Album: N/A

Label: Mad Decent

Producer: Diplo

Since the success of M.I.A., a new space has been carved for versatile female singers and rappers outside mainstream club music. Next to Philadelphia’s Santigold, there hasn’t been a worthier contender than Bronx-born Maluca Mala. Influenced by the sounds of merengue, bachata and hip-hop, Maluca is a commanding presence as a pop personality—infusing hip-hop’s swagger with high-energy dance music and an unforgettable live performance. On her first single, “El Tigeraso,” Diplo made good on Maluca’s self-described “speed merengue” sound with a neck-breaking kick drum and contorted horns that scream “hands up,” and “get on the floor.”