Viva Friday: Best Music Picks Of the Week by Pedro Capo, J Balvin, and More
TGIF! We're celebrating the end of the week with Viva Friday!, a compilation of the best new songs, albums, and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.
This week on the playlist, we have some hot collaborations and a few new names to keep on your radar. Check it out below.
Sky, Sebastian Yatra, Zion & Lennox - “Aqui Estare”
Music producers are known for being the mastermind behind great songs, but less so for being in the forefront. Not this time; Sky Rompiendo, the man who produced great hits such as J Balvin’s “Safari” featuring Pharrell, has dropped a new song in collaboration with Sebastian Yatra and Zion & Lennox. “Aqui Estare” shows how the three urban acts make the perfect combination. Check out the video directed by Mike Ho below. -- JESSICA ROIZ
Pedro Capó, Farruko - "Calma (Remix)"
For their first collaboration, Pedro Capó meets Farruko on the coasts of Piñones and Luquillo in Puerto Rico. “Calma (Remix)" is a reggae-infused song that organically meshes Capo’s pop flair with Farruko’s urban pulses. The music video for the song, which was directed by Joaquin Cambre, is an invitation for disconnection; a subtle request to escape from the vortex of labor. The sun, the Caribbean sea, and its beaches are the antidote for bleakness. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS
Lalo Ebratt, J Balvin, Trapical - “Mocca”
There’s a new video in town that’s giving us major “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” vibes. But before you proceed to watch it (below), meet Lalo Ebratt, a new name in the Latin urban industry that you might want to keep on your radar. The Colombian artist just dropped the remix of his debut single “Mocca,” featuring none other than J Balvin -- not too shabby! “Mocca” is a sensual hip-hop/urban track and its music video lives up to its title and sexy rhythms. - J.R.
El Bloque Depresivo - “Continentales”
Bloque Depresivo, the name for Chilean singer Macha’s new project devoted to poetic pop ballads and boleros, came out of the live shows of his other band, the popular alternative cumbia outfit Chico Trujillo. During those shows, Chico Trújillo’s characteristically slamming party music is typically tempered with a set of slow, “depressing” songs to chill out audience members and give them a breather from the dance floor madness. It turns out the music was too good to serve only as an intermission. Bloque Depresivo’s debut album, which includes a cover of José José’s “La Nave del Olvido” and collaborations with artists such as Alvaro Henriquez of Los Tres, will be released Oct. 18 on Brooklyn’s Barbés Records. The single “Continentales” gives a preview of the feel-good, anytime vibe we can expect; Macha’s Southern Cone romanticism has already won us over. And if you think that you need more for a compelling video than a hubcap and a green screen, think again. - JUDY CANTOR-NAVAS
Malu Trevejo, Gente de Zona - “Nadie Como Yo”
Malu Trevejo presents her most personal single yet, titled “Nadie Como Yo” with Gente de Zona. According to a statement from Malu, the bilingual catchy song is “dedicated to her legion of more than 8 million loyal social media followers from around the world who have watched her effortlessly push boundaries and transcend genres and cultures.” Check out the fun rumba below! - J.R.