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.
Myke Towers, “Cuenta” (Warner Music Latina)
Myke Towers continues to wow music lovers, releasing his new single “Cuenta.” On this track, Towers returns to his musical roots, dropping an unapologetic hip-hop track about all of his hard work paying off. “Things have changed, I didn’t even realize it/ I work silently but everyone else doesn’t/ Before I had my account at zero/ Now there is a pair of zeroes in my account,” he chants. The music video, directed by Charlie Nelson, kicks off with Towers making a paper airplane out of a hundred dollar bill. He’s then seen performing the track in front of piles and piles of money. — JESSICA ROIZ
Paloma Mami, Sueños de Dali (Sony Music Latin)
Paloma Mami waited two years to release her bilingual debut and did it without a single collaboration. That in itself is laudable. More so is the fact that Sueños is quite exquisite. Edgy but musical and alluring, it places Paloma Mami’s vocals in the forefront with an eclectic and delicious mix of contemporary and retro sounds, electronic loops intertwining with a Rhodes organ. Paloma Mami is only 21, but songs like “I Love Her” are surprisingly introspective within their party vibe, while tracks like “Que Wea” manage to mix English and Spanish yet sound genuine. At long last, a bilingual album that doesn’t fall into cliches. — LEILA COBO
Javiera Mena, “Dos” (MENI)
Chilean indie-pop darling Javiera Mena’s “Dos” is a forceful ballad about a love triangle that finds Mena wondering: Can our hearts love two people at once? “‘Dos’ is a classic ballad, with an avant-garde message,” Mena said about her song penned by her and Marian Ruzzi. “[It] talks about a common topic, triangular relationships, but from a different point of view. In this case from the person who is having feelings for two loves and that perhaps both of them fit in his/her heart.” “Dos,” which follows “Flashback” and “Corazon Astral,” is the third single from her forthcoming EP due this spring. — GRISELDA FLORES
Piso 21, El Amor en Los Tiempos Del Perreo (Warner Music Mexico)
El Amor en Los Tiempos Del Perreo — whose title pays tribute to the timeless Colombian novel El Amor en Los Tiempos Del Cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) by Gabriel García Márquez — was born two years ago in between tours and finalized during the pandemic. Home to 15 tracks, including the previously released “Más de la Una” with Maluma, “Mami” with Black Eyed Peas, “Una Vida Pa’ Recordar” with Myke Towers, “Dulcecitos” with Zion y Lennox, “Querida” with Feid, and “Pa’ Olvidarme de Ella” with Christian Nodal, Piso 21 did not hold back from marrying their distinguished sound with new rhythms. On the set, which includes collabs with newcomers Mabiland and Moncas, they experiment with bossa nova, tropical, ranchera and even old-school perreo. “El Amor en Los Tiempor Del Perreo defines us as a group, defines the album, defines our musical evolution, and it defines this precise moment in Piso 21’s career,” group member Pablito told Billboard. — J.R.
J Balvin, “Tu Veneno” (Universal Music Latino)
Following last month’s premiere of “Ma’ G,” Colombian star J Balvin unleashed the second single, “Tu Veneno,” from his forthcoming album. The hard-hitting reggaeton track, which premiered alongside a cryptic music video directed by José-Emilio Sagaró, finds Balvin reminiscing about a love interest that left him wanting more. “Tu Veneno” is produced by Sky Rompiendo and Taiko. — G.F.
Carmen DeLeon feat. Cali Y El Dandee “Pasado” (UMG Recordings)
Carmen DeLeon officially got on the radar in the midst of the pandemic, dropping her Tainy-produced debut track “Volveras.” She later collaborated with artists such as Feid and Ne-Yo, before presenting her new single “Pasado,” featuring Cali y El Dandee, and produced by Latin Grammys winners Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. With her powerhouse vocals, the Venezuelan-born newcomer and Colombian pop-urban duo bring to life a danceable popetón with hints of electronic music. “Pasado” was inspired by a real-life breakup. “I was no longer in a relationship with him but was reliving the times I had with him in the past and wondered what it would be like to be with him again. The song tells the story of being okay with missing that person while reassuring the listener to be with a person that will really love and respect you,” DeLeon says in an official statement. — J.R.
Jenni Rivera, “Motivos” (Sony Music Latin)
Jenni Rivera’s newest single “Motivos” comes in two versions: banda and mariachi. The track, a love ballad at its core, was released alongside an animated music video directed by Lino Quintana, creative director of Jenni Rivera Enterprises, and Marlon Villar. The four-minute short film begins with Doña Rosa, Rivera’s mother, who has gathered her grandchildren for story time. “This concept is geared to a new generation,” said Quintana. “We wanted to create a story that kids would be able to understand easily and well. We thought, let’s bring the grandchildren into the picture to really convey that.” — G.F.
Arthur Hanlon & Kany García “Evidencias” (Sony Music Latin)
Pianist Arthur Hanlon teams up with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Kany García for a reimagined version of Ana Gabriel’s 1992 hit “Evidencias,” which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. The 1990s ballad takes on a new life thanks to García’s passionate vocals that pair perfectly with Hanlon’s striking piano expression and the rest of the live band (which includes producer Motiff on electric guitar) that injects the song with a tinge of rhythmic beats. “Evidencias” previews Hanlon’s forthcoming studio album Piano Y Mujer, which is set to be released April 9. — G.F. (Editor’s Note: Hanlon is married to Billboard’s vp/Latin industry lead Leila Cobo.)
Leebrian x Amenazzy, “Un Ft.” (Black Koi Entertainment)
After being discovered on social media, Leebrian officially launches his musical proposal with his eight-song EP Ghost of the East. The Puerto Rican newcomer collaborates with artists such as De La Ghetto, Mariah Angeliq and KEVVO, to name a few. On Friday, he dropped the official music video for “Un Ft.,” in collaboration with Dominican artist Amenazzy. An infectious trap song that can easily consolidate Leebrian’s title as the next promising star in Latin Hip-Hop. The music video, directed by Deathofgian, shows both artists accompanied by a group of models in a field and outside a grocery store. — J.R.