KBS’s upcoming competition series The Unit brings together dozens of male and female idols from mid to low tier groups (including members from my current fave, Snuper). The idea is to forge two nine-member project groups at the culmination of the show, but as with all of these survival series, the most eye-catching moment is the unveiling of the theme song, performed by a veritable army of 100 plus idols in lockstep unison. My Turn‘s music video is a stunner — impossibly glossy and dripping with eye candy of all varieties. And even if the actual song doesn’t quite match the bombastic energy of Produce 101 Season 2’s Pick Me, it’s still a shot of big budget k-pop euphoria.
Tropical house was an odd choice of genre for a song meant to sound so immense, but thankfully My Turn isn’t the tired tropical bop we’ve grown accustomed to. Its propulsive nature has more in common with club music, blitzing forward with an addictive energy and streamlined structure that rarely lets up.
Of course, the real fun and novelty of the track is in the interplay between the guys and girls. It’s rare to hear a co-ed track in k-pop, especially with this many voices involved. For the initial verses, the genders are mostly segregated. The boys take the first chorus and the girls the second. As with Produce 101‘s theme songs, it’s hard for any real sense of character to spin out of the vocals’ flat layering, but when everyone comes together for the song’s finale, My Turn starts to sound as colossal as its overstuffed video wants us to believe. As teasers go, the track is a thrilling peek into what is bound to be one of 2017’s most entertaining survival series.