Ed Maverick, “Niño” (Universal Music Mexico)
For Ed Maverick, this moment of catharsis was a long time coming. From his debut album eduardo, which also dropped Friday (April 30), the Mexican singer-songwriter’s “Niño” is a reflection of a generation’s fears and struggles, with achingly deep lyrics such as “life is a beast that is slowly killing me and I don’t know what’s going to happen” that open the track. True to Maverick’s essence, the track previews a multi-layered, ultra emotional and personal album that documents a state of transition where the 20-year-old allows himself to be vulnerable via lyrics that touch on grief, loss and nostalgia powered by his deep and mature vocals and emotional guitar riffs. “I made this album during a phase when I felt like I was falling into the same problems as if they were on loop,” Ed Maverick said in a statement. “A lot of this album is about recognizing that there are loops that have to be broken and that you can’t just stay where you are and expect them to change.” -- GRISELDA FLORES
Tini & Maria Becerra, "Mienteme" (Hollywood Records/Sony Music Latin)
After creating a buzz on social media, Tini (real name: Martina Alejandra Stoessel Muzlera) finally presents her new single “Miénteme” with fellow Argentine newcomer Maria Becerra. Marking their second collaborative effort, after Becerra's "High (Remix)," the urban-infused cumbia track was cowritten by both artists, in addition to Andrés Torres, Mauricio Rengifo, Elena Rose and Enzo Ezequiel Sauthier. With its playful lyrics and choreography-filled music video, helmed by director Diego Peskins, “Mienteme” is a flirtatious song about having friends with benefits. "Go ahead, lie to me/ Do whatever you want with me/ Tell me that I'm your baby tonight/ And tomorrow we're only friends," the catchy chorus says. -- J.R.
Natalia Jiménez & Banda MS, “Qué Bueno Tenerte” (Sony Music Latin)
It’s not the first time Natalia Jiménez and Banda MS have teamed up to deliver a powerful performance, but it is the first time they've released a new track together. After previously recording a reimagined version of Banda MS’ “El Color de Tus Ojos” two years ago, they’ve now gifted fans with “Qué Bueno Tenerte,” a true love anthem penned by Omar Angulo Robles and produced by Sergio Lizárraga, Banda MS and Jimenez’s manager. “Singing again with Banda MS gives me immense pleasure,” the Spanish signer said about “Qué Bueno Tenerte.” “Meeting them again and presenting an unpublished song is a pleasure since they are the most international banda in Mexico.” The track is the first single from her upcoming album México De Mi Corazón II, which is the sequel to her ranchera project from 2019. -- G.F.
Neto Bernal, "Hasta Que Me Olvides" (Universal Music Latin/Fonovisa)
Regional Mexican newcomer Neto Bernal dropped “Hasta Que Me Olvides,” his sierreño version of Luis Miguel’s 1993 hit penned by Juan Luis Guerra. The heartfelt track, on which Bernal beautifully flaunts his powerhouse vocals, is the lead single from Bernal’s new EP of the same name. The set is home to six tracks, including the mariachi version of “Si Quieres” in collaboration with Carolina Ross. Eden Muñoz and Salvador Aponte also worked on the project as composers. An emotional music video shows Neto and his onscreen girlfriend get in a car accident and stay by each other’s sides during the recovery. -- J.R.
Joss Favela, Llegando Al Rancho (Sony Music Latin)
In the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, Joss Favela dedicated his time to music, penning all 13 songs that form part of his third studio album Llegando al Rancho, out today (April 30). The Banda-style melodies are an ode to his ranchero roots but his lyrics say otherwise, dedicated, for the most part to love and heartbreaks. "Alguien Especial," for example, has soul-striking guitar riffs and tuba melodies, among other instruments, that tell the story of a person who’s disappointed due to lost love. In "Te Dije," the Regional Mexican singer-songwriter uses his powerful vocals to tell the story of a person who’s having a conversation with their ex, who wants to get back together. And in the focus track, "Tu Adiós Como Tequila," Favela continues that same line of pain and despair, drinking his sorrows away as he remembers an ex-lover. Llegando al Rancho wraps up with the Jessi Uribe-assisted "El Alumno," the only collaboration on the set. Stream and listen to Favela's new album below. --- J.R.