“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.
Thalia, Myke Towers “La Luz” (Sony Music Latin)
As a premise to her forthcoming album, Thalía delivers “La Luz,” a hypnotizing track with which the Mexican superstar strikes a balance between pop and urban. With the help of hitmakers Myke Towers and Tainy, the new party anthem provides an escapism to a realm where only Thalia and Towers have access to and music never stops. “I recorded ‘La Luz’ thinking about my people and the opportunity that music gives us to raise our level of positivism and joy,” Thalía said about the song. Which is what is most needed today.” The video, shot between New York and Puerto Rico finds the artists in a rustic set full of neon lights. In it, Thalia shines in a yellow jumpsuit in one scene and changes into a bedazzled angelic white bodysuit as she exchanges rap verses with Myke Towers. “Getting to collaborate with one of the biggest female names in Latin is an honor for me. ‘La Luz’ was fun to jump on because we’re bringing a new flow with Thalía,” added Myke Towers. — GRISELDA FLORES
Joss Favela, “Ya No Quiero Andar Contigo” (Sony Music Latin)
After dipping his toes in norteño and mariachi, Joss Favela continues to flaunt his versatility in the Regional Mexican scene dropping “Ya No Quiero Andar Contigo” in banda. The honest tune, penned by Favela, is about a person who accepts that the relationship they are in is not working and wants to break up. “We’re destined to look somewhere else for everything we deserve,” the Sinaloa-born artist sings. Directed by Luis Torres in Monterrey’s Colonia Veraniega, the music video shows Favela and his love interest calling it quits. “Ya no quiero andar contigo”, which translates to “I don’t want to be with you anymore,” is the first single off of Favela’s upcoming album Llegando al Rancho. — J.R.
Lola Indigo, Danna Paola, Denise Rosenthal, “Santeria” (Universal Music Spain)
In a far, far away world, three goddesses joined forces to bring to life a new empowering bop for strong, independent women who take the reins. For her latest single, Spain’s Lola Indigo recruited Mexico’s Danna Paola and Chile’s Denise Rosenthal to showcase their powerhouse vocals and fierce attitude in “Santeria.” “Your dynasty is over / I am an emperor but the crown is mine / I have the command and you didn’t know / I was winning and you were losing,” Lola kicks off the rhythmic pop song. Named after the African diasporic religion, “Santeria” tells the story of a confident woman who has not only gotten over a breakup but put a spell on her ex so that he can never forget her even if he’s with someone else. The music video shows all three songstresses giving us major deity vibes. — J.R.
Diego Torres, Macaco, Jorge Villamizar, “Amanece” ft. Catalina García (Sony Music Latin)
Offering a beacon of light, Diego Torres’ recruits Macaco, Jorge Villamizar and Catalina García for the empowering anthem “Amanece.” The upbeat pop song finds Torres as anchor of a newscast who brings in some breaking news: the sun will rise. With the help of reporters in Bogotá (García), Barcelona (Macaco) and Colombia (Villamizar), the news team asks viewers to have hope and lean on each other during these trying times. “At this moment, life is giving us an opportunity to check on ourselves,” Torres said about the song. “To see where we were coming from, where we’re standing and where we want to go.” — G.F.
Xaxo, Lalo Ebratt, Mike Bahia, “Bebe” (Universal Music Group)
Artist-producers Xaxo are making way in the music industry, presenting today their latest collaboration with Lalo Ebratt and Mike Bahia dubbed “Bebe.” Composed by brothers Dav and Johnny, Xaxo is a talented duo who has produced songs for artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Sebastian Yatra, Marc Anthony, and Jason Derulo, to name a few. Immediately, in its first 20 seconds, music lovers will discover that “Bebe,” with its old-school reggaeton and Latin alternative fusions, will easily become their new favorite song for Club Quarantine. “Bebe,” which is about a man who’s crazy over a girl, counts with an edgy music video that features all three artists jamming to the song. — J.R.
Yasser Tejeda & Palotré featuring Vicente Garcia, “Amor Arrayano” (Guitambú Music Productions)
In a world of reality and dreams, Yasser Tejeda, along with his band Palotré, presents the sequel to “Papa Legba,” an audiovisual piece that tells the story of a young immigrant man who prays to the “Loas” [Voodoo Gods] to meet the love of his life. Following his previous single “Pa’ Villa Mella,” the New York-based Dominican artist now drops the music video for “Amor Arrayano,” featuring Vicente Garcia. The collaboration, brought to life by Jonathan “Jblak” Troncoso (percussion and background vocals), Otoniel Vargas (drums and background vocals), Kyle Miles (bass) and Tejeda (guitar, lead vocals, and background vocals), is an enchanting Afro-Caribbean folk fused with sensual jazz melodies about a long lost love. — J.R.