New musical choices: Kenia OS, Christina Aguilera, Chiquis and more
Welcome to LATINA’s weekly roundup of the best new music releases. This week’s list includes Christina Aguilera’s most personal Spanish song to date, Kenia OS that launches a new era and Wisin y Yandel’s latest album.
Also on the list: Young Miko teams up with Lyanno, Chiquis teams up with Raymix, and a moment of female power between Natti Natasha and María Becerra. Plus, Maluma’s new love song and Danny Ocean’s ode to sex.
Kenya OS, “Mía Mía,”
Kenia OS ushers in a new era in her musical career. The rising Mexican pop star has released her single “Mía Mía”, which foreshadows her upcoming album “K23”. In the JonTheProducer-led track, OS sings about loving each other and putting yourself out there over trap beats with an electronic twist. In the music video for the fierce track, she debuts her futuristic image. About her new direction, OS told LATINA, “I’ve always believed that we all have different worlds within ourselves. In my case, I feel there’s a part of me that is Kenia Os, another who is Kenia Guadalupe and another who is just Kenia. ‘K23’ is like a Kenini in the metaverse. She will be touring the United States for the first time early next year with her K23 Tour.
Christina Aguilera, “No Es Que Te Extrañe”
Christina Aguilera closed the trilogy of EPs that make up her Latin album with the release of “La Luz”. The latest EP from his album “Aguilera” features a spoken word intro and the heartbreaking ballad “No Es Que Te Extrañe”. In the bolero, Aguilera apparently sings for her estranged father, who she says verbally and physically abused her mother. The spoken intro alludes to this when Aguilera says in Spanish: “There are times in life when it is better to forgive, to accept the past, to forgive those who have hurt us […] so that we can find peace within ourselves. The clip “No Es Que Te Extrañe” continues the theme; in it, Aguilera burns down an old house filled with depictions of childhood trauma. Xtina’s most personal offering in Spanish is also its most powerful moment.
Raymix and Chiquis, “55”
Chiquis embraces cumbia music with one of the best artists in the genre. Mexican producer and singer Raymix has teamed up with Chiquis for his new single “55”. Backed by the electro-cumbia beats of Raymix, he exchanges verses with the Mexican-American artist about feeling good in the club and trying to call their drunk exes. About her work with Raymix, Chiquis told LATINA, “I love connecting with other genres and amazing artists like my dear friend Raymix. Music has no boundaries, I hope people love the rhythm and the lyrics as much as I. ¡Viva el talento Mexicano!” The club’s playful anthem follows Chiquis’ recent Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Banda Album for “Abeja Reina.”
Natti Natasha and Maria Becerra, “Lokita”
Natti Natasha keeps girl power going with her latest collab. The Dominican superstar has teamed up with rising Argentinian singer María Becerra for “Lokita.” In the sexy reggaeton romp, Natasha and Becerra sing about Latino men around the world driving them crazy. Both women shout out to Latino men from Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Speaking about the experience working with Becerra, Natasha told LATINA, “Working with María was very special. To be completely honest, we both enjoyed writing and recording this track together. It’s a song that I’m sure will make people dance and enjoy it overall.
Lyanno and Young Miko, “Salvaje”
Two of Puerto Rico’s rising stars, Lyanno and rapper Young Miko, have teamed up for “Salvaje,” a sinister-sounding Latin trap track. “Salvage” is. Lyanno and Young Miko, who is openly queer, serenade the women they care about with sexy rhymes. “I love Kylie Jenner’s lips,” sings Young Miko. Towards the end of their bizarre banger, the song turns into a dance floor where the two artists get more playful with their words. In April, Lyanno told LATINA, “My passion [in my music] is for women. To know how they think, how they feel and represent them in all my songs. They are the ones who buy my tickets and come to see me and listen to my music.
Wisin y Yandel, “The Ultimate Mission”
Wisin and Yandel join forces for one last mission. The Puerto Rican duo have released their latest album, titled “La Última Misión”. The expansive 21-track album sees the pioneers of reggaeton team up with many of today’s superstars. Spanish pop star Rosalía features on the alluring reggaeton track “Besos Moja2.” It’s a remake of Wisin y Yandel’s 2009 classic “Besos Mojados.” Reggae-infused “No Sales de Mi Cabeza” features Jamaican icon Sean Paul. Wisin y Yandel also experimented with bachata music alongside Dominican-American pop star Prince Royce in the sultry “Un Ladrón.” Puerto Rican singer Rauw Alejandro joins his heroes for the sexy “Vapor” club banger. Wisin y Yandel come out in style with their album “La Última Misión”. They are currently performing across the United States on their latest tour.
Maluma adds a little extra pep to his step in his new single “Junio.” The Colombian superstar ditches his reggaeton musical roots for Latin pop in the feel-good love song. Backed by guitar and punchy beats, Maluma is a fluid operator as he lyrically serenades the woman of his interest. “How amazing would it be if you were my girlfriend,” he sings in Spanish. “Junio” will be included on Maluma’s next album which will see him adopt more pop sounds. In other Maluma news, he recently released the Royalty by Maluma fall collection. Her fashion line is now available at Macy’s stores and on the Macy’s website. “Through my fashion journey in Milan and Paris and watching my designer friends take risks, I was inspired to create a collection that would break fashion traditions for everyone,” Maluma told LATINA.
Danny Ocean, “Baby”
Danny Ocean teases his upcoming album with new single “Bebe” which will be featured on “@DannOcean By Danny Ocean Part 2”. Although he is known for his reggaeton bangers like “Me Rehúso”, he has recently experimented with other genres. The hypnotic “Bebe”, Ocean is supported by hip-hop rhythms with an electronic touch. “The song is dedicated to those who don’t want to have a serious relationship but love sex at the same time,” he told LATINA. That’s exactly what Ocean means when he sings “Let’s make a baby” in Spanish. The music video for “Bebe” features Netflix star “Rebelde” Azul Guaita singing the track. Ocean also announced that he will be touring the United States early next year.