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First Stream Latin: New Music From Lunay, Rauw Alejandro, Adriana Ríos, Leonel García & More

Rauw Alejandro, “Todo De Ti” (Sony Music Latin)

A departure from his signature urban-leaning sonority, Rauw Alejandro released a dance-pop track with summer anthem potential. Produced by Mr. NaisGai, “Todo De Ti” allows Alejandro to show off not only his dancing abilities and roller-skating skills, but also his chameleonic abilities to shift gears and go from hard-core reggaeton to a sweet, groovy pop tune. Spreading ’80s dance-floor nostalgia, the track is accompanied by an atmospheric video directed by Marlon Peña. Watch for smooth dance moves and a cameo by four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal who joins Alejandro and company in a skating ring dance battle. — GRISELDA FLORES

Nella, Doce Margaritas (Sony Music Latin)

Nella’s superpower is a sweet-but-throaty voice that cuts through the clutter with compelling elegance. No wonder the Venezuelan singer won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in 2019. And no wonder that, despite her youth, she’s eschewed reggaeton for a jazzy pop style laced with Spanish touches that allows her voice to float over simple-yet-rhythmically complex arrangements. Nella is a protégé of acclaimed Spanish producer Javier Limón, who penned and produced most of this sophomore album. Although there is more “commercial” fare, like the uptempo opening track and single “Solita,” produced by Julio Reyes, and “Volare” alongside Pedro Capó, Nella is at her best when she gets introspective. “De Vez en Cuando,” set over a solo piano that initially evokes the short pieces of Spanish composer Enrique Granados and then devolves into a Cuban son, is sheer beauty. This is a set to savor with time and perhaps some cognac. — LEILA COBO

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