Archive for August, 2017

Shaan exploits Eantammede jimikki kammal‘s hook thoroughly, with Vineeth and Renjith Unni leading amidst lively background vocals. M G Sreekumar rocks the jaunty melody of Karayum kadalum, even as Shaan keeps the backgrounds spritely with a noticeable early-Rahman influence. Neeyum has that too, though it is a largely Shaan-style melody. Manpaathakale‘s rhythm is standard-issue Shaan […]

Sreya’s exuberant voice and the generally bouncy tune props Tapp tapp; a simple and catchy song with an earworm’ish hook! Kavalam painkili is an interesting mix – Jayachandran adds Eastern European influences to a tune that is essentially a racier Raja’ish Malayalam retro melody. Vijay Yesudas and Sreya handle the vocals impeccably. In Mathalathen malaralle […]

Disco disco supposedly had some input from Karan Johar. It shows. Amidst compelling 80s-style disco funk from Malayalam and Zeb’s Ishquiya (Lipstick Under My Burkha), this one’s bland Punjabicized abomination. Baat ban jaye fares better with its likeable bounce, though it’s templatized pop. Arijit and Shreya (lovely lower pitched antara!) are dependably good in the […]

Tanishk Bagchi’s Sweety tera is built efficiently around the hook and with that catchy rhythm, it works effortlessly. Tanishk’s other composition that he shares credit with Vayu—Twist kamariya—isn’t quite as lucky, with its templatized sound. Arko’s Nazm is a lovely melody that is not in its best form in his own sappy voice, but in […]

Amrutam Gamaya sisters’ Veerangana has a conventional Kerala folk fusion sound and it is their spirited vocals that keeps the song charming. Anitha Shaiq’s Mappila pattu sound in Melakey is rhythmic and engaging and sung well by Shweta Mohan. M Jayachandran opens his set with Oru vela; he sings and retains the charms of an […]

Amidst the wailing electric guitar, the Major Sundarrajan style title song—Kathanayagan The Hero—is adequate for Vishnu Vishal’s slow-motion intro. Anirudh is perfect for On nenappu, a song with Dhanush-level lyrical prowess (GKB’s lyrics, however) and a catchy tune with a lovely violin and harmonium layer. The swankily conceived brass-led tune of Tappu tippu works alongside […]

Monday August 7, 2017 20:33

Vivegam (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Surviva is a relentless affair. The music is pulsating and Yogi B leads the frenetic vocals in style. Thalai viduthalai goes one step ahead, with punchy vocals delivered with panache by Anirudh and Harish Swaminathan. Veriyera, though, goes overboard and is rather generic. Even Kadhalaada‘s beautifully flowing (Kedaram? Nalinakanti?) melody—deftly handled by Shashaa Tirupati and […]

The pleasant Aaradyam would make Ilayaraja proud! Bijibal gets Vishnu Kurup and Shilpa Raju to sing a delightful duet where every line takes on interestingly unusual forks, backed by lovely violin and flute led interludes. Orayiram flows beautifully amidst sounds of a road trip, riding on Najim Arshad’s fantastic singing. Chuvadukal‘s generic energetic and background’ish […]

Sunday August 6, 2017 16:01

E (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

Pranavaakaram is a magnificent showcase of singer Saritha Ram’s range. She handles Rahul Raj’s almost-Vidyasagar’ish Nattakurinji raaga fusion impeccably. Divayanam is a lovely listen too. While Rahul himself does the vocal heavy-lifting here amidst easily likeable EDM mixed with the occasional semi-classical phrases, Sunitha Sarathy joins in too, mid-way. Arupathu maram‘s energetic pace and earthy […]

Single Saavn playlist of all the songs (barring 9 – 1 from Chunkzz, 3 from Sunday Holiday, 2 from Nawal Enna Jewel and 3 from Raj Vishnu – please do listen to them via YouTube, below, under Malayalam and Kannada): Hindi Ullu ka pattha, Galti se mistake, Jhumritalaiyyan, Phir wahi and Musafir – Jagga Jasoos […]

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