After indulging in a bit of self-sabotage with his whiny Club Hits in the late-noughties & early-teens, Enrique Iglesias finally made a successful return to grace with 2014’s “Bailando,” a charming Latin Pop number with a real danceable undercurrent made to get you up & shaking your rump, a wonderfully positive experience worth smiling to. Only problem is, it’s not actually his song, having been released as a collaboration between Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona only one year earlier, a beautiful mix which did fine on its own but that studio execs figured needed a bit of extra oomph to really sell; Enter Iglesias, taking the role of Justin Bieber in 2017’s “Despacito” & adding his vocals to the mix for celebrity appeal & little else, rocketing “Bailando” to unprecedented success in both the Latin & American music markets – With that in mind, let’s focus on the basic narrative of the song. This track is a beautiful expression of the human ability to dance & the fulfilling sensations which come along with it, a kinetic tool used to bring people together through the simplicity of rhythm as they share a connection of extreme emotions through their body movements, a silent conversation jam-packed with sexual desire, human understanding & euphoria in their purest forms; Lines like “Tú me miras y me llevas a otra dimension” – or “you look at me & take me to another dimension” – poetically speak to the beauty of the dancers’ interactions & the serenity one can find in the eyes of their partner, so focused on the rhythm itself that they’re instantly transported to a world all their own, existing within song rather than on this earthly plane – It’s a completely innocent, heartwarming song designed to simply bring joy to your life, a nice moment of happiness amidst a sea of negativity in the modern music scene.
As with most Latin ‘Remixes,’ nothing about the instrumentation itself gets changed at all, with a more accurate description simply being that the Iglesias’ rendition is a direct cover of Descemer Bueno’s original mix; Iglesias sings the exact same melodies, the exact same lyrics & generally just performs a fan-version of the original from a year before, the only exception being that his incredibly-thick Spanish accent is far more prevalent than his contemporaries’, the soft ‘t’s’ & ‘h’s’ of his timbre applying his signature lisp to the track for a bit of additional sex appeal, a breathy performance meant to soothe listeners rather than simply yelling at them like Zona does – One aspect of this recreation that’s actually quite entertaining is its accompanying music video, a production which recreates all of the scenes from the original video but with Iglesias now part of the mix, as if he were a part of the song from the very beginning & was merely hiding anytime you watched the video before. It’s unclear whether or not every single shot was recreated or if they simply used b-roll footage from the last time they filmed, especially considering the dancers as well as the environments look virtually identical to their first iterations, but the updated visual fidelity & consistency of camerawork from the dance routines to the shots of Iglesias & friends frolicking through town seems to indicate they really went all-out & just did the whole production over again, an impressive feat if real & one that definitely showcases the fun one can have with this song – Whether you’re a fan of Iglesias or not, “Bailando” is one of the most resilient tracks he’s released – read: borrowed – in years, thanks in large part to his embracing the Spanish side of himself & catering to Latin audiences rather than attempting to become an electronic artist.
Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, Alexander Delgado, Randy Malcom Martinez, Sean Paul
"Bailando" (English: "Dancing") is a song by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias for his tenth studio album Sex and Love (2014). The original Spanish version features the Cuban artists Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona. The song was written by all of the artists, while production was handled by Carlos Paucar. It was released by Universal Republic Records as the sixth single from the record.