Archive for July, 2016

Sunday July 31, 2016 08:27

Hitman – July 30, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Kisapaathiyil – Kismath (Malayalam – Sushin Shyam) Sushin Shyam has been a familiar name in the musical circuit, having been associated as the vocalist and keyboard player in The Down Troddence, a thrash metal band from Kerala. He has also scored the background music for films like Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and […]

Happy oye survives its generic sound and tune solely because of Harshdeep Kaur and Shahid Mallya’s enthusiastic vocals. Gabru ready to mingle hai, led by Mika, is good enough fun given how it seems conceived from the hook-line onwards. Likewise, Zara si dosti seems to be have been built for Arijit’s singing style, and is […]

In Hobena, Antarman transform Lalon Fakir’s classic Baul going far beyond the ektara-laced sound, into captivating soft rock! Pooja Shankar full-throated singing adds to the song’s charm. Maati‘s contemplative melody is wonderfully endearing in Rahul Mukherjee’s fantastic vocals. Pooja joins in later, when the decidedly more folk rhythms kick in, to take the song into […]

Mallela vaanala‘s plethora of likeable sounds prop the decent-enough tune, rendered well by Naresh Iyer. Snehithudo seems to be traversing between Gowrimanohari and Dharmavathi raagas, with Ghibran’s busy orchestration adding considerable charm. That layered orchestration saves the otherwise middling tune of Raaka raaka too – the sounds, including carnatic style guitaring and Yash Chopra-style mandolin, […]

Sunday July 24, 2016 08:09

Hitman – July 23, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Jaaneman aah – Dishoom (Hindi – Pritam) Even though Jaaneman aah’s first claim to fame is Parineeti Chopra’s turn as one-song item-girl, there’s more to it, actually. It’s an intriguing Pancham-meets-Tamil-kuthu combination that gets its kick as much from the sudden, utterly uncomfortable shift in tune for the ‘Ishq mein […]

Sushin Shyam—of The Down Troddence fame and background music for films like Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi—composes his first song in Kisapaathiyil. He opens it to the serene sounds of rain, takes on Charukesi raaga for the oh-so-beautiful melody and ends it on a lingering serene note too. Sachin Balu’s vocals are pitch-perfect […]

Thursday July 21, 2016 20:21

11 years of Milliblog!

I was at the neighborhood barber shop two weeks ago. For some historical reason that I’m not aware of, every single barber shop in Bangalore is run by people who speak Telugu. So, as usual, the shop was filled with glorious 80s and 90s Telugu film songs. I usually Shazam/SoundHound everything I hear and the […]

Chotisi jindagi is a straight-forward Thaman style techno song with its rhythm-quotient aimed at being foot-tapping. Dhum dhum is no different, with its energetic sound and punchy vocals by Sri Krishna. Rabba rabba is fantastic – its minimal rhythm builds into a heady sound after the first minute, while Thaman layers it with an absorbing […]

Sunday July 17, 2016 07:56

Hitman – July 16, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Maya nadhi – Kabali (Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan) Quick – what’s that song where Rajini is as old as a 60 year old and sings a song that signifies his age? Chances are, you’d say, Chittukku sella chittukku (Nallavanukku Nallavan). Or, if you are a true-blue fan, ‘Annan enna’ from […]

Friday July 15, 2016 20:13

Dishoom (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

In an interesting move, T-series has credited the originator of Sau tarah ke‘s hook line – Ashish Pandit, besides actual lyricist Kumaar! That’s pretty much the highlight of this overstuffed item number. Toh dishoom is no different – there is some energy in the rap-layered number featuring Raftaar and Shahid Mallya, but it really doesn’t […]

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