First Stream Latin: New music from Steve Aoki, Reik & Sech, CNCO & 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.

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 has unleashed perhaps the last summer banger of the season – one that’s been in the works since the pre-COVID era. The new collaboration, which will be part of his upcoming album HiROQUEST: Genesis, is truly a rich fusion of sounds (cumbia to rap and EDM) that stays true to its collaborators who, like Aoki, have their own signature core sound. Representing Mexican rap culture, Santa Fe Klan and Snow Tha Product join Aoki in this trap-heavy song driven by an infectious head-bobbing reggaeton beat. — GRISELDA FLORES

Gera MX, “Papá” (Gera MX)

A melancholic saxophone and piano melodies bring life to the downbeat hip-hop track “Papá”. In it, Gera MX writes a personal letter to his late father, in which he first of all asks: “How have you been?” I know you’re guiding me, but I’ve missed you.” In the heartfelt rap-R&B fusion, the Mexican rapper has a deep conversation with his father, telling him everything he’s been through and accomplished since his passing. “Since you left, I’ve become successful and built an empire,” he shouts. In the animated music video, Gera climbs the stairs to heaven and reunites with his father. “Papá” is one of 21 ultra-personal songs that Gera dropped this week as part of a double album release: No Teniamos Nada, Pero Eramos Felices and Ahora Tengo Todo Menos A Ti. — JESSICA ROIZ

CNC, XOXO (Sony Music Latin)

CNCO released their final love letter to their fans in XOXO, the album that will mark the boy band’s final album after seven years together. This upbeat pop album with heartfelt ballads is a combination of melancholic pop driven by pounding beat numbers. “No Se Va,” a groovy tune about memories that stay with us after a relationship comes to an end, is one of those tracks, as is the sensual “Sábanas Mojadas.” Then there’s the infectious party anthem “Party, Humo y Alcohol.” Composed by an all-star team of songwriters, the album’s focal track “Miami” features new track Beele and perfectly encapsulates the eclectic energy that brings the entire set to life. — INGRID FAJARDO

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

The new wave of Colombian artists continues to join forces, and this time Nanpa Básico and Ryan Castro bless fans with “IDILIO”, marking their first collaboration. Produced by SOG, the track is a sensual and edgy dancehall that highlights 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 acts are seen performing the number as they were surrounded by a group of dancing women. – JR

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

Given that both Reik and Sech share the same intensity and passion in their lyrics, one would think that they had already collaborated before. The obscure team is finally here in the form of a heartbreaking anthem. The end result is a pop gem that foregrounds Reik’s romance, the kind that isn’t overbearing, and Sech’s raw and honest poetry that brings to life this exchange of verses between two heartbroken men. — GF

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

After finishing a successful tour in Europe, Justin Quiles drops “Fuego Forestal”, a melodic 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 and sexy version of herself when she drinks and parties. A music video directed by Jorge No & Yungakita features a flamenco dancer breaking out of society’s expectations of her and bringing the good girl gone bad to life. – JR

Ramón Vega, “ITA” (Sony Music Latin)

Up-and-coming Mexican singer-songwriter Ramón Vegas has proven to be a chameleon artist who can step between worlds and genres and do so seamlessly. Originally billed as a regional Mexican artist, Vega has released his first ever reggaeton track, his second preview of his upcoming album PA TI 🙂. His new song follows the funky trap “eScoRpiÓn” and shows a new side of Vega. In “ITA :)” Vega sings 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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