Jason Derulo – Take You Dancing
The highly-sought singer Jason Derulo strikes again with another catchy single, this time with the upbeat Take You Dancing. Regarding his latest hit, Derulo expressed hope that this single “can be a light in these trying days,” a statement I certainly agree with. In true Derulo fashion, it is a combination of various genres, emulating different moods — it’s sultry, but also cheeky, flirty and fun, it’s a pop-meets-R&B tune and it’s absolutely one that will welcome back club-goers in the near-future with open arms. Added to the mix is the Latin, almost ballroom twist it has, and all of this is tied together with the unique signature stamp added to every Derulo song — the “Jason Derulo” marker which has recently been popularised further by the internet, particularly TikTok.
‘Take You Dancing’ begins with a combination of gentle guitar-playing and a soft voice as the song establishes itself, which reminds me of the iconic intro to Susanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ (Google it — you’ll know it I promise you). It then quickly adds a beat to really set the upbeat mood and lock the infectious rhythm in place. A combination of acoustic and dance, ‘Take You Dancing’ builds up to the chilled pre-chorus, ‘[…] run away, I know that I should, / But my heart wanna stay’, before hitting the chorus, which showcases Derulo’s impressive high vocals. Yet it is the final ‘Let me take you dancing’ of the chorus which is the one to get the most excited about. Following this, the song brings back the gentle voice from the start, this time heightened with an explosive dance track which screams for a club rave or a workout session. And it is the moves at this point which really gives this song its stand-out.
What I really love about this single is the music video. I am a big fan of music videos. I believe that they can really heighten the story and indeed, the enjoyment of a song. And it seems that the value of the music video has been truly recognised in this era of the reviving dance trend craze. Combine that with lockdown, and here we have the TikTok dance phenomenon, something which Jason Derulo has joined in on. And albeit the ‘Take You Dancing’ music video is a fantastic addition to the TikTok dance trend, I believe that, TikTok or not, these energising dance moves will catch on fiercely in the same way that Daði Freyr’s simple but jazzy moves in his Eurovision entry ‘Think About Things’ did. I absolutely love the music video to ‘Take You Dancing.’ It is so well choreographed and performative, harking back to Derulo’s extensive performance experience. In particular, that retro zing threaded throughout the dance video, with the return of the beloved Running Man in that explosive dance break part of the chorus, is exactly what will make this song a dance classic. It adds the “just having fun” feel to the song which reminds us that in a very solemn world, sometimes the only answer is to just dance.
Derulo has had a musically lucrative and indeed, successful career. Initially recruited as a songwriter, Derulo released ‘Whatcha Say,’ in 2009, his first single, which rocketed him into stardom. Since then, he has reaped the rewards, with hits such as ‘In My Head,’ ‘Ridin’ Solo,’ ‘Talk Dirty (Feat. 2 Chainz),’ and ‘Want You To Want Me’ (each earning him 4x platinum certification from the RIAA), amongst recents like ‘Wiggle (Feat. Snoop Dogg)’ (3x platinum) and ‘Swalla (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)’ (2x platinum). Yet his musical talent spans beyond the hits he has continued to release. In 2018, at the European Music Awards, Derulo stunned fans with his performance of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Time to Say Goodbye,’ later revealing that he has been classically trained for a long time. He then starred in the musical film ‘Cats’ a year later, highlighting his performing arts background. He is next set to star in biographical film Spinning Gold, playing soul icon Ron Isley.
With such an extensive range of arts and performance talent, it is no wonder that Take You Dancing is an explosion of range and texture. I love the last chorus in its layering of more instruments, with the introduction of piano and violin, as well as more echoing voices in the faint distance, giving the song more of a ballroom feel to it. Derulo’s songs are always twisting genres, highlighting that music is an art to truly have fun with, and this is what I love about the artist — his enthusiasm and charm when performing. Take You Dancing is certain to reign over our summer, adding some fun where fun is well and truly due — and I expect to see a lot more Running Man enthusiasts in the next few weeks.