Various Artists

Pina Records: La Formula [Deluxe Edition]

(CD & DVD - Pina Records / Sony Music Entertainment / Sony Music Latin #270269)

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Capping off a successful summer in 2012, the Pina Records label dropped La Formula as back to school shopping was underway. It was a suitable release date for this roster-spanning celebration, which feels like one last reggaeton pool party before returning to work/class/what-have-you. Here, the vibrant and bright "Diosa de los Corazones" single finds an album home, this time in its original version plus a club remix that pumps up the bass. Speaking of club beats, there are plenty of R&B and hip-hop flavors to enjoy as the reggaeton genre continues to expand, but purists get their fill, especially when Zion and Lennox lead labelmates Arcángel, Ken-Y, and Maldy through the tradtionalist anthem "La Formula Sigue." RKM & Ken-Y bring some convincing heartache to round out the set with their fine ballad "Cuando Te Emanores," and with 21 cuts in total, this collection is fat with both star power and slick material. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]

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