Saturday September 5, 2015

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – August 2015

Posted by Karthik

Hindi

Afghan jalebi (Dumbek version), Saware & Nachda – Phantom (Pritam)

Main hoon hero tera (Amaal Malik version) & Khoya khoya – Hero (Sachin-Jigar)

Lip to lip & Ove janiya (Mohan Kannan version) – Katti Batti (Shankar Ehsaan Loy)

Aankhon aankhon & Kinna sona – Bhaag Johnny (Yo Yo Honey Singh & Mithoon)

Tamil

Aana oona – Andhra Mess (Prashant Pillai)

Telugu

All the 5 songs! – Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (Gopi Sundar)

Title song & I’m in love – Subramanyam For Sale (Mickey J Meyer)

Maya O Maya, Bangaramma & Mandu mandu – Courier Boy Kalyan (Karthik)

Malayalam

Vasoottan – Jamna Pyari (Gopi Sundar)
Gopi Sundar is the man of the moment, moving across Andhra Pradesh and Kerala with consummate ease. His Vasoottan is an instantly catchy song featuring Franco’s thoroughly enjoyable vocals and featuring Thrissur dialect, as the lyrics remind us many times. It does start with a musical phrase that’s seems to echo A R Rahman’s Rangeela number, Yayi re, but Gopi owns the charming tune eventually.

Kannada

Nenape nithya mallige & Kanasalli nadesu – Kendasampige (V.Harikrishna)
I personally feel that after Vidyasagar (primarily in Malayalam) and D.Imman (in Tamil), Kannada composer Harikrishna is the other current-day composer who seems to have truly imbibed the ‘Ilayaraja-sound’, in that he has something on his own, but the soul seems to be that of Raja. Nenape nithya mallige is a great example for this!

Kelho haage – Minchaagi Nee Baralu (V.Harikrishna)
The one song from the film that stood out for me. Tipu sings it well, and there’s perhaps an undercurrent of one of my favorite raga (that I’m unable to place, but comes out more pronounced in the first interlude!) too!
Listen to the song Saavn.

Maya jinke & Jeene laga – Jaathre (Manikanth Kadri)

Marathi

Sur niraagas ho – Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (Shankar Ehsaan Loy)
What’s with Lord Ganesha that gets composers to create mesmerizing music? The trio produce a wonderfully nuanced and enthralling bhajan of sorts that gains incredibly from two things – Shankar Mahadevan’s spell-binding vocals (he also plays a role in the film, I believe, as also features in the song, looking completely in-sync with the proceedings, complete with a Maharashtrian Pheta!) and visuals that bring back memories of a more pious, simpler times. The background music treats the bhajan with the right dose of austerity, but take some liberties in making it broadly enjoyable too – the ‘Morya Morya’ break-out, in particular, is a goosebumps inducing moment, as is the brief moement when the little girl sings Shankar’s ‘Adhipati Sukhapati…’ almost instinctively.

Indipop

Shukriya, Khuda mere, Purwaiyaa, Bairi bairaagi & Malanga – Shukriya & Malanga (Gulraj Singh)
Listen to the songs: Shraddha Shree | Shivam Ahuja

English/Western

Hold on forever – The Great Unknown (Rob Thomas)
Considering this is Rob’s new album after 2009’s Cradlesong, I had tremendous hopes from the ex-lead vocalist of Matchbox Twenty. But, personally, it is a massive disappointment. The intimacy of his music making that was so evident in his solo debut (Something To Be) and Cradlesong is completely missing here. Instead, what I found was manufactured sounds that seem primed to appeal to a younger set. The effort reminded me of George Michael’s Patience. Still, Hold On Forever, at least, offers the classic Matchbox Twenty/Rob Thomas sound!

Saturday night gave me a Sunday morning – Burning Bridges (Jon Bon Jovi)
This is supposedly a ‘fan’ album – as if every other album is not meant for fans? But seriously, much has been said about Bon Jovi’s break from their music label Mercury (Burning Bridges, the title, is symbolic of that, I believe!) and the fact that this is the first album without guitarist Richie Sambora! Oddly enough, Richie is credited with co-writing the best song of the album, Saturday night gave me a Sunday morning, a neat companion piece of sorts with Someday I’ll be a Saturday night

Stolen Car – Sting, featuring Mylene Farmer
Stolen Car was part of Sting’s 2003 album, Sacred Love. The song, which started its life as a Radio Version (was called ‘Stolen Car – Take Me Dancing’; not to be confused with a song of a similar title, by Bruce Springsteen), a pop-Middle Eastern mix, later had a Studio (original) version too, that spruced up and got the Middle Eastern exotica right, by also heavily referring to Sting’s own Fragile, in an unusual set-up. The new version featuring French superstar Mylene Farmer (the song will reportedly be featured on the Farmer’s upcoming album Nébuleuses), amps up the world music’ness of the song significantly, adding French to the mix, and sounds better than ever.
Listen to the song online.

Others

Rockstar, Sammi meri waar, Sakal ban, Tajdar-e-haram, Bewajaah & Chiryan Da Chamba – Coke Studio Season 8 (Episodes 1, 2 and 3)
The latest season of Coke Studio, produced by Strings, has been stellar, so far. I was mildly concerned about the output given that I was disappointed with Strings’ music in the Pakistani film, Moor, that came out just before the new season started, but they’ve done amazingly well so far. The clear song of the show, sar far, in 4 episodes, is Ali Zafar’s Rockstar! Beyond putting good looks to good use in Bollywood as a questionable second lead, it’s good to see Ali Zafar keeping in touch with his musical past, returning to Coke Studio after 6 years. For Rockstar, he turns Nickelback’s famous song of the same title, on its head – into a fantastic parody. Singing in an impressive falsetto, Ali goes, ‘I’m a superstar, mujhe roz hota hai pyaar’. Elsewhere he sings, ‘My name is AZ, sweet baby… baby you’re the one… but allowed toh hain naa chaar’, echoing Nickelback’s ‘The girls come easy (and the drugs come cheap)’. Ali pulls of this madness in impressive style, with a flashy Broadway style tune to boot.

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