In 2016, the remix is almost always better than the original. Back in the day, a remix meant a full reworking of a track, usually with an altered or totally new instrumental. That still holds true in some instances, but more often than not, it’s basically the same cut with more verses and more star power. What’s not to like? How can I ever go back to the original version? Decide for yourself on New Latin & Tropical, featuring these following remixes and much, much more!
1. Ozuna – “Si No Te Quiere Remix”
We’re awaiting a full-length from star-child, Ozuna, but every single he’s released so far is murdering on Pandora. With the “Si No Te Quiere Remix,” he leverages the power of the remix with a collabo/cosign from Farruko and Arcángel. It’s a win/win. Farru and Arca align themselves with the rookie of the year and Ozuna gets a big plug.
Old school collaborators Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam offer up their version of the Fat Joe/Remy Ma anthem, and the result is solid! It’s exciting to see walls are being broken down between genres and languages. Side note: Remember when Fat Joe challenged DY to a political debate in 2008? It never transpired.
No one provokes the, “Haven’t I heard this before?” sentiment like Enrique. He’s basically made the same song over and over since the success of “Bailando,” and that’s not a criticism! His latest, “Duele El Corazón,” has no fewer than four remixes. The latest version features pop artist Tinashe and reggae vocalist Javada, in a concerted Spanglish crossover effort.
Don Omar is sparing with his remix appearances, making his participation here alongside Zion & Lennox seem additionally exclusive. What is already a great summer track is elevated into a summer anthem. It’s nice to see reggaetón OGs still making impactful music, and this is the perfect example of how a remix can take a track to the next level.
This is a good look if you’re an unknown artist. Release a remix of a song that nobody has heard of and add high power cameos from artists like Alexis & Fido, De La Ghetto and Carlitos Rossy. This way, everyone thinks that they’ve been sleeping on you. Sit back and watch the intrigue, mystery and anticipation grow. Well played, Jey M.
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