“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.
Manuel Turizo x Rauw Alejandro x Myke Towers, “La Nota” (La Industria, Inc./Sony Music Latin)
After dropping his quarantine-born “Quiereme Mientras Se Pueda,” Manuel Turizo presents his newest bop in collaboration with Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers. “La Nota,” which was penned by all three talents in conjunction with La Industria Inc.’s CEO, Juan Diego Medina and produced by hitmaker Tainy, is a sensual reggaeton about a bachelorette whose flirtatious and mysterious ways drive men crazy. In the neon-drenched music video, directed by Daniel Duran, all three artists become real-life toys fighting to catch the attention of the beautiful model who’s having the time of her life at an empty arcade and toy store. Does she walk away with Turizo, Rauw or Towers? Watch the video below to find out.
La Marisoul, Love Notes Orchestra (Rebeleon Entertainment)
La Marisoul placed all bets on timeless boleros for her first solo album titled Love Notes Orchestra. The set is an homage to her father, who had always wanted the singer-songwriter to record with a live orchestra and sing the songs of some of their favorite artists such as Toña La Negra and La Sonora Santanera. La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul poured her heart out singing “Bonita,” “Urge,” “Un Telegrama” and “Angelitos Negros” accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra. The 7-tack album was recorded in February at a performing arts center in California. “When I was invited to perform, I immediately thought about my dad,” La Marisoul told Billboard. “He would always tell me ‘hija, you should sing with a live orchestra’ and I would always think that would be cool but never got around to doing it. The performance took place around the one-year anniversary of his passing and I thought this would be a great way to honor the vision he had and feel a connection with him now that he’s no longer here with me.”
Juanfran x VF7, “Par De Miradas” (DN7 Music)
Juanfran and VF7, two of Latin music’s promising artists, have joined forces in “Par de Miradas,” a song about unrequited love. The 16-year-old Spanish singer and 13-year-old Puerto Rican songstress exchange verses about an ex-couple whose relationship has no fix. For VF7, this was a highly-anticipated collaboration. “I had been waiting to collaborate with JuanFran for a while, and I was finally able to meet him in Spain and we managed to work on the single in Puerto Rico,” she said in a statement. “Par de Miradas” was produced by Mr. NaisGai and released via DN7 Music. The music video filmed between Puerto Rico and Spain by director Abner Maldonado, for Abez Media, shows the two teen stars confessing their feelings through a phone call. Watch it below.
C. Tangana, “Demasiadas Mujeres” (Sony Music Spain)
C. Tangana’s Demasiadas Mujeres” is a build up of pop-urban pulsing sounds that create an almost suspense-like beat that later reaches its climax resulting in an explosion of fast-paced sounds. In the track, the Spanish artist shows off his his avant-garde vision of Latin sounds that goes beyond any expectations of what pop or urban should be. “Demasiadas Mujeres” pulls inspiration from all the memorable times he experienced along the way as well as all the sometimes-gloomy moments mixed in between. The track is an ode to all the women who have crossed his path and left their mark on him. The music video that was released along with the song is a must watch. In the video, the visual artist and musician weaves his Spanish heritage with modern-day musical influences. “The video seeks to provide a visual symbolic representation of the emotions that the Spanish-born musician is feeling,” according to a statement.
Hunters of the Alps, “Cul de Sac” (Cosmica Artists)
Hunters of the Alps, which kicked off as a musical collaboration in 2012, returns to the music scene as Mario Giancarlo Garibaldi’s solo project, presenting its comeback single “Cul de Sac.” With lyrics such as “I want you to touch me while we are dancing” and “you made me believe in me and I don’t want to lose anymore,” the mesmerizing new wave-tinged pop song “yearns for affection and human touch while drenched in nostalgia, written in a time when it seems that is just not possible at the moment,” Garibaldi explains. The music video, directed by Camila Saldarriaga and with a stellar acting performance by Veronica Osorio, navigates through the hazy dreams of a girl in love.