5 at 5 // 14 September 2014

Five songs released today, but only one of them is truly worth your 99p.

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT – ‘AN OPEN HEART’

Bright Light Bright Light used to be one of those pop acts known only to twitter nerds, but then Shit Got Real and now he’s duetted with Elton John and opens for him on tour around the world. It’s so gratifying to see a genuine pop talent (and a male talent at that) attain a more befitting level of success, and ‘An Open Heart’ is a solid representation of aka Rod Thomas’s 90s inspired electropop. Genuine, emotionally observant lyrics and a sweetly sung melody. It is not within the UK iTunes chart top 100 at the time of writing. ★★★★☆

PROFESSOR GREEN – ‘LULLABY’ ft. TORI KELLY

This track, much like Professor Green’s other hits ‘Just Be Good To Green’ and ‘Read All About It’, is made mainly by the female guest vocalist. On ‘Lullaby’ that female is the phenomenally talented Tori Kelly who puts in an excellent turn on the piano led chorus. For Professor Green, it’s very much more of the same that he’s been offering over his past two albums – he reconstructs difficult moments from his past and broaches the subject of depression – but it’s clear he’s dubbed the British Eminem more for his subject matter than his lyrical skill. It is #3 on the UK iTunes chart top 100 at the time of writing. ★★★★☆

SIGMA – ‘CHANGING’ ft. PALOMA FAITH

Biggest song of the year, download it immediately. It is #1 on the UK iTunes chart at the time of writing. ★★★★★

JACOB BANKS – ‘MOVE WITH YOU’

The type of track you are really not checking for, but you’ll tap your toes to it if it happens to be on the radio. Jaunty, swingy, happy-clappy, but kind of ultimately soulless?  This song would have been a hit for Olly Murs though. It is #85 on the UK iTunes chart at the time of writing. ★★★☆☆

RUBYLUX – ‘LOVERS OF NEW YORK’ ft. LEE RYAN

A sweet, ‘Say Something’-esque acoustic track that I’m only really interested in for the Lee Ryan feature – sure, the boy’s crazy but goddamn he can sing. I literally only heard this song today and I can’t say I’m feeling an overwhelming urge to download it but perhaps it could be a grower. Inoffensive but uninspiring. It is not within the UK iTunes chart top 100 at the time of writing. ★★★☆☆

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