It isn’t often that two of pops finest collaborate. It is more likely to see pop artists collaborate with rappers or with DJs than to see them turn to one of their peers. So when one of these rare collaborations rears its head, it is more than likely a piece of pop magic. From the fast-paced funk of Britney and Madonna’s ‘Me Against The Music’ to the sexy sultriness of Beyoncé and Shakira’s ‘Beautiful Liar’, these rare collaborations are so often things of beauty. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s ‘Dance to This’.
‘Dance To This’ is a by the numbers synth-pop song, with an odd stuttering track that seems to dominate everything else in the song. Despite its title, the production on the fourth cut from Sivan’s upcoming sophomore effort is sluggish and unmemorable. The lyrics aren’t particularly inspired, which is out of the ordinary for an artist such as Sivan who thrives in the form of quirky hooks and lyrics. However, ‘Dance To This’ fails greatest by not playing to the strengths of the two vocalists it has. Not once on the track is the breathy, airy vocal of Sivan contrasted with the powerful range of Grande instead they merely phone it in, speak-singing over the odd production choices.
If 2018 is destined to give us the next great pop collaboration, then ‘Dance To This’ certainly isn’t it and is a rare misfire for the two talents involved. With its uninspired production, lyrics and vocal performances, it’s hard to believe this track was ever even made, never mind released as a single.
Check out ‘Dance to This’ by Troye Sivan featuring Ariana Grande below and let us know what you think of the track: