Viva Friday Playlist: New Latin Songs by Haze, Rodrigo y Gabriela & More

Fernando Lugo
Haze & Reik

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

Farina & Maluma - "Así Así" (Sony Music Latin)

Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Farina and Maluma have officially teamed up for their first-ever collaboration. "Asi Asi" (like that, like that), produced by Johany Alejandro Correa “Nyal” and co-written by Farina and Maluma, fuses both artists' street style and distinct sound, bringing to life a sultry reggaeton melody. The flirtatious lyrics not only flaunt Farina's witty rap verses, but also her chemistry with Maluma. The music video, directed by Mike Ho, pays homage to the sexy lyrics, showing scenes of Farina giving Maluma a sensual dance. Watch it below. -- JESSICA ROIZ

Haze & Reik – “Haz Lo Que Quieras” (House of Haze)

Reik are still betting on urban rhythms. And this time, they do it alongside music producer Haze ("Criminal" by Natti Natasha and Ozuna) on his song "Haz Lo Que Quieras” (Do What You Want). “We did this song with Haze over a year ago and for us, it is very exciting that it is finally coming into the light,” Reik says in a press statement. The song -- about letting the other person know that they can do whatever they want because you’re also in love -- does not detach Reik from their romantic roots and proves that the band can also record an urban song without having an urban singer. -- SUZETTE FERNANDEZ

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Metallica’s “Battery” cover

Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela smash through the boundaries of heavy metal in this brawny acoustic cover of Metallica’s “Battery” -- the first preview and one of three metal covers (Megadeth and Slayer covers are also featured) from their forthcoming Mettal EP, set to be released on vinyl Nov. 29 in conjunction with Record Store Day. With their pirouetting flamenco-style jangled guitar chords, the duo raucously harmonizes in this galloping-horse-like new recording of propelling force with no reservations. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS

Calibre 50 feat. Grupo Firme - "El Amor No Fue Pa' Mi" (Andaluz Records)

Calibre 50 and Grupo Firme have joined forces to drop an anthem for everyone who's had bad luck in love. In "El Amor No Fue Pa' Mi" (Love was not for me), the two Regional Mexican groups deliver a fast-paced Norteño corrido with heavy percussion sounds about a person who admits they have a bad relationship with cupid. "Love was not meant for me/ I'm about drinks and corridos/ I know alcohol is bad for me/ But I forgave him [cupid]/ I was sad two, three days/ Then I forgot about you," part of the lyrics express. Recorded live, the music video shows the two groups gathering with a large group of friends as they perform the song and have some beers. Watch it below. -- JR

Guaynaa & Yandel – “Full Moon” (Universal Music Latino Entertainment)

Guaynaa teamed up with Yandel to release "Full Moon." The song will transport you to old-school reggaton with its electrifying sound that will put everyone on the dance floor. "Full Moon" was produced at Flow Music Studios by DJ Nelson, Waldemar Cancel and Nesty and released under Universal Music Latin Entertainment. "Recording with Yandel is the materialization of one of my great dreams, as a child, come true," Guaynaa said in a press release. -- SF

Cheo - “Todo El Dia En La Cama” (Nacional Records)

Jose Luis “Cheo” Pardo (Los Amigos Invisibles guitarist and producer) releases “Todo El Día En La Cama” (all day long in bed), an idle Latin-soul-bossa-tiinged bolero and lead single from Sorpresa, his upcoming debut album as a solo act slated for spring 2020. Flanked by a bouncy cymbal and soft conga strokes, graceful guitar riffs escort Cheo’s creamy vocals on this breezy laid-back tune fraught with wistful contemplations: “todo el día en la cama, todo el día en pijama, todo el día contento, contigo es tan bello…” (all day in bed, in PJs, being happy all day with you is the best). -- PB

 

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra “La Terminal” featuring Monsieur Periné (Nacional Records)

Instrumental Japanese ska and jazz band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra connect with Monsieur Periné in “La Terminal,” an allicient tune draped by Catalina García’s vocals which ricochets effortlessly between Spanish and Japanese. Co-produced by both groups and co-written by García and guitarist Santiago Sarabia, the song arrives in the wake of TSPO (also known as Skapara)’s 30th anniversary bookended by the Colombians' standard jazzed-swing pop and injected with the Japanese ensemble's tropical shades and punchy arrangements. -- PB

Leslie Shaw - "Bombón" (Sony  Music Latin)

Peruvian Leslie Shaw has released “Bombón,” a catchy reggaetón song produced by Rob Dymez and Exel The Future.  The song definitely highlights the feminine power in a situation in which she realizes that her boyfriend just wants to hang out and nothing serious.  Shaw is a rising singer and songwriter who brings a new flavor to the urban female movement.  See her video below.

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