“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.
Joss Favela, “Te Dije” (Sony Music Entertainment)
While in lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Joss Favela has dedicated time to his music, putting the final touches to his upcoming studio album. Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the Regional Mexican singer-songwriter releases his new single and video “Te Dije” (I Told You). Laced with Favela’s powerful vocals, the honest banda narrates the story of a person who’s having a conversation with their ex, who wants to get back together. “What do I win for getting back / To give myself up again / And if I can be honest / The worst is over / Why suffer again,” croons Favela. A music video filmed by Luis Torres and Shio Flores in Monterrey, Mexico, shows a woman trying to seduce Favela and trying to make him fall in love with her again. “Te Dije” forms part of Favela’s upcoming album Llegando al Rancho. — JESSICA ROIZ
Reik, “Pero Te Conocí” (Sony Music Entertainment México)
Going back to their roots, the Mexican trio released an ultra-romantic ballad titled “Pero Te Conocí (But I Met You),” the first of a series of singles (and music videos) that will be released by Reik in the upcoming weeks. Born during quarantine, this stripped-down track is a beautiful homage to love and the willingness to fall in love. “Without an explanation, you arrived. When I thought love wouldn’t be for me, but I met you,” sings Reik’s frontman Jesús Navarro. The series, which will be wrapped up in an EP titled 20-21, will follow a couple that falls in love and the ups and downs of a relationship. While we’ve been accustomed to hearing a more experimental Reik lately dropping more urban or rhythmic-leaning tracks, this simple ballad hits the spot in times of despair. — GRISELDA FLORES
Diamante Eléctrico, “Cuando Quieras Llegar” (Diamante Eléctrico / The Orchard)
Colombian alternative pop-rock band Diamante Eléctrico, returns with “Cuando Quieras Llegar,” a retro-funk tune with clever synth beats, which previews its forthcoming sixth studio album, El Club de Los Solitarios. Written by frontman Juan Galeano and guitarist Daniel Alvarez and produced by Galeano and Andrés Rebellón (also on keyboards), the song is the first release following the departure of drummer Andee Zeta. The tune is ushered by a music clip directed by Didier Marin (Dario Gómez, El Charrito Negro) and features members of the Colombian group Oswaldo Sin Fronteras. Its novela-styled subdued colour channels the aesthetic of Colombian popular music. “We wanted to make a video clip that would celebrate ‘Colombianness’,” commented Galeano. “We’ve liked the popular aesthetic for so long that we wanted to make a tribute to it, a bit kitschy and with humor, which is something we’ve always wanted to explore with Diamante.” — PAMELA BUSTIOS
Yandel, Quien Contra Mi 2 (Y Entertainment distributed by Sony Music Entertainment)
Seventeen years after releasing his solo debut album Quien Contra Mi, Yandel releases a new version with 22 tracks. Written and produced between his home and studio in Orlando during the COVID-19 confinement, Quien Contra Mi 2 is also home to 28 different collabs, including J Balvin, Snoop Dogg and Ruben Blades, Anuel, El Alfa, Manuel Turizo, Nicky Jam and Rauw Alejandro. In the nearly four-minute intro, the reggaeton star shares a motivational speech to the new generation of artists. “I wanted to tell my story, to pump up the kids who are just starting. And, since people always say I’m so quiet, well, here’s something different,” he says, elaborating on his struggles and accomplishments. Read our exclusive interview with Yandel here and listen to the album below. — J.R.
Vanessa Zamora, “Ayer”
Mexican singer-songwriter Vanessa Zamora wears her heart on her sleeve in her new dreamy pop track titled “Ayer (Yesterday).” Singing over a simple yet hypnotizing beat, Zamora perfectly captures through her lyrics that longing to be with your ephemeral crush, one that never became a reality yet for some reason felt real, almost tangible. True to her style, “Ayer” is a testament to her rawness when it comes to songwriting and allowing herself to go on a roller coaster of emotions. — G.F.
Aitana, Morat, “Más De Lo Que Aposté” (Universal Music Spain)
Aitana and Morat have joined forces for “Más De Lo Que Aposté,” which loosely translates to “more than what I bargained for.” Though the song is about a couple who’s on-and-off, the feel-good melody laces Aitana’s dulcet pop sound with Morat’s infectious alternative rock. “Sometimes we are, sometimes we’re not / One day it’s hate, another day it’s love / I don’t know the reason / But I always end up with you,” the Spanish songstress and Colombian band chants in the chorus. An innovative and vibrant music video shows both Aitana and Morat jamming to the song in the middle of the woods. — J.R.
Ralphy Dreamz, “Nunca Nieges Que Te Amo” (ParkEastMusic LLC)
Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Ralphy Dreamz (real name: Jose Rafael Rodriguez Jr.) is an emerging Dominican artist keeping bachata alive one single at a time. Under the direction of Sandro Rosario of ParkEastMusic, Ralphy presents his newest track “Nunca Nieges Que Te Amo” (never deny that I love you). Paying homage to a vallenato classic by Los Inquietos, Ralphy’s crisp, sugary vocals bring to life an infectious bachata version. With lyrics such as “Tell me why did you walk away / I don’t understand the reason / So many happy moments / And today, only sadness accompanies me,” “Nunca Nieges Que Te Amo” is a song about trying to understand a breakup. Listen to the audio below. — J.R.
LPT – “Somos LPT (Papi Disco Manteca Remix)” (Bold City Records)
Jacksonville, FL-based salsa band LPT, give a tonal swirl to “Somos LPT” one of nine tracks off its debut album Sin Parar. The 10-piece orchestra, with Cuban, Puerto Rican, Colombian and Dominican cultural backgrounds, paired up with Chicano percussionist, DJ and producer Papi Disco for an Afro-Cuban dance take of the closing song off the set. The result is a hypnotic up beat Latin disco tune with an orotund percussion, swirling keyboards and spiked horn section.LPT is comprised of Josué A. Cruz (lead vocalist), Mike Emmert (baritone saxophone, flute), uan Carlos Rollan (tenor saxophone, background vocals), Stan Piper (bass), Milan Algood (cymbals, background vocals), Ángel D. García (keyboard, background vocals), Bryant Patterson (trombone), Jonah Pierre (bongo, bell), J, Juan Pablo Salvat (congas); Steve Strawley (trumpet), Hensersom Olivares (vocals, güiro, chekere, maracas). –P.B.
Mula – “En El Aire” (Charco Música)
Dominican trio Mula releases “En El Aire,” second single off Mundos slated for November release. The song is a frenetic synth pop and electronic merengue tune with overtones of the golden years of the Caribbean romantic bohemia that talks about a first connection with someone or even a place, love and its effects. Fearless, genre-bending, Mula is considered one of the main references of the contemporary avant-garde of Dominican Republic. Mula is comprised by producer Rachel Rojas, who mixed and mastered the song) and vocalists and composers, twin sisters, Anabel y Cristabel Acevedo. —P.B.