Viva Friday Playlist: New Music by Alejandro Sanz, Nicky Jam, Raymix & More

Raymix - Sola ft. ATL
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Raymix featuring ATL, "Sola"

Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors.

Raymix feat. ATL - “Sola”

Following swift success with the hit single “Oye Mujer,” which included a Juanes remix collaboration, electrocumbia DJ and songwriter Raymix is back with “Sola,” featuring viral talent ATL. The tune resumes the Mexican artist’s determination to continue cumbia’s widespread popularity, applying his own tactics: mixing electronica with traditional Mexican cumbia to make a hybrid sound -- one that perhaps has been overlooked. Raymix and ATL’s vocals in “Sola” flirt in unison with the keyboards, synthesizers, percussive samples and rhythm box from its inception. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS

Marger - Inmortal

Armed with powerful torch singer vocals, singer/songwriter Marger has delivered an album of original material and American standards adapted to Spanish. Songs like “Al fin” (“At last,” originally recorded by Etta James) and “Sola” (the adaptation of Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind”) get renditions in Spanish with soulful vocal arrangements that are faithful to the original spirit of the songs, yet flow in their new Spanish versions. An eminently musical album. -- LEILA COBO

Various artists - Music Inspired by the Film Roma

The Oscar-nominated movie Roma’s soundtrack album is a set of zesty pop songs, romantic ballads and acid-rock tracks that were popular in Mexico in the early 1970s. Now comes Music Inspired by the Film Roma, a conceptual companion album for Alfonso Cuarón’s film featuring artists ranging from Beck and DJ Shadow to Billie Eilish. Logically, some Latinx artists are included here, notably Jessie Reyez, whose cumbia-peppered “Con el Viento” has a captivating acoustic reggaeton vibe in vocals that define what Latin pop should be now. Café Tacvba’s Quique Rangel references the film’s vintage songs with his intense “La Hora Exacta.” “Cumbia del Borras” from Mexico City’s Sonido Gallo Negro is a tribute to the prolifically pooping dog in the movie, an amusing break from the introspective fare on this disjointed album. The sister duo Ibeyi made their homage for Cleo, the domestic servant at the center of the film. “Cleo Who Takes Care of You” -- an appropriate sentiment, but the song is just a shadow of Ibeyi’s more powerful work. -- JUDY CANTOR-NAVAS

3BallMTY, Chayín Rubio & Lucky Bossi - “Quisiera Tenerte”

3BallMTY is back in the game with new music, but this time, they're dipping their toes in urban waters. The Monterrey-based DJ group, known for their indistinguishable sound of tribal-guarachero (EDM fusions with Regional Mexican sounds) has dropped “Quisiera Tenerte,” featuring Chayin Rubio and Lucky Bossi. Keeping true to their Latin house beats and adding a flair of reggaeton, the new production brings to the forefront Mexico’s shining urban scene. -- JR

Alejandro Sanz & Nicky Jam – "Back in the City"

Alejandro Sanz and Nicky Jam have joined forces to drop “Back in the City.” Surprising both fanbases, the single is not a romantic ballad or reggaeton track, but rather a sultry fusion of tropical sounds, such as mambo, pop, flamenco and hints of urban. The single, which features a sample of Celia Cruz’s “Por Si Acaso No Regreso,” tells the relatable story of people who had to leave their home country and, inevitably, wish to return. “Back in the City” is Sanz’s second single from his upcoming album #ElDisco. -- JR

Intocable - “Beso Incompleto”

Celebrating 25 years of music, Intocable is releasing brand-new music for their loyal fans. The Norteño musical group released the lyric video for their single “Beso Incompleto,” part of their upcoming album Percepción, set to release on March 15. The single, which is a fresh fusion of Latin rock and Tejano sounds, is a heartfelt track about one’s forever love. -- JR

Barbott - “Find Us”

The contrast is stark between Barcelona’s Barbott and their rock influences, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. Their high-pitched guitar riffs, heavy bass line and raw mechanical drum strokes concoct a listening experience almost familiar. Yet, on “Find Us,” their first all-Spanish single from their upcoming album, the indie rock band opts to oscillate between light and dark pop-rock. Flanked by Albert Iribarne’s synth keyboard pulses, Josep Méndez’s energetic drum thumps and Martí Roseló’s squalling guitar beats, lead singer Guillem Sala’s vocals enter subtly and transport one into a labyrinth of irrepressible vibrations with catchy choruses well belted by Marc Bertran’s bass tabs, which pick up the pace as the song progresses. -- PB

iZaak feat. Brray & Chris Wandell - “Hey Shorty 2”

Honoring the trend where the new generation of artists is releasing their own version of old-school classics, iZaak dropped “Hey Shorty 2.” The colorful urban bop is a remake of Randy’s 2007 single “Shorty,” which was part of the Casa de Leones album. Joining iZaak in this fresh regggaeton track are emerging urban artists Brray and Chris Wandell, giving us a taste of the new enthralling voices in the industry. -- JR

Jason Cerda feat. Papayo - “Ay Amor”

Jason Cerda is back with a new sound and single "Ay Amor" with Venezuelan artist Papayo. The song is a fusion of tropical sounds with reggaeton and it is about passion and desire from the "other man's" perspective. -- SUZETTE FERNANDEZ

Luis Fonsi - “Sola”

A week after releasing his album Vida, Luis Fonsi dropped a video for the "Sola" English version. In the clip, Luis Fonsi finds the woman of his life and does whatever it takes to stay with her. -- SF

Carlos Baute & Joey Montana - “Perdido”

Venezuelan singer Carlos Baute joined forces with Joey Montana to release "Perdido," produced by Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo. "'Perdido' describes the feeling when one is lost and crazy in love and hopes to win back the person they love because they think and feel that it is their only way out," Baute said. -- SF