Normally when you hear the word ‘Remix,’ you expect to hear a wildly different rendition of a song you love, possibly featuring a new rhythm, increased instrumentation or simply a reimagining of the original artist’s intent through a completely different school of musical thought. As such, the ‘Remix’ of Pedro Capó’s delightful “Calma” filled fans with joy, as its already-beautiful composition would be wonderful to hear in a new light, maybe providing a much more upbeat dance rhythm or an electronic aesthetic that could bring the song to new heights. Instead, fans merely received a couple Rap verses from Farruko; That’s called a ‘Feature,’ not a ‘Remix,’ people – Regardless of the underwhelming nature of this so-called ‘Remix,’ it at least maintains the beautifully simplistic structure of the original track, making sure not to disrupt what is arguably the most delicate Latin Pop song of the summer, what with its tender narrative about having found the perfect partner, waking up every day to the most beautiful sight & enjoying the simple life whilst you frolic in the sunshine & splash along the coastline together.
So, what exactly does Farruko add to this mix that warranted his inclusion in the first place? Not much, unsurprisingly. Other than harmonizing with Capó to inject a bit of body into his admittedly lighthearted track, Farruko’s verses merely add some vaguely-sexual undertones & descriptive scenery elements to the storyline, talking about how rich the water feels along the coast or speaking of all the drinks you’re going to share together, acting more like Pitbull describing the many destinations you’ll discover on one of his cruises than a romantic trying to win the heart of their lover forevermore; It’s lazy writing for the sake of promotion, Capó clearly pressed by the studio to include Farruko to extend the song’s reach, much like how Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee needed to include Justin Bieber on “Despacito” for the North American views, of which the original Spanish-language version still managed to outpace its ‘Remix’ by nearly 300% – But there’s still a bit more to observe here, as Farruko also brings with him a brand new music video production. This time, rather than engaging in a romantic getaway with his betrothed, Capó is surrounded by an entire group of young lovers, everyone enjoying their island paradise together & flexing for the camera on a regular basis. While this does add a bit of sex appeal – which the original definitely wasn’t lacking – to the production, it actually just makes it feel more awkward, as the song’s pace is far too relaxed for how crazily everyone is partying & the edgy urban look of character-extras in the background clashes with the lighthearted nature of the song, their ridiculously over-the-top reactions to the music – like hype jumping, G-posing & finger-guns – taking you out of the experience, feeling incredibly out-of-character & forced; Farruko even shreds a few donuts on his 4-wheeler, as if “Calma” was so wild a track that he needed to show off the extent of his partying madness – Honestly, it feels like they simply had a huge budget to waste & figured they’d go have a party with their friends, claiming it’s a serious music video shoot for a song which already had its own compelling video production, but hey, you can’t blame ‘em for wanting to have a good time. This ‘Remix’ is really nothing special whatsoever, but it does remind listeners of just how serene & heartwarming Capó’s original mix is, encouraging them to go back & jam that version a few more times for the joy of it all.

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Song Info

"Calma (Remix)"

Songwriter

Pedro Capó, George Noriega, Gabriel Edgar Gonzalez Perez, Pedro Capó, Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, George Noriega, Gabriel Edgar Gonzalez Perez, Franklin Jovani Martínez, Sharo Towers, Pedro Capó, Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, George Noriega, Gabriel Edgar Gonzalez Perez, Franklin Jovani Martínez, Sharo Towers

Released

  • Oct 05, 2018

Formats

  • Digital download
  • streaming
  • Digital download
  • streaming
  • Digital download
  • streaming

Label

  • Sony Latin
  • Sony Latin
  • Sony Music US Latin

Producer

  • Rec808
  • George Noriega
  • Rec808
  • George Noriega
  • Sharo Towers

Genres

  • Latin pop
  • reggaeton
  • Latin pop
  • reggaeton

Wiki

"Calma" is a single by Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capó. The song was co-written by Capó, George Noriega and Gabriel Edgar Gonzalez Perez.
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