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!



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