Last year, Daddy Yankee scored another smash with “Con Calma,” one of the first in a recent wave of Latin tracks that sample throwback radio hits. The reggaetón icon recruited Snow, the original singer of the 1992 song “Informer,” for his upbeat version. By May, “Con Calma” had reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, where it stayed for 14 weeks.
“In Latin urban music, we started something a little different,” says Juan Salinas of Play-N-Skillz, the production duo behind “Con Calma” and this January’s “Muévelo” by Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam. (The track features an interpolation of a fragment of the 1994 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dancehall hit “Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze.) “Everybody saw the success of ‘Con Calma’ and how the melodies of a familiar song appealed to people around the world,” says the Texas-based producer-DJ. “Even if you don’t know the artist or understand the language they’re singing in, you might love its melody and therefore fall in love with the new version.”