Archive for January, 2017

Tuesday January 17, 2017 19:03

Hebbuli (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Hulli hulli, presumably the hero-intro song is, unlike current trend, not a kuthu number, but is hard rock! Siddharth Basrur’s grungy vocals and the pulsating sound make it work. Hebbuli theme too is on similar lines; powerful, guitar-booming sound. Vijay Prakash is at his usual best singing the easy-on-the-ears semi-classical Sundari. Usire is usual Arjun […]

The holi song, Go pagal, has Manj Musik as composer and Nilesh Patel as co-composer! For that composing power, it is a pretty mundane mix, albeit with a frivolously catchy tone. Chirantan Bhatt’s Bawara mann is a lot more assured, with a breezy accordion sound and a tinge of retro in the pleasant melody, besides […]

A single playlist for all the songs listed below, on Saavn: Hindi Haanikarak bapu, Dhaakad, Title song and Gilehriyaan – Dangal (Pritam) Title song and Saara zamaana – Kaabil (Rajesh Roshan) Tamil Kadhal pennae – Kadikara Manithargal (Sam C.S) Vaaraai – Bogan (D.Imman) En oruthiye – Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (C.Sathya) Azhagiya soodana poovey – Bairavaa […]

Shuruvaithu‘s classic rock format is likeable, thanks also to Anand’s repetitive musical phrases and Chetan Gandharva’s softer-Raghu Dixit vocals. Shaliwahna case is corny, using an IPL jingle as filler, but is catchy nonetheless, with superb singing by Manasa Holla. In Edi jagavidhu saladhu, Anand uses a techno sound, but plays around with the tune in […]

Hinge ondivasa is breezy pop—reminiscing on college days, no less—that a singer like Karthik has aced many times. Lavvayya lavvo has a catchy, foot-tapping outlook but for the generic tune. Saddillade is where Chetan surprises, with a brilliant ghazal-like melody that gains immensely from Chetan’s light orchestration and Deepak Doddera’s singing. Theera dooradalello is an […]

Ekimeeda‘s uncluttered and simple tune is easily likeable, particularly in Shreya and Udit’s vocals. Gana gana gana is perfunctory group song that is best left on screen with visuals, while Mrignayanaa featuring S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, despite the great start, gets into sitar-driven period-classical template. In Saaho saarvabowma saaho, Vijayprakash and  Keerthi Sagathiya scream their lungs out ambitiously, […]

Wednesday January 11, 2017 05:36

Urvi (Music review), Kannada – Manoj George

Panthuvarali raaga meets Yakshagana chande in Adhara madhura to create pulsating fusion. The Yakshagana mix comes across beautifully in the interludes too. Teenu Treasa’s lush vocals and Manoj’s splendid violin phrases rule over the brooding melody. That Yakshgana style conversational singing appears in Kelu ranga kelu, but Manoj removes the chande to layer in a […]

Ammadu Let’s Do Kummudu has a lazy rhythm and a joke of a tune that seems only to exist to fit the hook. Ratthalu is equally bad, loading absurd rhyming words on a stock Devi package. Sundari is standard-issue DSP material where he is keen on using the sitar. You & Me offers minor respite, […]

Justin constructs the somber Engeyo pogum almost like a bridge to Ilayaraja’s anupallavi from Aval Appadithaan’s Uravugal thodarkadhai. Kanna katti is delightful – spiffy tune and jaunty rhythm, and wonderful vocals by Haricharan! Latha Krishna joins him eventually and the nostalgic Raja flavor in anupallavi adds to the song’s charm. Kannukulla, a simple, 80s style […]

Sunday January 8, 2017 11:04

Happy birthday, Harris Jayaraj!

As much as I rip off some of the more banal recent songs of Harri Jayaraj in this blog, there’s no doubt that the man produced some fantastic music across his career. Here’s a playlist of my favorites from Harris Jayaraj, on his birthday today.

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