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.
Nicky Jam, “Miami” (La Industria Inc./Sony Music Latin)
Nicky Jam is reminiscing about an old fling in his new single “Miami.” The track kicks off with a soft piano melody before transitioning into a slow-tempo romantic reggaeton beat 45 seconds in. In the song named after his hometown, the Puerto Rican artist sings about missing a woman he met in Miami and the great time they had together. “I’m with her, but thinking of you/ Like you when you are with him, I know you think of me/ Your perfume stayed here/ Since that night that I had you/ Facing the sea in the boat/ But reaching the clouds,” Jam chants the sultry lyrics. “Miami” was co-produced by DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz, Nénéto and Slow Mike. –– Jessica Roiz
Silvana Estrada, “Marchita” (Glassnote Music)
Silvana Estrada’s ethereal vocals take center stage in “Marchita,” the first single from her forthcoming debut album. The Mexican singer-songwriter’s raw interpretation, powered by dramatic instrumentation, is an honest narration of our vulnerability post-breakup. “I’ve lost you so many times, the memories are inevitable,” the 24-year-old sings. “And the anguish of that reunion between your skin and mine.” The track premieres alongside an equally devastating music video that perfectly captures the essence of Estrada’s achingly beautiful lyrics in “Marchita.” — GRISELDA FLORES
Gera MX & Rels B, “Se Me Olvidó” (Rich Vagos Entertainment)
Emerging rappers Gera MX from Mexico and Spain’s Rels B have joined forces on “Se Me Olvidó,” a track that perfectly meshes both of their distinct sounds. Spanish guitars, el cajon and other live instruments bring to life a nostalgic bolero with hip-hop beats and a touch of flamenco. Co-penned by both artists, “Se Me Olvidó” tells the story of a man who has finally moved on from a past relationship. “I already forgot your name/ I already forgot about your walk/ You don’t know what it’s like to love/ So tired of waiting,” kicks off the honest track. In the music video, both artists are seen hanging out with fans and eating tacos in the streets of Mexico. — J.R.
Suite Casino ft. Mikel Maury, “Tiempo” (Nicolás Boada Rossi)
Artist collective Suite Casino, made up of bassist/singer Eduardo Pérez and keyboardist Nicolás Boada Rossi, teamed up with guest vocalist Mikel Maury (of Anakena) for a sultry first single that blends R&B with retro funk. Maury’s ductile, heartfelt vocals are reminiscent of Fito Páez in the initial verses before the song explodes into a lush chorus padded by female backup voices and improvisatory guitar solos, all a testament to wonderful music-making. “Tiempo” will be part of an upcoming EP that pays homage to singer Eduardo Pérez, who died of leucemia in March at only 26 years old. — LEILA COBO
Santa Fe Klan, Calibre 50 & Beto Sierra, “Cuidando El Territorio” (BS Music/Oplaai)
Calibre 50 joins Santa Fe Klan and Beto Sierra in a collaboration we didn’t see coming. For the narcocorrido “Cuidando El Territorio,” Calibre 50 trades their humble norteño attitude for a rapper’s swagger mentality to sing about a lavish lifestyle alongside Mexican rapper Santa Fe Klan and social media phenomenon Beto Sierra who makes his debut as a singer on the accordion-powered hip-hop track. — G.F.
Sael & Beéle, “Insuficiente” (Black Koi Entertainment)
Two of urban music’s most promising acts, Sael (Argentine) and Beéle (Colombia), teamed up on “Insuficiente,” with the mission to inspire women and encourage them to get out of a toxic relationship. Most importantly, to realize their self-worth. Sael’s dulcet vocals and Beéle’s deep voice chant in the chorus: “It was only a matter of time that you left / Look how good you look now / You cried before, now he’s the one crying / It was only a matter of time that you left / Baby, that dumbass was not enough for you.” Produced Sael, Taiko, and Sky Rompiendo, the track kicks off with a piano ballad before switching to a hard-hitting reggaeton beat. — J.R.
Danny Ocean, “Apartamento” (Atlantic Recording Corp)
Danny Ocean is in full summer mode and his new single “Apartamento” is all the indication. On his new track, produced by Diego Raposo, the Venezuelan artist steps away from the edgy dance-pop sounds that best characterize him and explores pure reggaeton and perreo melodies with futuristic beats. He titled in “Apartamento” to describe his feelings over a neighbor he sees from the balcony of his apartment. He also assures he’s not a stalker in the flirtatious lyrics. “Baby I have my eyes on you / I’ve had my eyes on you for a while now / I know that you dance every day / and I’d love for you to dance to one of my songs,” he sings in the chorus. — J.R.