First Stream Latin: New music from Juanes, Sofia Reyes, Pablo Alboran and more

First stream Latin is a collection of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors. See this week’s picks below.


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Juanes, “Amores Prohibidos” (Universal Music Latino)

Colombian rocker Juanes imagines secret lovers separated during the pandemic in this seductive song that combines cumbia, electro rock/funk rhythms and classic guitar riffs and solos. “There’ll be some god who blesses forbidden loves, and between ‘I love you’ and ‘I love you,’ don’t see a threat,” the rock star sings in the chorus, en Español. “There will be a god who blesses fleeting loves, I want what you want, you want what I want,” he continues.

“The song idea started from an article I read during the pandemic about the difficulty of maintaining private relationships, ones that could not be known to the world,” Juanes said in a press release. The accompanying music video, directed by José Emilio Sagaró, is an intimate, sensual abstract piece that presents various couples and groups of people in bed while Juanes strums his guitar and sings. “Amores Prohibidos” is the first single from the rock star’s upcoming album, due out in 2023. — SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS

Sofia Reyes, “Luna” (Warner Music Latina)

Sofia Reyes turns into a goddess in her latest single “Luna”. Thriving on a soothing calypso beat, the pop track finds the Mexican singer-songwriter as free and honest as ever, not shying away from saying exactly what she wants from her next lover. For an even more magical and divine experience, “why don’t we go to the moon?” she suggests. “Luna” is Reyes’ first single from her upcoming album, due out next year. The new set follows Paint the Amorespublished earlier this year. — GRISELDA FLORES

Pablo Alborán & María Becerra, “Amigos” (Warner Music Spain)

In their first collaboration, Alborán and Becerra teamed up on a musical love letter. The Spanish crooner and Argentinian powerhouse beautifully weave their vocals together to bring to life a story of two friends who have feelings for each other but don’t dare take the next step. “I can see life in color, the whole neighborhood is watching us/ Drinking the hours like they were liquor/ I’ll take your hand and we’ll run, in a little while we’ll be back/ Nobody’s calling us, we won’t answer,” they sing in the chorus Singing about curing each other’s loneliness and being each other’s blood in their veins, the metaphorical “Amigos” is a romantic ballad fused with flamenco. — JESSICA ROIZ

Danny Ocean, @dannocean (part 2) (Atlantic Recordings)

Venezuelan artist and producer Danny Ocean releases the long-awaited second part to his @Dannocean album this week. A quintessential Danny Ocean album, the set thrives on his signature raspy vocals, mellow melodies and bubbly and mellow beats – while also exploring new sounds, such as a romantic salsa. The romantic crooner also experiments with pop, urban and Caribbean rhythms, fusing different genres such as bachata, salsa, reggaetón and traditional ballads. The album features collaborations with Mora, for “No es Amor”, and a beautiful collaboration with Elena Rose on “Las Estrellas // si tu me love me”, which is a spiritual and magical song. It’s a reminder to the person you’re with that they’re beautiful and have everything you need! “Si tu me love me” asks: If you love me and I love you, why aren’t we together? — INGRID FAJARDO

Chancha Via Circuito, La Estrella (Wonderwheel Recording)

Enter La Estrella, a cosmic tropical canyon where warm water drips over undulating beats among swirling dandelion leaves. With his delicious electronic reworkings somewhere in either outer space, the jungle or the abyss, the Argentinian alchemist instantly sets the mood where you know you’re in for an immersive sonic experience, à la the 1994 sci-fi film Stargate. On the strain-laden single “Cometa,” Chancha Vía Circuito gets fusion-folk act Fémina, with Toti and Wewi delivering powerful chants with gusto; in the middle of “Amor en silencio,” Canada-by-way-of-Colombia artist Lido Pimienta unleashes a euphoric howl that’s like a siren call. Although his seven guests offer plenty of exciting moments throughout the album, Pedro Canale (real name) shines brightly on his own in four of them, where his mesmerizing alchemy is pushed to the fore. — ISABELA RAYGOZA

Grupo Firme & Joss Favela, “La Bailadora” (Music VIP Entertainment/TuStreams)

Grupo Firme and Joss Favela both step out of their comfort zones on their first collaboration “La Bailadora”. Instead of dropping a Norteño or Ranchera number, Firme and Favela unleashed a captivating cumbia sonidero style, singing about a woman who loves to dance and is the center of attention at any party. “I got a girlfriend who loves to dance and I like that she’s a dancer/ The only bad thing is that I get tired quickly and she doesn’t like to dance alone,” Eduin Caz belts in the track. The single is accompanied by a playful, vibrant music video featuring both acts, as well as Mexican actor and comedian Adrián Garcia Uribe. – JR

El Fantasma & Pepe Aguilar, “Enseñanza de los Viejos” (Afinarte Music)

This is not the first time that El Fantasma and Pepe Aguilar have joined their powerful vocals for a banda anthem. After “Tus Desprecios”, which they released last year, the pair are now back with “Enseñanza de los Viejos” – an ode to parents, grandparents and those who have taught or passed on valuable lessons. “From my mother I learned to be a good person, my father taught me not to be ordinary/ With pride I come from my father’s schooling and because of my nana today I am a decent person,” both sing. — GF

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