The Ten Best Latin Alternative Albums of 2012
4. Gaby Moreno
Gaby Moreno has been in Los Angeles for 12 years now, but has finally broke out with the release of Postales, her first all-Spanish album. Her influences -- vintage soul, blues, and the roaring '20s -- give her a unique sound, her songwriting is first rate. "Ave Que Emigra," for example, discusses settling in L.A. after emigrating from Guatemala.
See also: Gaby Moreno: The Call of the Blues
British DJ Will Holland (aka Quantic) and Colombian musician Mario Galeano together are Ondatropica, along with an all-star lineup of over 40 Colombian musicians. They gathered at the legendary Discos Fuentes studios in Medellin for the project, which took classic styles and mixed them with hip-hop, ska, and funk.
2. Carla Morrison
Carla Morrison has a voice that's hard not to fall in love with. Her second full-length Dejenme Llorar won two Latin Grammys this year, for Best Alternative Song and Best Alternative Album. These are love ballads for a younger generation.