Tatiana Hazel Credit: Nolis Anderson

Tatiana Hazel’s musical career put down its first root a decade ago, when the Chicago Latinx artist taught herself to play guitar at age 11. Two years later, she started uploading acoustic, heart-on-sleeve originals to YouTube—some of which have since been viewed more than 40,000 times. Hazel has evolved her sound over time, and a few years ago she began rolling out glossy pop material that brings together swooning R&B melodies, Caribbean riddims, and silken electronic production. Now 21, she demonstrates her skills, ambition, and confidence on her self-released July EP, Toxic. She sings in English and Spanish, oscillating between the two languages on the clattering dance number “Por Ti.” And even when Hazel addresses an unbalanced romantic relationship, as she does on the pained, woozy “Can’t Help but Notice,” she always sounds completely in control of her style and her destiny.   v