Saturday December 2, 2017

Milliblog Weeklies – NOV26.2017

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies playlist, on Saavn and Apple Music – Week 3.

Below the links, you’d find a Tweet-style (since I share it on Twitter first as a Milliblog-Twitter-Exclusive; do follow me on Twitter at @milliblog) commentary on each of the songs.

On Saavn:

Pal – Monsoon Shootout, Hindi: Rochak Kohli, once known as Ayushmann Khurrana’s composer pal has truly been a revelation all through 2017, with a string of pretty good songs (Qarib Qarib Singlle, Lucknow Central, Naam Shabana etc.). Add Pal to the list!

Tu mera bhai nahi hai – Fukrey Returns, Hindi: The original Fukrey had a far superior soundtrack by Ram Sampath and the only composer who props this sequel (amidst 9 individual composers!) is Sumeet Bellary. The song’s funky, comic routine fits perfectly the film’s foursome!

Aaj zid – Aksar 2, Hindi: Mithoon has been a terribly banal form for the longest time. Shab’s Aawari, earlier this year, was one ray of hope. Aaj zid is not bad at all, and in fact, recalls some of his sparkling form from The Train. At least he doesn’t get Arijit to mope around.

Itemkaaran – Semma Botha Aagathey, Tamil: Yuvan mixes EDM and thara-local Madras kuthu very, very efficiently here! He does a delayed-release of the insanely catchy hook after an extended period but when it arrives, it really hits!

Husi nage – O Premave, Kannada: Anand Rajavikraman made a promising solo debut in Lee, and in O Premave, he has Rahul Dev as co-composer! Husi nage builds on Anand’s form, with its gorgeous melody handled fabulously by Anjana Selvakumar, along with excellent solo violin phrases!

Swag se swagat – Tiger Zinda Hai, Hindi: Highly predictable tune and sound, but Vishal and Shekhar still pull it off in style, despite the allegations on plagiarism (very flimsy charge, IMO), from DJ Katch’s The Horns. Foot-tapping, fluffy swag.

Tere jaane se – Ankit Tiwari, Hindi: Ankit has been missing from the film music circuit for quite some time. He sings here with his usual edge, an almost disenchanted twang, but the overall song, with its captivating EDM sound, works for most parts.

Title song – Semma Botha Aagathey, Tamil: Yuvan Shankar Raja is back with his typical swag and how! The title, literally translating to, ‘Don’t get piss drunk’ is a heady mix, with the composer’s now-trademark EDM drops.

Tu jarashi – What’s Up Lagna, Marathi: Composer Nilesh Moharir’s melody is sans any high… the tune flows oh-so-gently and pleasantly. The singers, Hrishikesh Rande and Nihira Joshi Deshpande, add a lot to the package.

Bangaru – Jawaan, Telugu: The usual Thaman material, but the man has a way with his sound that, when it works, really works! And actress Rashi Khanna seems to be on singing spree (after Balakrishnudu’s Thariraa). She could consider sticking to acting.

Title song – Firangi, Hindi: Composer Jatinder Shah’s title song works due to Sunidhi Chauhan’s charming vocals, Jatinder’s hammering of repetitive title hook and the steadily shifting sound, from earthy folk to a punchy EDM and eventually ballroom waltz!

Ittefaq se – Ittefaq, Hindi: Yet-yet another recreation by recreation-master Tanishk Bagchi. But, this one’s quite nice, like Tamma tamma’s recreation, with him sprucing up the original’s elements cleverly. Good choice of singers – Jubin Nautyal and Nikhita Gandhi.

Pallo latke – Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Hindi (film): Raees & Zain-Sam’s Pallo latke remix is a fairly entertaining fusion of Rajasthani and Punjabi, topped with Faziluria tipsiness. The original’s innate charm is missing, but as a new-age dance remix, this is not bad at all.

Ondhe jeevana – Gowdru Hotel, Kannada: The Kannada remake of Ustad Hotel has a hero who looks like the polar opposite of Dulquer in terms of facial expression! But Yuvan’s Kannada debut is pretty solid. Ondhe jeevana is vintage Yuvan, a Tamil song masquerading as a Kannada one!



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