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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.

Steve Aoki & Santa Fe Klan ft. Snow Tha Product, “Ultimate” (DJ Kid Millionaire)

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There are songs worth waiting for and “Ultimate” is one of those tracks. Steve Aoki may have thrown the latest summer banger of the season — one that’s been in the works since pre-COVID times. The new collaboration, which will be part of his next album HiROQUEST: Genesis, is truly a rich fusion of sounds (from cumbia to rap and EDM) loyal to its collaborators who, like Aoki, have their own signature sound. Santa Fe Klan and Snow Tha Product, representing Mexican rap culture, join Aoki in this trap song powered by an infectious reggaeton beat. —GRISELDA FLORES

Gera MX, “Dad” (Gera MX)

Melancholy saxophone and piano melodies bring the down-tempo hip-hop track “Papá” to life. In it, Gera MX writes a personal letter to her late father, asking above all, “How are you? I know you guide me but I missed you. In the heartfelt rap-R&B fusion, the Mexican rapper holds a deep conversation with his father, telling him everything he’s been through and accomplished since his passing. “Since you left, I have succeeded and built an empire,” he chants. In the animated music video, Gera is seen climbing the stairs to heaven and reuniting with her father. “Papá” is one of 21 ultra-personal songs Gera released this week as part of a double album: No Teniamos Nada, Pero Eramos Felices and Ahora Tengo Todo Menos A Ti. —JESSICA ROIZ

CNCO, XOXO (Sony Latin Music)

CNCO publishes its latest love letter to its fans in XOXO, the album that would mark the boy band’s final album after seven years together. This upbeat pop album with heartfelt ballads is a combination of soulful pop powered by rhythmic tracks. ‘No Se Va’, a groovy track about the memories that stay with us after a relationship ends, is one such track, as is the sultry ‘Sábanas Mojadas’. Then there’s the infectious party anthem “Party, Humo y Alcohol.” Composed by a team of star songwriters, the album’s central track “Miami” features up-and-coming actor Beele and perfectly encapsulates the eclectic energy that brings the whole thing to life. — INGRID FAJARDO

Nanpa Basic ft. Ryan Castro, “IDILIO” (Nanpa Basic)

The new wave of Colombian artists continues to join forces, and this time Nanpa Básico and Ryan Castro are blessing fans with “IDILIO,” marking their first collaborative effort. Produced by SOG, the track is sultry, edgy dancehall that showcases both Nanpa and Ryan’s infectious vocals. “Idilio”, written by the two Colombians, tells the story of two people who had an intense but short-lived relationship. In the music video, the two artists perform the track while surrounded by a group of dancers. —JR

Reik & Sech, “5 Estrellas” (Sony Music Latin)

Given that Reik and Sech share the same intensity and passion in their lyrics, one would think that they have collaborated in the past. The no-brainer team is finally here in the form of a heartbreaking anthem. The end result is a pop gem that showcases Reik’s romanticism, the genre that isn’t overbearing, and Sech’s raw, honest poetry that brings this exchange of verse between two heartbroken men to life. —GF

Justin Quiles, “Fuego Forestal” (Warner Music Latin)

After completing a successful tour of Europe, Justin Quiles releases “Fuego Forestal”, a melodious reggaeton track that stays true to the essence of J Quiles. Produced by Jazz and Lelo, and written by Emmanuel Infante, Kristian Daniel Ginoro and Quiles, the single features provocative lyrics about a girl who becomes a fiery, sexy version of herself when she drinks and parties. A music video directed by Jorge No & Yungakita shows a flamenco dancer breaking society’s expectations of her, bringing the lyrics of the good girl turned mean to life. —JR

Ramon Vega, “ITA” (Sony Music Latin)

Up-and-coming Mexican singer-songwriter Ramón Vegas has proven himself to be a chameleon artist who can navigate between worlds and genres, and do so seamlessly. Vega, who was originally billed as a regional Mexican artist, has released his first-ever reggaeton track, which is his second preview of his upcoming album. PA IT 🙂. His new song follows the funky trap “eScoRpiÓn” and shows a new side of Vega. In “ITA :)”, Vega talks about a woman who feels bichota and ready to conquer the world. But first, an unforgettable evening with her best friends. —GF

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