Monday October 2, 2017

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – September 2017

Posted by Karthik

Single Saavn playlist of (almost) all the songs (except ‘Pallikkalachante Mole’ from the Malayalam film, Sherlock Toms that’s not available on Saavn – please listen to it via the YouTube link below):


Shugal laga le and Darmiyaan – Chef (Raghu Dixit)

Piya aa – Haseena Parkar (Sachin-Jigar)

Chalti hai kya and Oonchi hai building 2.0 – Judwaa 2 (Sandeep Shirodkar and Anu Malik)


Nee paarkum and neenda naal – Thiruttuppayale 2 (Vidyasagar)

Karuva karuva payale – Karuppan (D.Imman)

Kaadhal Project and Yavvana – Sathya (Simon K. King)

Rathina katti, Meghamo, Nee mattum and Enna naan – Meyaadha Maan (Santhosh Narayanan, Pradeep Kumar)

Saaregaama Padhaneesa and Engada/Engadi Pona – Abhiyum Anuvum (Dharan Kumar)
A generally likeable tune gets better with the ‘Neeyum naanum’ EDM hook! And in Engada/Engadi Pona, Dharan showcases, all over again, the spark of brilliance he had shown back in Sivi.


Boom boom and Ciciliya ciciliya – Spyder (Harris Jayaraj)

Nuvve naa adhrushtam and Allari pillagada – Ungarala Rambabu (Ghibran)

Rendu kallu, Title song and Kiss Me Baby – Mahanubhavudu (Thaman S)


Minunundae mullapolae (both versions) – Tharangam (Ashwin Renju)

Kasavu njoriyumoru pulari, Unarukayaano, Kaattil ila, Kanakku and Ethu mazhayilum – Udaharanam Sujatha (Gopi Sundar)

Nenjil nenjil, Ormakal, Pagalin vaathil (and most of the background pieces) – Parava (Rex Vijayan)

Kandittum – Villain (4 Musics)
The Mohanlal House Band, 4 Musics hasn’t been that good a composing entity, going by their past output. Kandittum, thankfully, breaks that perspective with its charming, old-worldly melody that could have easily been Bijibal’s! That Yesudas sings it (and sung by Sithara Krishnakumar in the female version equally well) really helps!

Ayyapante Amma – Lava Kusha (Gopi Sundar)
Neeraj Madhav could easily claim the title of being the Dhanush of Malayalam Film Industry! He writes hilariously silly kuthu lyrics and dances enthusiastically too… both like Dhanush! Gopi plays along with his brand of manic, catchy kuthu music.

Ekayaai Nee – Kaattu (Deepak Dev)
Deepak ropes in the long-in-hibernation Unnikrishnan for this delightful Reetigowlai-raaga based melody. Unni’s voice seems withered and somewhat tired, but the nuance is all there to cherish. Deepak’s tune is easily and instantly likeable that traverses through the raaga’s usual flow in all its glory.

Pallikkalachante Mole – Sherlock Toms (Bijibal)
Bijibal mixes lively and rhythmic Kerala folk with another of Kerala’s preoccupation – alcohol! The mix is pretty good, in Udayan’s drunk shenanigans!


Sanje hothu – Tarak (Arjun Janya)

Early morning and Ishq dishq – Dalapathi (Charan Raj)

Iduvarege Badukiddella – April Na Himabindu (Bharath B J)
Bharath ropes in Raghu Dixit over to voice a breezy bluegrass’y tune and the combo works pretty well.


Vanava Petala – Ghuma (Hrishikesh-Saurabh-Jasraj)
Sung by Ajay Gogavale of Ajay-Atul fame, and with that expansive folk rhythm, it could easily be mistaken as a song by the duo, instead of the talented trio. The tune is ebullient and Ajay’s lively singing takes it to a new level!

Hich Amuchi Praarthana and Title song – Ubuntu (Kaushal Inamdar)
Hich amuchi, in the audio-only version, sounds like a beautifully resonant prayer (given that I don’t understand Marathi). I then looked up the song video and was happy to see it was a prayer in letter and spirit – a school prayer, at that! The lead actor, Sarang Sathaye, looks like the Marathi equivalent of Tamil director/actor Ram (Thanga Meenkal, Taramani) and is as earnest in the way he sings the prayer along with the students. Ajit Parab and Mugdha Vaishampain’s singing is as flawless as Kaushal Inamdar’s perfectly pitched music that accentuates the prayer feel. The title song is a great listen too, with the chorus (Mugdha Vaishampayan, Anurag Inamdar, Vidhit Patankar and Vedant Chimmalagi) pitching the title hook really well amidst the jaunty music.



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