Listen to Flex's Romantic New Single 'Nadie Como Tú': Exclusive
Ready to hear your new summer anthem? After three years out of the international spotlight and weeks of teasing on social media, Panamanian singer Flex has returned with an irresistible new single, "Nadie Como Tú [No One Like You]."
Setting the stage for his upcoming fifth album, Seduction, "Nadie Como Tú" is bound to put both Flex and Panama back on the map. Fans will be pleased to hear Flex sticking to his trademark “romantic-style” sound -- a blend of Spanish reggae with R&B that typically carries with it a ridiculously catchy melody.
“Desde que probé de tus besos / desde que te hice el amor / he vivido adicto a lo nuestro/tu me robaste el corazón [since I first kissed you / since I made love to you/ I’ve been addicted to us / you stole my heart],” sings Flex on the pulsating track, a collaboration between himself, producer Chris Jeday and hit songwriter Gocho (both Puerto Rican).
"We were looking for a sound beyond Panama's borders," Flex tells Billboard. "We wanted to arrive at something fresh, something current, so we went to Puerto Rico to look for it. It's not that we couldn't find it at home -- in fact, only two tracks on the new album were recorded outside of Panama -- we just think this is the song that Flex fans have been waiting for."
We don't disagree. Enjoy the "Nadie Como Tú" lyric video in this exclusive first listen:
The song comes at a fruitful time for Latin urban music, when artists seem to be more collaborative than ever and are dominating radio as a result of experimenting with other sounds (case in point: "Nota de Amor" from Carlos Vives, Wisin and Daddy Yankee).
"I think it was time for the genre to stand united," says Flex of this new era in Latin urban music. "It’s great that the sound has expanded to other countries. I would love to see other countries -- not just Colombia and Puerto Rico and Panama – embrace urban music so it can keep growing globally."
The new single recalls Flex's breakout 2007 song "Te Quiero," which topped the Latin charts and won a Latin Grammy for best urban song.
Prior to recording Seduction, Flex starred in a Panamanian reality show called Tu Cara Me Suena [Your Face Sounds Familiar], which goes beyond your average reality singing competition in that it makes contestants get completely immersed into character when covering songs by others. During the show, Flex had to sing, move, dress, and talk like Luciano Pavarotti, Alejandro Fernandez, and David Bisbal, among other A-list acts -- an experience which he says allowed him to be more adventurous on Seduction.
"Singing Pavarotti -- that was the biggest responsibility I’ve ever had because he is immortal," says Flex of the experience. "That’s how I discovered I could do other things that I never thought were possible."
With that in mind, on Seduction Flex goes beyond "romantic-style" Spanish reggae and fuses Latin urban with bachata, samba, R&B, soca, dance and pop. The album is expected to arrive later this year via Sony Music Latin.
"I think artists have to always reinvent themselves because fans are always expecting us to raise the bar," adds Flex. "It's so important to show versatility."