Viva Friday is a compilation of new songs, albums and videos recommended by Streets Talkin Latin's editors. Here are this week's picks:
1. Bad Bunny, “Estamos Bien”
Vacations are over! Bad Bunny is back with “Estamos Bien,” surprisingly released on Thursday morning. This new single doesn’t go far from Bad Bunny’s style, but its lyrics are less obscene than the usual. Definitely a change for “el conejo malo.”
2. Ozuna feat. Manuel Turizo, “Vaina Loca”
Ozuna continues his string of romantic songs. This time, he joins up-and-coming Colombian artist Manuel Turizo for a soft urban song. The single comes from Ozuna’s forthcoming album, Aura, which is set to be released Aug. 24.
3. Luis Enrique feat. Erick Nicoya, “Mordaza”
Nicaraguan singer/songwriter Luis Enrique gets political with “Mordaza” (Gag), a song that takes aim at the Nicaraguan government’s strong-arm tactics, which have resulted in more than 200 deaths since April. With help from Nicaraguan rapper Erick Nicoya, this is political conscience with a beat.
4. Saul Quirós, “Fin de Fiesta”
Young Spanish artists are taking flamenco and running with it. Add Saul Quirós to a list that includes the brilliantly experimental Niño de Elche and the irresistible flamenco-for-the trap generation singer Rosalía. Quirós’ flamenco-pop vocals have their own special appeal, as heard on his new single “Fin de Fiesta,” the first from his upcoming self-titled album on Universal Music Spain. Producer Javier Limon provides a bewitching backdrop here with his characteristically global music-influenced sound — familiar from his worldly work with Buika, Diego el Cigala and Bebo Valdes.
6. Silvestre Dangond, feat. Natti Natasha, “Justicia”
Dangond blends his vallenato with traces of reggaeton and salsa in a track where the man steps in to help the girl get over a louse. The lyrics make this work “He thinks you’re asleep, and you’re here in my bed,” says Dangond. “I’m not a tramp, I’m a lady,” replies Natti Natasha. “We got justice because in love, whoever cheats pays.” Fun.
8. Arturo Sandoval feat. Prince Royce, “Don’t You Worry 'Bout a Thing”
This music video of Sandoval and Royce’s take on Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry 'Bout a Thing” is more a “making of,” shot at the studio when both were recording the song. But at a time when artistry is scarce, it’s refreshing to see two outstanding musicians at work.
9. Mau & Ricky, “Japonesa”
This cute, mellow song has a slight reggae beat and is just light and fun and summery. We do wonder why the Japanese girlfriend isn’t anywhere in the lyric video, but the official music video will no doubt clear that up.