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Sunday February 17, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – FEB17.2019

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Week 60: On JioSaavn | On YouTube 
16 songs this week. JioSaavn has 15 of them, and is missing only Shor Police’s Yaaram (that’s on YouTube)! YouTube has 14 songs, and is missing Kumbalangi Nights’s Don’t Fall and Onnum Mindathe from Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakkeel.

A note on the songs in the playlist:

Yaaram – Shor Police: I approached this cover version (of Vishal Bhardwaj’s song from Ek Thi Daayan) very hesitantly, but I have got to say… this is a very well done cover! The choice of genre, layering EDM into the mix, works mighty well!

Adiyaathi Adyaathi – Aghavan (C Sathya) – Tamil: Composer C Sathya was surprisingly muted in 2018. But he’s in good for his first outing in 2019. Vanthana Srinivasan too is in great form, almost sounding like Chinmayi. The backgrounds and tune for the anupallavi is a pleasant and surprising twist.

Aathadi – Natpe Thunai (Hiphop Tamizha) – Tamil: Largely predictable and familiar template from the Hiphop Tamizha duo, but it sure has zingy energy and one heck of a raucous sound!

Summa & Kanna Kuzhi – Anthony Daasan (Tamil): A song that competes with Hiphop Tamizha’s raucousness, but goes more folk and local, in true Anthony Daasan’s style. The guitar and percussion are spirited, and Anthony’s earthy voice is, as usual, the hero. Kanna Kuzhi, in comparison, is a bit too predictable, with familiar riffs and kuthu rhythm, but again, it’s Anthony’s singing that lifts the song easily.

Adhento Gaani Vunnapaatuga/Marakkavillayae – Jersey (Anirudh) – Telugu/Tamil: I liked the Tamil version over the Telugu version primarily because of Vignesh Shivn’s lyrics. It was particularly good in the anupallavi, with Anirudh’s music and tune flowing beautifully over it.

Inthena Inthena – Suryakantam (Mark K Robin) – Telugu: Mark Robin, who has been associated with background music and singles in films like Awe and Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayulu, gets to produce a mainstream, quintessential Sid Sriram song in Surayakantam. The film does look like his first mainstream, big film. And it’s really good to hear (and see) him on the keyboard in the video – in a way, besides Sid’s stellar vocals, it’s Mark’s work on the keyboard that stands out easily!

First Time Heart Beat – Prema Katha Chitram 2 (JB) – Telugu: That’s the 3rd song from the soundtrack that JB aces! After Merupula Merisina and Naa Kallu Chusedhi, he sure has something going here. The rhythm in First Time Heart Beat is superb, almost a quasi-reggae’ish sound. And PVNS Rohit’s voice carries the tune perfectly.

Puthiya Vazhi – Mr. & Ms. Rowdy (Arun Vijay) – Malayalam: Composer Arun Vijay who had recently scored an ace in Praana, has a winner in Puthiya Vazhi. The melody is rich and deep, aptly backed by a serene sound and lovely flute interludes. Najim Arshad is very, very good with the singing.

Ezhutha Kadha & Don’t Fall – Kumbalangi Nights (Sushin Shyam) – Malayalam: Absolutely lovely, whispery melody by Sushin! This goes back to his Maradona work again, but I’m not complaining at all! Even Don’t Fall, the short track sung by Akhil Unnikrishnan comes brilliantly alive with its psychedelic music and you so wish it wasn’t that short… particularly after the stupendous way it ends!

Babuvetta & Onnum Mindathe – Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakkeel (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: The film’s 4-song soundtrack has been split between Gopi and Rahul Raj, 2 each! I liked the 2 songs by Gopi, more than the 2 by Rahul. Babuvetta is spirited kuthu with a really catchy rhythm, while Onnum Mindathe is the soundtrack’s easy highlight. Sasha Tirupati is superb with her range, even as the melody offers her a delightfully smooth tune. The chorus, and the 2 contrasting interludes, in particular, are really good!

Tu Ekda Ha Bolna – Aamhi Befikar (Pranay Adhangale) – Marathi: I’m not familiar with Pranay Adhangale’s body of work, and some of this song seems a bit off too, though I’m not able to point to anything specific. But I’m going to give it to him and add the song to this week’s list. There is enough spunk and style that deserves a listen. I do look forward to more from him.

That’s Mine – Gashi ft. Ledri Vula: The Albanian rapper’s vocals are loaded with a nice drawl that goes well with the catchy hiphop sound. The addictive rhythm and the hook helps too.

Get Free (Chrome Sparks Remix) – Major Lazer, ft. Amber Coffman: Get Free was part of Major Lazer’s second studio album Free the Universe (2013). The new, Chrome Sparks Remix, is significantly more funky and that much more enjoyable!

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Saturday February 9, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – FEB10.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 59: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
11 songs this week. JioSaavn has all the songs – yippee! YouTube is missing just 2 – Yelamala, from Kazhugu 2 and So Bad, by Emarosa.

A note on the songs in the playlist:

Megathoodham – Airaa (Sundaramurthy KS) – Tamil: Singer Padmapriya Raghavan is absolutely fantastic in this highly tuneful song by Sundaramurthy KS. The musical style reminded me of Ghibran’s style and the tune is possibly set to Gowri Manohari raaga, though I’m not sure. It’s a lovely haunting melody for sure!

Asamanjakari & Yelamala – Kazhugu 2 (Yuvan Shankar Raja) – Tamil: The first song from Kazhugu 2 (Sakalakalavalli) was merely a raucous item song, but Yuvan picks up pace with the 2nd single by literally dropping the pace 🙂 The incredibly slow and sedate rhythm of the song is the first and easy appeal. Then there’s Syed Suban’s involved vocals, that goes slightly awry only in places. But his voice goes perfectly with the gently rocking melody. The other song, if I discount Yuvan-sung Adi Yenda Pulla for being too familiar to this overall repertoire, is M.M.Manasi-sung Yelamala, that sounds like a 2.0 variant of an otherwise standard-issue heroine-introduction song. The song’s sparse and focused orchestration, and the extended verses, makes it particularly alluring.

Thimiru Kaattaadha Di – LKG (Leon James) – Tamil: That first interlude is so, so, very early Rahman! The tune is lively and breezy, with interesting lyrics by Vignesh ShivN that makes it seem almost like he is singing all this to Nayanthara. Sathyaprakash carries it all so confidently.

Chinuke – Malli Malli Chusa (Shravan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: What’s with Shravan Bharadwaj and ‘Malli’? After 2017’s MalliRaava, here’s Malli Malli Chusa! The song’s ghatam-layered sound and Sai Charan’s vocals lift the song significantly, as does the song’s rhythmic (with the ‘Thakadhimi Thakajunu’) backdrop! The nadaswaram-style closing is intriguing since it sounds more Middle Eastern in sound!

Etho Mazhayil – Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (Prince George) – Malayalam: In the first half of Prince George’s tune, it’s a nice contrast between Shweta Mohan’s serene and mellow opener and Vijay Yesudas’ exuberant ‘Pakalukal Theerathe’ line! The anupallavi carries the opening serenity, mixes in a lovely tabla-based segue and then goes back to ‘Pakalukal Theerathe’ beautifully!

Neene Modalu Neene Kone – Kiss (Adi Hari) – Kannada: V.Harikrishna’s son makes his debut! The song, sung fantastically—as usual—by Shreya Ghoshal, is trademark Harikrishna melody, with the strings and the anupallavi, reminding one of Raja’s melodies. A chip off the old block!

Ondanondu Kaaladinda – I Love You (Aria Dakshin) – Kannada: I’m guessing this is Aria’s debut given there’s nothing else from him online. The song is a cool 80s style disco/retro that checks all the right boxes and is wonderful. Suchith Suresh breezes through the groovy song!

So Bad, Givin’ Up & Cautious – Peach Club (Emarosa): For a band that was, till their last album (131, from 2016) known for their post-hardcore and alternative rock music, Peach Club is a massive departure in sound! The sound this time is decidedly more pop, and retro pop, at that! So Bad and Cautious take their Michael Jackson’ish sound that they merely explored tentatively in a song like Helpless, in 131. That synth in Cautious, in particular, takes you straight back to Jackson of the 80s! And Givin’ Up is straight out of the 80s soundscape!

Thursday February 7, 2019

Top 10 Kannada songs Of January 2019

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Thursday February 7, 2019

Top 10 Malayalam songs of January 2019

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Wednesday February 6, 2019

Top 10 Telugu songs of January 2019

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Wednesday February 6, 2019

Top 10 Tamil songs of January 2019

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Wednesday February 6, 2019

Top 10 Hindi songs of January 2019

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