5 at 5 // 17 August 2014

It’s Sunday, so there’s a bunch of new songs out. Here’s five of them.

FLORRIE – ‘LITTLE WHITE LIES’

Naturally the best song released today is going to woefully underperform, but the Florrie pot was due to boil over perhaps two years ago and no one turned up the heat, so this should surprise no one. First heard live and then as a remix on the Sirens EP, ‘Little White Lies’ is a little fizzing slice of electropop excellence, slightly dreamy with strong, driving percussion to give it some weight. It is not within the UK iTunes chart top 100 at the time of writing. ★★★★★

UNION J – ‘TONIGHT (WE LIVE FOREVER)’

Kinda sounds like fun. mated with One Direction mated with The Vamps. Different from the more dance-pop tracks Union J recorded for their first record, but not indistinguishable from any of the young, male-fronted pop songs currently on the charts. Union J have a secret weapon in Jaymi, who is far and away the best vocalist across all of their peers and rivals, and he shines in the live performances of this track. It is #5 on the UK iTunes Chart at the time of writing. ★★★☆☆

HAIM – ‘MY SONG 5’ ft. A$AP FERG

We’re overdue new Haim music, but they’re a popular live act so I suppose there isn’t much time spare for writing and recording right now. This rework of ‘My Song 5’ with a guest verse from A$AP Ferg will have to do instead. Slightly gloomier and more distorted than the original mix, Ferg’s verse about his girlfriend cheating on him with another woman slants the meaning of the song slightly, but it remains at its core a warping pop rock track about infidelity. It is not within the UK iTunes chart top 100 at the time of writing. ★★★★☆

DAVID GUETTA – ‘LOVERS ON THE SUN’ ft. SAM MARTIN

I don’t know why it feels weird to me that David Guetta is still making tracks in 2014. It feels like he belongs to a bygone age. This by-numbers-dance song was co-produced with Avicii, among others, which explains the country western vibe, and it has a whistling instrumental in lieu of a chorus. I cannot think of a time that I would ever enjoy this song, but apparently the British public disagree. It is #1 on the UK iTunes Chart at the time of writing. ★★☆☆☆

CHRIS MALINCHAK – ‘STRANGER’ ft. MIKKY EKKO

‘Stranger’ has that echoes-of-Michael-Jackson-circa-Off-The-Wall through a house music filter sound that had me on first impression assuming it was a Bruno Mars remix. It’s a tightly produced disco number that works well for background ambiance but has no real replay value. It is, however, Mikky Ekko’s best showing since Rihanna’s ‘Stay’. It is #14 on the UK iTunes Chart at the time of writing. ★★★☆☆

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