Saturday March 17, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – MAR18.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 16:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
13 songs, this week. YouTube and Saavn are complete – they have all 13 songs. Apple Music is missing 3 songs and has only 10 songs – the missing songs are: The Mercury Song, the Kannada song Hosa Padmavathi (my favorite from this week’s list!) and the Punjabi song Rabb Jane from Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band.

A note on each song in the playlist.

Everybody Hates Me (The Chainsmokers): The first 2 singles (Sick Boy and You Owe Me) were largely whiny, but in Everybody Hates Me, the much-hated Chainsmokers drop all pretense and go full on, with a bloody cool EDM drop and some pseudo self-analysis:
“I’m a product of the internet
And now, I’m face to face with all the voices in my head
I can’t even check the time without facing regret
Why do I still have to mean everything I ever said?”

Done For Me (Charlie Puth, featuring Kehlani): Charlie Puth collaborates with R&B star Kehlani who has been scoring some really impressive collaborations recently. The song’s funky sound is effortlessly appealing, thanks to the synth horns.

Hosa Padmavathi (Johny Johny Yes Papa, Kannada): While Ajaneesh is making waves in Telugu with Kirrak Party, this new Kannada song drops… and rocks!! Superb horns, an incredibly catchy ‘Colour colour’ hook and fantastic singing by Vijay Prakash and Indu Nagaraj.

Most Wanted Abbayi (MLA, Telugu): Trust veteran Mani Sharma to whip up a scorching hot Telugu masala track! The lyrics, in typical Telugu-style rhyme (Armani) suit-tu, (Adidas) boot-u, cut-out-u, sweet-u, chocolate-u and many other things to a raucous effect!

Hey Indu (MLA, Telugu): This is the kind of song Mani used to compose in his sleep during his peak in Telugu film industry. Glad to see him back in this game. Rahul Sipligunj breezes through the wonderfully rhythmic tune and that ‘Chinnadaana’ hook.

Tere Naal Rehna (Jeet Gannguli, Punjabi): I’m really glad that Jeet Gannguli picks a serene and melodic tune for his first ever Punjabi song! Along with Jyotica Tangri (who is very, very good!), the song’s pleasant melody is thoroughly appealing.

Badla (Blackmail, Hindi): Amit Trivedi and DIVINE are angry… very, very angry in Badla. The sound is edgy, with a ‘Badla’ hook that literally explodes. DIVINE’s rap is mighty punchy, as usual.

Rabb Jane (Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band, Punjabi): Composer Rupak Iyer’s melody seemed like classic Charukesi raaga to me, with its thoroughly engaging and beautifully rich tune. Who better than Sonu Nigam to sing such a melody? And the man completely owns the song!

Thoo Manju (Krishnam, Malayalam): The trilingual has music by Hariprasad R, and of the 3 versions (sung by Karthik in Tamil and Kala Bhairava in Telugu), this Malayalam version sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan is my favorite. Full Vidyasagar feels in the stately melody!

Mayathennum (Mayathennum, Malayalam): There’s a distinct Gopi Sundar-style in Arun Ashok’s song. But he has a way with the likeable melody that takes an interesting turn after the 2nd interlude. Nikhil Mathew and Sangeetha Sreekanth are very good with the vocals.

Morning Is Coming (Album – 44/876): Sting and Shaggy are an unusual combo! This single, from their upcoming album, is a smooth downtempo and easy-listening track that combines the best of reggae and Sting’s incredible voice!

The Mercury Song (Mercury, Hindi): The last really well-known ‘silent’ film, the Kannada film Pushpaka Vimana (1987) wasn’t silent after all – it had no dialogs, but had fantastic background music by L.Vaidyanathan. This new ‘silent’ film by Karthik Subbaraj takes the same multi-lingual route to release like Pushpaka Vimana which was effortlessly welcome in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam as well. But, this one has a song – a promo song, at that, in Hindi no less. The song’s lyrics, by Sayeed Quadri, awkwardly shoehorns the word ‘Mercury’ into the flow, but other than that, this is perhaps the most energetic song composed by Mithoon in recent times, far removed from his brooding melodies.

Bhannat (Gavthi, Marathi): The trailer and the other songs from Gavthi seems to indicate some inspiration from Sairaat and this pulse-pounding song is on the lines of Zingaat — a manic Marathi kuthu song composed by Shreyashh and sung well by Suhas Sawant.



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