For the past couple years, Ricky Martin has been on an urbano collab roll, collecting features on tracks with Maluma, Residente and Bad Bunny and Wisin & Yandel. Today, though, we get a new EP from Martin, which includes various special guests, including someone you’d likely not expect: Mexican alt-pop, heartstring-tugging fave Carla Morrison. The PAUSA EP also features Pedro Capó, Sting and his recent collab with Bad Bunny & Residente.
The Spanish-language pop ballad “Recuerdo,” out now, is one of those soaring numbers that hits you in the feels, no matter how thick your emotional shield may be. The pairing itself a surprise, listeners get a more significant jolt when hearing how well the twosome’s voices, manipulated just so, blend for many a shiver-inducing moment. Following the chorus is a universally understood expelling of emotion that feels like the warmest embrace—maybe from someone you loved, whose hugs you physically miss.
“Recuerdo” marks Morrison’s return from a couple years’ without releasing new music, save for remixes. For Martin, the PAUSA EP is something he’s been teasing on socials accompanied by the hashtag #PausaPlay.