First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.
Alejandro Fernández & Christian Nodal, “Duele” (Universal Music Latino)
A continuation of “Más No Puedo,” Alejandro Fernández and Christian Nodal join forces once again for “Duele,” a norteño-tinged mariachi power ballad. Penned by Nodal, this anti-Valentine’s Day anthem finds both artists emotionally and physically wounded from heartbreak. The track premiered alongside a music video recorded in Guadalajara, where Fernández and Nodal reminisce on the good times with the woman who broke their heart while drinking their sorrows away. — GRISELDA FLORES
Evaluna Montaner, “Uno Más Uno” (Sony Music Latin)
On her one-year wedding anniversary with Camilo, Evaluna Montaner — one of Billboard’s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021 — dropped her first single of the year, “Uno Mas Uno.” She co-wrote the romantic ballad, which highlights an enchanting piano melody and Evaluna’s dulcet vocals, with Camilo and JP Saxe. “Cómo puede ser, que algo que no puedo tocar sea más real que lo que puedo tocar? Que algo que no puedo ver sea más real que lo que puedo ver?” say the nostalgic lyrics. In the music video, Evaluna performs the heartfelt song at the beach with a lone piano and the sunset in the background. Camilo makes a cameo at the end. “I’m the most fortunate because I have you close, walking with me every step,” she expressed on Instagram of her husband and Latin pop star. “Uno Más Uno” forms part of Evaluna’s upcoming debut EP. — JESSICA ROIZ
Karol G, Anuel AA & J Balvin, “Location” (Universal Music Latino)
Colombian star Karol G teams up with Anuel AA and J Balvin for “Location,” a country-tinged track that deftly fuses reggaetón and hip-hop. On “Location” — which starts off country but quickly picks up speed and transitions into an irresistible reggaeton track — Karol G is feeling cheeky, asking her crush to send his location because “hoy tengo mala intention (today I have bad intentions),” she confesses. Produced by Ovy on the Drums, “Location” follows Karol G’s chart-topping hit “Bichota,” which also has a Western vibe to it. “I like to give my fans a unique experience with every single release, both musically and visually,” Karol G said about “Location.” “It’s a very special song for me because I was able to collaborate with artists that I admire and we were able to fuse reggaeton/hip-hop/country influences into an amazing song and video filled with energy and rodeo vibes!” — G.F.
Nicky Jam & Romeo Santos, “Fan de tus Fotos” (Sony Music Latin)
After teaming up with Daddy Yankee in the 2017 “Bella y Sensual,” Nicky Jam and Romeo Santos joined forces once again on the catchy reggaeton “Fan de tus Fotos.” The song, as the title indicates, is about a person who’s falling head over heels for someone else just by looking at their photos. “I’m like a fan just looking at your photos. I’m going crazy thinking I can touch you,” the pair sing. In a clever music video, both Nicky and Romeo portray co-workers who daydream over their boss, who they think has been sending them mixed messages. — J.R.
Junior H, $ad Boyz 4 Life (Rancho Humilde/Warner Music Latina)
Junior H’s highly anticipated $ad Boyz 4 Life is as promised: “a vibe,” he previously told Billboard. The up-and-coming regional Mexican artist doesn’t hold back emotionally in the 16-track set. Packed with heartbreak tracks and love songs alike, Junior H is as vulnerable as ever via his sad sierreño tracks — which show off his songwriting chops and guitar skills — powered by traditional acoustic and electric guitars. Standout tracks include the Ed Maverick-assisted “Por Dentro,” which takes Junior H out of the regional Mexican space and as he Maverick’s psychedelic alternative-pop world. The melancholic “El Velador” with Marca MP sticks to the Guanajuato singer-songwriter’s sierreño roots and “La Bestia,” the first single off of the album, showcases the perfect balance between both worlds that Junior H straddles effortlessly: alt-rock and sad sierreño. Stick around till the end of the album for a surprise cover of Enanitos Verdes’ rock en español classic “Lamento Boliviano.” — G.F.
Ulices Chaidez & Eslabon Armado, “Te Encontré” (DEL Records)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, DEL Records’ Ulices Chaidez and Eslabon Armado drop “Te Encontré (I Found You).” Led by acoustic guitars, the regional Mexican ballad narrates the ultimate love story, where two strangers fall in love after multiple encounters in a coffee shop. “It was because of you that I found myself smiling over anything,” Chaidez sings. “And just like that my heartbeats increased overnight,” Eslabon’s Pedro Tovar adds. — G.F.
Neto Bernal, “Se Ve Que Te Hago Falta” (Fonovisa)
It’s been awhile since we heard an achingly heartbreaking and beautiful ballad set to banda where the vocals really fly. Young Neto Bernal delivers, with minimum vocal production and great assertiveness. “Se Ve Que Te Hago Falta” (It’s Obvious You Miss Me)” is written by Calibre 50’s Eden Muñoz — who, by the way, is increasingly mining his songwriting — and it could easily work as a pop ballad. But its arrangement of tuba and guitars give it added purity, perfect to showcase a standout voice. — LEILA COBO
Luis Figueroa, 1807 (Sony Music Latin / Magnus Media)
After opening Marc Anthony’s U.S. Opus Tour and entering the Latin Pop Airplay chart with “Te Deseo” in 2020, Luis Figueroa presents his debut EP, 1807. Home to seven tracks, none of which are collaborations, Figueroa brings to the forefront his fresh musical proposal: an experimental tropi-pop and R&B sound with emotional lyrics. Named after the apartment number where he co-wrote all the songs, 1807 is a “collection of songs that I wrote and recorded at home during the quarantine,” he says. “Each one represents the many emotions of the heart that one experiences while being completely in solitude. All the ups and downs, your deepest thoughts, worries, pain, and joy.” Producers on the album include Dime Lauro, Fux Beat, Jowan & Wain of ICON Music, and Méo. Standout tracks are “PrimeraVez,” “Tirame” and “Desigual.” — J.R.
Georgel, Claro (The Sixth House/Empire)
Mexican singer-songwriter Georgel’s EP Claro is a Latin R&B treasure. The bilingual five-track set kicks off with the dreamy pop track “Casa,” featuring Katzu Oso. He then goes futuristic with “Adrenalina,” featuring Colombian rapper Nanpa Básico. The energetic and edgy track fuses rhythmic beats with R&B and puts Georgel’s smooth vocals at the forefront. “Demasiado Bueno,” Georgel’s only solo track on the EP, slows things down with its ’90s pop vibe. Its 2.0 version features Colombian singer-songwriter Mabiland. Finally, he teams up with indie electro-pop songstress Monogem to deliver “Míranos,” a soulful dreamy pop track fused with R&B. Penned by Georgel and Claudia Brant, “Míranos” finds the pair questioning whether it’s worth it or not to save a relationship that has turned sour. — G.F.
Abel Pintos, “El Amor En Mi Vida” (Sony Music Entertainment Argentina)
Pintos’ soaring, joyful celebration of love makes us want to just run out and hug someone. Built on a lush cushion of sound and strumming guitars set over a pulsating 6/8 beat that pushes the narrative forward, “El Amor” is unapologetically celebratory but never bombastic or over-the-top. It’s easy to imagine it as arena pop, and the video’s setting, on an empty theater stage, is perhaps a precursor. — L.C.