“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.
KEVVO x J Balvin, “Billetes Azules” (Interscope Records)
After inking a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year, Kevvo has teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin for the release of his new single “Billetes Azules,” an infectious reggaeton track with hints of global EDM sounds. To elaborate, the track fuses Balvin’s distinct color with Kevvo’s raunchy perreo, showcasing the best sounds of Medellin, Colombia, and Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. For the rising urban act, teaming up with Balvin marks an important step in his career. “I learned a lot from working with him, and I’m sure this will be a major moment in my career. Nothing will be the same afterward. We made this song to have a good time. I’m proud of the final result, and I hope our fans enjoy it as much as we did!” he said in an official statement. The music video, directed by FilmbyDave, shows off Balvin and Kevvo’s playful side, dressing up as cops. Watch it below.
Arcangel, Los Favoritos 2 (Rimas Entertainment)
Arcangel just dropped his Los Favoritos 2, a sequel to Los Favoritos, released in 2015. Home to 18 tracks, including his Sech-assisted singles “Amantes y Amigos” and “Sigues Con El (Remix),” Arca stays faithful to his key to success: recruiting colleagues from the old and new schools of reggaeton. The intro, “Payaso,” and outro, “Favorito,” where he gives his best advice to the younger generation of artists, are the album’s only solo tracks. In Los Favoritos 2, Arcangel delivers a wave of fiery collaborations, including Maluma, Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro, Myke Towers, Cosculluela and more.
Experimenting with fresh reggaeton fusions, some of the tracks fans should not sleep on are “Sigas Moviendo,” “Normal,” “Emilio y Gloria” and the revamped version of the 2007 hit “Aparentemente 2” with the song’s original collaborators, Yaga y Mackie and De La Ghetto. Stream and listen to Los Favoritos 2 below.
Mau y Ricky, “La Grosera” (Sony Music Latin)
Mau y Ricky are back at it again, this time with an ultimate heartbreak track titled “La Grosera.” The reggaetón-pop track follows the duo’s reggae-punk/rock summer hit “Papás,” which sparked an irresistible challenge on Tik Tok. Like “Papás,” this new track is just as catchy and accompanied by witty and raunchy vengeful lyrics that find the pair acting calm, cool and collected post-breakup. “‘La Grosera,’ despite its name, is not explicit, it’s a song that talks from a place of heartbreak in an honest and genuine way. No filter. We all feel it when we get broken up with. It’s an honest reaction during a crappy moment,” say Mau y Ricky. “La Grosera” is Mau y Ricky’s second single from their forthcoming album Rifresh. The song is accompanied by a music video that takes us back to the ’90s and gives us a Step Brothers vibe as the duo embarks on an epic photo shoot.
Mariah Angeliq & Lele Pons, “Sucio y Lento” (Universal Music Latino)
Mariah Angeliq has joined forces with Lele Pons for the sultry “Sucio y Lento,” which translates to “dirty and slow” in English. In the down-tempo reggaeton track, the up-and-coming songstresses exchange sensual and unapologetic lyrics about having a one-night stand on their own terms, making their own money, and not depending on anyone. We also catch Lele Pons’ more urbana side. The music video, directed by Jose-Emilio Sagaro, shows the two artists having a good time in lingerie and even dropping their new TikTok challenge. Mariah Angeliq is confirmed to speak at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Week as part of the On the Rise (Part 1) panel taking place virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 21. To RSVP and see the full schedule, click here. Watch “Sucio y Lento” below.
Vanesa Martin, “Salto Mortal” (Warner Music Latina)
With her soothing vocals full of romanticism and poetry, Spanish crooner Vanesa Martin presents her newest single “Salto Mortal.” In a nutshell, the heartfelt song is about overcoming the past, taking risks and living again. “Don’t be afraid to start again/ We understood life the hard way/ We learned from a mortal jump,” she expresses in the track. The beautifully crafted instrumental melody is one of Martin’s “special ballads” on her forthcoming studio album, Siete Veces Si, dropping soon. Watch the simple yet powerful lyric video below.
Mati Gomez x Bala, “Como Nunca” (La Industria Inc / Sony Music Entertainment)
Marking their territory in the music industry, emerging artists Mati Gomez and Bala release their sugary urban-pop collaboration “Como Nunca.” With lyrics such as “Maybe I wasn’t the best, I made a mistake, I know/ Let’s kiss like never before, so we can stay forever,” the Chilean singer and popular Mexican YouTuber go back-and-forth on a relationship they want to make work. The lyrics were co-written by Daniel Rondón, Rafael Rodríguez “HoneyBoos,” Carlos Pérez Figueroa and Olegario Aguilar Rubio. In the music video, both Mati and Bala are singing the song on a cold winter day, reminiscing on their time together. Watch “Como Nunca” below.
Séssi, “Deja Que Te Lleve” (BPR Records / INVTBL)
Entering the Latin music scene with her debut single “Deja Que Te Lleve,” Séssi puts everything on the table — her killer dance moves, her deep-rooted lyrics, and most importantly, her fresh power vocals. The track flaunts Sessi’s vibrant tone off the bat before transitioning into a sultry reggaeton track, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Gavriel “Vein” Rafael. “Deja Que Te Lleve” narrates the story of a passionate adventure where the woman convinces the man to let himself be carried away by the moment and his feelings. Directed by Sarah Akiba, the music video is visually stunning and inspired by the popular ’80s flick Flashdance. Watch the clip below.