Sunday January 7, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – JAN01.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 6:
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A note on each song in the playlist.

Mushkil hai apna (Mukkabaaz, Hindi): Dr.Sunil Jog’s lyrics, with lines like, ‘Tum diwali ki bonus ho, main bhookon ki hartaal’ comes alive with phenomenal colloquial humor. Brijesh Shandilya’s delivery too is top-notch. Rachita Arora brings all these together in a funky package!

Visiri (Enai Noki Paayum Thota, Tamil): A gentle, breezy celtic-infused lilt! Sid Sriram & Shashaa Tirupati is in sparkling form. Thamarai, with relatable lines like ‘En veettil nee nirkindraai adhai nambaamal ennai kiLLI konden’! Darbuka Siva – Gautam Menon combo seems like a winner.

Bahut hua samman (Mukkabaaz, Hindi): Opens on an ambient note, but Rachita transforms it into an entertaining protest song, with Swaroop Khan leading the charge. Giving Swaroop enough ammunition is Hussain Haidry lively lines.

Aaj se teri (PadMan, Hindi): When a man adopts a woman’s electricity bill, you get Aaj se teri! Kausar Munir’s zingy lines lend this lilting ballad by Arijit Singh significant heft even as Amit Trivedi’s melody is reminiscent of Shankar Ehsan Loy’s Bhimplas number Bol na halke.

Bohot dukha mann (Mukkabaaz, Hindi): Rachita Arora’s best in Mukkabaaz is this Puriya Dhanashri-based song! The raaga carries the sensuous melody beautifully while Rachita sings it incredibly well, along with Dev Arijit. How does Anurag Kashyap discover such musicians!?

Chhipkali (Mukkabaaz, Hindi): Vijay Arora’s handling of Chhipkali has an enjoyably whimsical tone. Hussain Haidry’s lines are superb yet again, while Rachita’s tune is Gulaal-style (Piyush Mishra) retro.

Kaatil (Mayaanadhi, Malayalam): Shahabaz Aman is absolutely and wonderfully in command in Kaatil, lifting the sonorous melody significantly with his fantastic singing, while Sushin and Yakzan offer superb support in the backgrounds.

Nenjil mamazhai (Nimir, Tamil): Ajaneesh Loknath’s Tamil repertoire is looking stronger with every soundtrack. Kurangu Bommai, Richie and now this! The lilt is brilliant and Haricharan and Shweta Mohan handle the immersive melody beautifully.

Kiliye (Mayaanadhi, Malayalam): Between Atul’s Hang Drum, Benny Abraham’s Oud and Raghavasimhan’s electric violin, the immersive melody of Neha Nair’s Kiliye flows scintillatingly. The orchestration is decidedly more exotic and adds to the song’s charm.

Swagatham Krishna (Agnyaathavaasi, Telugu): Anirudh retains Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer’s original Mohanam-raaga base, but transforms the serene classical piece into an ambient, orchestral variant. The jathi intro, mid-way, is fantastic. Splendid singing by Niranjana Ramanan.

AB yevaro nee baby (Agnyaathavaasi, Telugu): Fantastic musical melange! Anirudh ropes in Nakash Aziz (with excellent backing vocals by Arjun Chandy) for this entertaining track that has a gentle swing seemingly tailor-made for Pawan’s trademark steps.

Poradi poradi nee (Masterpiece, Malayalam): Deepak Dev’s Jimikki kammal equivalent, if you see Masterpiece as Mammootty’s equivalent of Mohanlal’s Velipadinte Pusthakam, both playing college professors. Jassie Gift handles the Central Asian-style catchy tune well.

Swagpur ka chaudhary (Kaalakaandi, Hindi): Borders on Psychedelic Funk and carries the same irreverent swag from Akshat Verma’s (who writes and sings this one brilliantly) Delhi Belly.

Aa bhi jaa (Kaalakaandi, Hindi): Abhishek Nailwal gives fantastic company delivering the sedate hook to Vishal Dadlani’s lead vocals in Aa bhi jaa. Sameer Uddin’s tune is wrapped in more funky psychedelia.

Jive With Me (Kaalakaandi, Hindi): Abhishek Nailwal ups the ante with the zingy Electro Swing Jive With Me. Sameer Uddin’s tune has a charming shake-your-head rhythm and is consistently enjoyable.

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