NWLA (New Weird Latin America) is the continuation of the legendary and inspirational Mexican netlabel The Poni Republic. Although the music collective has evolved into a music news portal, they’re still holding EP/album releases as their main dish. Today they released their most conceptually-driven (and wonderfully ambitious) album yet: a tribute to Chicano rock father Ritchie Valens. Trying to put Valens’ legacy into words is as challenging as trying to understand the icon died at just 17 years old. NWLA recruited nine acts to pay tribute to the artist in the album Little Richard of the Valley: Un tributo a Ricardo Valenzuela Reyes. Some of the highlights from the album include a pop (almost twee) version of “Come On! Let's Go!” by Yellow Yesterday, a revelatory “Oh Donna” by Los Macuanos, and the classic “La Bamba” by Joe Volume. Other contributing bands include compilation all-stars Piyama Party, Childs, and Ella Tiene Dos Androides.