Archive for December, 2017

Wednesday December 27, 2017 18:58

Mayaanadhi (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Rex Vijayan and Neha S Nair’s vocals effortlessly sweep through the pleasant synth riff in Uyirin nadhiye, while Arun Suradhaa’s Dilruba sneaks in beautifully in the interlude. Neha, in particular, in her portions, is extraordinary, breathing life into an intimate, almost conversational verse. Rex goes completely Indian in Mizhiyil. It’s almost Rahman’ish when Neha’s humming […]

Swagpur ka Chaudhary borders on Psychedelic Funk and carries the same irreverent swag from Abhinay Deo’s Delhi Belly (which Akshat, Kaalakaandi’s director wrote). Abhishek Nailwal ups the ante with the zingy Electro Swing Jive With Me, while also giving fantastic company delivering the sedate hook to Vishal Dadlani lead in Aa bhi jaa. In comparison, […]

Tuesday December 26, 2017 19:23

PadMan (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

When a man truly and completely adopts his woman’s electricity bill, you get Aaj se teri! Kausar Munir’s zingy lines lend this gently lilting ballad by Arijit significant heft even as Amit’s melody is reminiscent of Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s Bhimplas-raag number Bol na halke. Hu ba hu ushers us into Amit Trivedi’s comfort zone, though […]

Wednesday December 20, 2017 19:11

Agnyaathavaasi (Music review), Telugu – Anirudh

Dhaga dhaga maney, with its searing guitar backdrop (Prasanna, Rex Vijayan and Keba Jeremiah) and Anirudh’s vocal-cord busting singing is a pulsating listen! The classical guitar interludes and Anirudh’s work on the keyboard, in particular, significantly amps up the song. Baitikochi chuste is playful Anirudh at his best! The song is breezy and highly engaging, […]

Paintra is as combative as the sport the film portrays. Nucleya’s vibrant music fuses pan-Indian kuthu sounds effectively to let Divine deliver a grungy song. Mushkil hai apna is a triumph of Dr.Sunil Jog’s lyrics! His verse, with hilarious lines like, ‘Tum diwali ki bonus ho, main bhookon ki hartaal’ comes alive with phenomenal humor […]

Wednesday December 20, 2017 18:10

Vimaanam (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

Vaaniluyare has everything one expects from Gopi – pleasant melody and his trademark strings, but somehow, it all sounds too familiar. The song’s other expression, Anthimaanam, by Nandini Srikar is the soundtrack’s best, with a somber, soaring melody and excellent guitar by Sumesh Parameswar. Anthike varikente‘s serene carnatic base is a beautiful setting for the […]

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:53

Milliblog Weeklies – DEC17.2017

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 5: On Apple Music | On Saavn A note on each song in the playlist. Paintra – Mukkabaaz, Hindi: Edgy, punchy and catchy… and a brilliant hip-hop mix. This is Nucleya’s domain all the way, with a generous dose the hinterland, thanks to Divine’s […]

Thursday December 14, 2017 19:13

2 Countries (Music review), Telugu – Gopi Sundar

Ullasamlo has an easy rhythm and a fairly engaging tune that doesn’t aim for anything more. Vareva Dollar Baby is Gopi trying his own Andhra-style kuthu – the sound is intact, but this is Gongura-in-coconut oil. Hey People trudges along with its generic Goan sound. Cheliya cheliya is trademark Gopi, literally, given he reuses his […]

Thursday December 14, 2017 18:58

Masterpiece (Music review), Malayalam – Deepak Dev

Madhu mozhi is what you call Madhu Balakrishnan for. A semi-classical medley that wants to do too many things, in too short a time and ends up being merely passable. Poradi poradi nee is Deepak Dev’s Jimikki kammal equivalent, if you see Masterpiece as Mammootty’s equivalent of Mohanlal’s Velipadinte Pusthakam, both playing college professors. Jassie […]

Tuesday December 12, 2017 20:27

How do you discover new music?

I came across this fascinating article in The Baffler, on the role of Spotify in the future of the music industry. It led me to think about the function of music discovery, something I believe I aid in, to a small extent, via Milliblog. I remember my dad telling me about how he used to […]

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