citywide
The Expanders - Scarlet Begonias
Healing Gems - The Curse

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