Korean & Mexican Boy Bands Super Junior & Reik Team Up On Cross-Cultural 'One More Time (Otra Vez)': Watch
Pop music worlds collided with the release of “One More Time (Otra Vez)” from Super Junior and Reik. The two legacy boy bands, representative of South Korea and Mexico respectively, teamed up on the Latin pop-flavored dance track, released Monday (Oct. 8) on Super Junior’s One More Time EP.
On “One More Time," the eight active members of Super Junior -- several are absent due to mandatory military service and other circumstances, and Heechul only participated minimally due to ongoing health concerns -- are joined by the trio Reik to serve up a rhythmic, sleek dance track that thrives on the diverse vocal tones each man has to offer. With lilting strings driving its reggaeton melody, the single is a new, K-pop take on timeless Latin pop sounds.
“One More Time” is the first Korean single from Super Junior since the return of vocalist Ryeowook from the South Korean military earlier this year. His vocals were last heard on 2015’s “Magic.”
The song was released through a music video that features both groups at the MGM Macau as they sensually perform “One More Time” together, with Reik providing the instrumental backing to Super Junior's choreography. Part friendly bonding between two boy bands and part dramatic reflections on love, the music video exudes a sense of luxury and overflows with sensuality as Super Junior dance suggestively in time with the melody.
One More Time offers-up both a solo Super Junior version of “One More Time” along with the collaboration, and also features the tropically-tinged "Animals," a remix by Play-N-Skillz of their song “Lo Siento” with Leslie Grace, and a cover of Luis Miguel's 1987 track "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar," itself a cover of Dusty Springfield's 1963 song "I Only Want to Be With You."
A veteran act in the K-pop scene that made it big with their 2009 hit “Sorry Sorry” and drove much of the industry in the late aughts and early ‘10s, Super Junior has spent much of 2018 turning their focus to the Latin American market. April saw the K-pop group work with Leslie Grace and Play-N-Skillz for their single “Lo Siento," which made history on the Latin Digital Song Sales Chart in April when it peaked at No. 13 and became the first-ever track from a Korean artist to appear on a Billboard Latin music chart. "One More Time (Otra Vez)" is the first time Super Junior has worked with Reik, who recently made their Hot 100 debut with "Me Niego" featuring Ozuna and Wisin, which peaked at No. 77 in May.
Watch the music video for Super Junior & Reik’s “One More Time (Otra Vez)” below: