Archive for January, 2018

A new monthly series where I pick one composer (or composers, as this first post indicates since they are a trio!) and list my favorites from that composer(s) either within a theme or broadly across their music. With Shankar Ehsaan Loy, my focus is on their melodies. The list here is from their repertoire across […]

Wednesday January 10, 2018 20:37

Sketch (Music review), Tamil – SS Thaman

In Kanave, Thaman goes back to his Eeram sound! The melody is effortlessly appealing. Atchi putchi is adequately raucous kuthu that checks all requisite criteria. Cheeni chillaallee sounds a lot like early Rahman songs, with an especially melodic anupallavi. Andrea’s pronunciation of ‘Dhadikaara‘ was perhaps really bad; that’s one way to explain THE Sudha Raghunathan […]

Lamba lamba and Raakkozhi kootalinga defy description. They’re utterly zany and curiously catchy. As if that’s not enough, Yae elumba enni enni goes a step ahead in the zany quotient, and manages to sound incredibly disorienting and bizarre, while threatening to steal Vijay Mallya’s money! Hey reengara brings the soundtrack back to something resembling a […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 19:08

Milliblog Weeklies – JAN01.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 6: On Apple Music | On Saavn 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 […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:56

Tik Tik Tik (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

The title track has Madhan Karky playing Tamil teacher yet again, teaching us new words, even as Imman, for the catchy song, trolls Tamil Nadu by getting Yuvan—who mispronounces Tamil a lot—and digitally smoothens his singing perfectly too! Kurumba and its reprise which sees the father and mother singing about their son has a predictably […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:51

Kaly (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

The title song (Chunk chakkare) is authentically and minimally Kerala-folk style and stays true almost all through, with a foot-tapping rhythm. Kinnam katta kallan is strictly middling, but what is truly bizarre is that it references that thoroughly embarrassing and atrocious Baggy jeansum song from Sainyam (with S.P.Venkatesh’s music) in its first interlude! The short […]

Trissur song, with its flashy brass sound, seems intentionally corny. Sannidanandan handles the racy sound well. Innale innale, sung by Niranj Suresh, is so very Gopi! A low-key, guitar-driven melody that meanders with unhurried pleasantness and evoking the composer’s Telugu repertoire. Niranj is behind Kaate poora kaate as well, a song that sets the Diwanji […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:34

Tagaru (Music review), Kannada – Charan Raj

‘Folk Marley’ Anthony Daasan’s spirited rendition lifts Tagaru banthu tagaru as much as Charan’s highly infectious sound that effortlessly descends into pulsating kuthu at times. Mental ho jawa is a curiously interesting concoction! Charan blends a lot of things into a heady mix – Ananya Bhat’s Mental ho jawa hook, a semi-classical or faux-classical anupallavi […]

Saturday January 6, 2018 09:08

ARR51 – A playlist for your feet

I’m the 2-left-feet type. So, I decided to pick 20 songs of Rahman across his repertoire that made even me move (a bit, not too much – 2-left-feet, remember?). Obviously, there are so many more songs, but let this be a starter for the dude’s birthday today! On Apple Music: On Saavn (click on the […]

Between the energetic tabla and iktara-like strains, Anirudh handles Naana thaana‘s likeable tune in his inimitable style. The title song‘s gangsta-style music is engaging, while the anthemic Engae endru povathu‘s poignant lyrics and somber tune keep it listenable. Peela peela‘s is inherently catchy, with calypso’ish sound and clever retro-product mentions. The soundtrack’s best is, of […]

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