Saturday February 10, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – FEB11.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 11:
On Apple Music | On Saavn
(15 songs in total, this week, though both Saavn and Apple Music do not have all the songs. Some songs that are not available on Saavn or Apple Music are in the form of YouTube embeds, below.)

A note on each song in the playlist.

Uyir uruvaatha (Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Tamil): Structured around that instantly likeable hook, gains enormously from the fabulous singing of Chinmayi and Sathyaprakash. The second interlude, where Sam makes two instruments converse, is a particularly fantastic touch.

Yean penne neeyum (Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Tamil): Manoj’s violin and Kishore’s sitar jostle for equal attention along with Haricharan’s dependably wonderful rendition in this song. Sam’s melody is, though it desperately pleads with the woman in question.

Yea pa yeppappa (Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Tamil): Sam grunges his way through the vocals, in a showy, superbly orchestrated package, punctuated by Swagatha S. Krishnan’s humming in the latter half.

Nights Of Neverland (Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Tamil): Sam picks the first interlude from Yea pa skilfully to create Nights Of Neverland and it works beautifully as a standalone instrumental variant, reaching a stupendous high and ending on a serenely and completely ominous note!

Winds Of The Darkest Hour (Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Tamil): As good as Nights Of Neverland, if not a bit more flamboyant and pulsating. If you think 1:03-1:07 sounds very familiar, look no further. Listen to 0:31-0:35 here 🙂

Chatu Matu Chupulanni (Manasuku Nachindi, Telugu): Radhan scores pretty well with a catchy and instantly foot-tapping rock ‘n roll sound, with an excellent brass section and Srinivasan Raghunathan getting it very right with the vocals, ending on a softer note.

Saalaagi (Gultoo, Kannada): Saalaagi’s sweeping melody seems perfect for Saindhavi’s range, and the frenetic breakbeats lift the song to a new high! Deepak Doddera joins her in the latter half, after which it turns into a lovely duet.

Neenondu Ashcharya (Gultoo, Kannada): Neenondu ashcharya could have easily come from Judah Sandhy’s mind… fits perfectly in the Chamak soundtrack’s scheme of things! Lovely melody, very well sung by Eesha Suchi and Deepak Doddera, and excellent orchestration as well.

Pranayamayi Radha (Aami, Malayalam): This song is yet another spectacular showcase of how good Shreya Ghoshal is, while singing for regional films! She holds the deeply affecting melody completely in her control, a spell broken only briefly by Dilshad Khan’s sarangi.

Umar Salon Sein (Aami, Hindi): Taufiq Qureshi’s treatment of this ghazal by Gulzar is completely different from Jagjit Singh’s imagination (Aap agar in dinon, Koi Baat Chale – 2006) and much closer to Hariharan’s outstanding ghazal Ghar chod ke (Sukoon, 1983).

Ayya Sami (Kinar, Tamil/Malayalam): K.J.Yesudas and S.P.Balasubrahmanyam last sang together for Ilayaraja’s Kaatukkuyilu Manasukkula (Thalapathy, 1991). This new collaboration is decidedly more Rahman’ish, and the voice fantastic voices keep it consistently engaging.

Etho Paattin Eenam (Ira, Malayalam): Though there are some very Gopi Sundar’ish flourishes (particularly the 2nd interlude), the melody has a gentle, old-world’ish charm. Vijay Yesudas, ever sounding like his dad, and Sithara’s vocals are perfect for the lovely tune.

Nenjin Ninave (Angarajyathe Jimmanmar, Malayalam): Girish Narayanan’s song is rather Gopi Sundarish too, and that’s no complaint at all 🙂 It’s also wonderful to hear Hariharan singing, with good support from Nikitha, and gorgeous strings by Cochin Strings.

Neelashalabame (Charminar, Malayalam): Jecin George intersperses his melody (sung by Sachin Warrier) seamlessly with Gayathri Suresh’s carnatic phrases (Thyagaraja’s Paripalaya raghuatha, for the prelude & closing) and the blend works brilliantly since the core melody is so nice.

Yavva Yavva (Raambo 2, Kannada): Actor Sharan always seems to get the best from composer Arjun Janya. When Vijay Prakash joins in, it gets even better. Yavva is instantly catchy and easily dance-worthy, with simple hooks and repetitive musical phrases. Slick video too!



  • rnjbond

    No Aiiyaary review? I know it’s only three songs, but it’s an overall solid soundtrack!

  • Karthic Sivaswamy

    There won’t be review for Angarajyathe Jimmanmar, Charminar, Aami, etc?

    • milliblog

      Nope. Cutting down on full album reviews drastically from this year.

      • Karthic Sivaswamy

        Noooo, *insert some dramatic GIF*

        It means you will write only about the songs which you like even if all songs from the album is released?

        • milliblog

          Yeah. In any case, it has become terribly difficult to guess when the full album released and when they will keep on adding songs to it. The album, as a concept, seems outdated.

          • Karthic Sivaswamy

            I hate singles (Sehwag fan :D)

          • rnjbond

            Is the album really dated? Even with a soundtrack that was difficult to figure out (Jab Harry Met Sejal), when all is said and done, it’s one complete album that we all loved.

          • milliblog

            Couple of ways to look at it. One, not all songs in the album usually get picturised these days (our movies are changing too). Hence, the importance of a cohesive music album for a movie seems like a stretch, increasingly.

            Two, with multi-composer albums, the concept of a musical expression of the theme/film (in the form of an album) becomes a farce, with rare exceptions like Solo where Bejoy Nambiar, the director held the reigns tightly.

            Three, efforts like Harry Met Sejal or Jagga Jasoos seem like the exception, and not the norm. And I definitely intend to make an exception and do album reviews in those cases 🙂

          • rnjbond

            That’s fair — and I have the same frustrations as you do about multi-composer albums.

            In my mind, when all is said and done, songs still end up belonging to the movie, even when songs don’t get picturized (e.g. Aaj Ki Party from Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Let’s Nacho from Kapoor and Sons) or in multi-composer soundtracks (Baar Baar Dekho, for example).

      • keshavramaswamy


  • B P

    Consider including a youtube playlist too? Not that it would be too difficult for the reader. But for all the people who do not have apple music and saavn subscription and the folks using the browser would be easier to subscribe to your channel and discover the previous weeks’ playlists. Besides, odds of finding the song in youtube is also higher, so all songs will be in one place. Something to think about. Thanks for the amazing content.

    • milliblog

      Point. Starting this week, will add YouTube playlist too.

  • Anand

    This is another beautiful song which spb and kjy sang together, not sure whether before thalapathi or after.

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