by Drake (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Released April 5, 2016. It’s the second single off of his album “Views.”
#1 for 7 weeks so far (May 15-21. May 29-July 9 + ?)
Genre: Dancehall, House, Afrobeat
Label: -OVO Sound -Cash Money -Young Money.
Writers: -Aubrey Graham (Drake) -Paul Jefferies -Aman Tekleab -Noah Shebib -Logan Sama -Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun -Themba Sekowe -Osabuohien Osaretin -Kayla Smith -Errol Reid.
Producers: Ninteen85 -Dj Maphorisa -40 -Wizkid -Sarz.
This song features vocals from both Nigerian Afrobeat Artist ,Wizkid, and British House singer, Kyla.
“One Dance” not only features Kyla’s vocals, but samples another (‘08) song by Crazy Cousinz that Kyla features in called, “Do you mind.”
Future hitmakers take note: This song’s shortness is key. If this song had been a five minute track, its success would not have been as great. “One Dance” is nice and concentrated.
Also, the song’s lyrics work because they are lyrical. Drake is expressing how conflicted he feels about the relationship, yet he sounds mellow and warm.
“One Dance” is a refreshing twist on the usual, “get your ass on the floor” dance song (not that I don’t love me some of those songs too).
The three vocalists (Drake, Wizkid, Kyla) all blend well together.
I imagine myself dancing to this song in a straw tribal outfit with a bunch of face paint and there’s no end in sight to the fun.
Drake had a slow, yet steady come up. Last fall/winter he officially got his first mainstream hit with “Hotline Bling” (No, I’m not including “Hold on, we’re going home.”).
“Hotline Bling” was held from the #1 spot (peaked #2) because Adele was back saying “Hello.” That would have been his first solo #1. He may have been upset it didn’t reach #1.
However, to counteract that disappointment, this year he has been on fire. First, he teamed up with Rihanna for a third time and featured on her lead single “Work” off of her new album “Anti.” The song remained #1 for nine weeks (Feb. 28-April 30).
And now Drake finally has his own #1 with “One Dance” (7 weeks and counting). “One Dance” has also reached the Top 3 in 19 other countries so far.
His album sales for “Views” are doing great (for 2016 standards). Plus, there are a couple of songs off of his new album that I think could be future hits. Watch out for “Controlla” and “Good to you” (feat. Rihanna).
Even when the “Views” era dies down, he is now solid, he is set. From now on, we the public, will be interested in new Drake music/albums. Not that people weren’t before, I’m just recognising that his audience has increased exponentially since “Hotline Bling.”
(A promo shot from his album “Views”)
With the two featured vocalists and the sample, it took 10 writers to write this #1 song.
In the U.K. “One Dance” has remained at #1 for eleven weeks (and counting). It’s now the longest-lasting #1 single of the 21st century in the U.K..
“Top 3 In the Pocket” Roundtable Opinions:
Score: 9/10 “I love “One Dance.” It definitely gets me in the mood to party and dance. My favorite part is the EDM sounding beat drop.” -Taryn Candy.
Score: 8/10 “This song makes me feel like I need to be in the club dancing and drinking some Hennessy.” -Incognito Gurl.
Score: 8/10 ” ‘One Dance’ is very reminiscent of Drake’s earlier career. It’s more loving and soulful than his ratchet sounds of today. -Margie Ricchezza.
Average rating: 8.3 /10
1. “Baby . . . I like your style.”
You either imagine yourself being the kute person saying this, or you’re hearing this from a kute person. Either way, it’s a kute part.
2. “You know you gotta stick by me. Soon as you see the text, reply me. I don’t want to spend time fighting. We’ve got no time.”
I can agree. I’m sure most people when they heard that section thought, “yas, Drake.” Nobody likes to get a super late reply from their crush/boyfriend/girlfriend/lover/side-piece/fiance/husband/wife. Just reply right away and forget the silly games.
3. “Where, where, where, where, where, where, where.”
I mean, is it just me, or did I start dancing like never before at that part?
Here is a link to the full lyrics on Genius.com:
Review by: Gio Bradley.