Sunday April 29, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – APR29.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 21:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
16 songs this week. Saavn has all of them. Apple Music is missing just one: the last one, from the Malayalam film Uncle. YouTube is missing quite a few. Please do check the Saavn list or the write-up below for the ones missing.

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Make Me Feel (Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer): The lead single from Janelle’s already-acclaimed album is throbbing funk done right! Prince’s influence is all over the sound! The video is straight out of Black Mirror’s San Junipero, with a blast of 80s styled colors!

Familiar (Liam Payne and J. Balvin): For One Direction star Liam Payne takes his solo act further with yet another collaboration, this time with Colombian reggaeton star J.Balvin. The tune is familiar (pun unintended!) Latino template, but is punchy and catchy enough.

Bulbula & Yeh Bhi Beet Jayega (Meri Nimmo, Hindi): Good to see Krsna surviving against the odds. His 2 songs here extend the sound he explored in Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ Old School Girl – waltzy goodness. His singers, Paroma Dasgupta and Sukriti Kakkar, deliver wonderfully.

Yedhedho Aanene, Kallooliye & Theme song (Mr.Chandramouli, Tamil): Sam’s outright masala soundtrack works half-way. Read the soundtrack review here.

Sainika & Iraga Iraga (Naa Peru Surya, Telugu): Sainika is energetic and pulsating, thanks largely to Vishal’s singing. In Iraga, the duo stand side-by-side with their South counterparts creating a captivating and compelling kuthu, powered by Mohana Bhogaraju and Rahul Sipligunj!

Sada nannu (Mahanati, Telugu): Mickey J Meyer’s music for the film is turning out to be very interesting. For this semi-classical song, his choice of Charulatha Mani works wonderfully. The music is typical Mickey – sweeping, ambient and beautifully realized.

Naa pranam (Mehbooba, Telugu): Sandeep Chowta is back! His pensive and inventive melody is only distantly and minimally reminiscent of Bimbo Jet’s iconic El Bimbo. Varijashree Venugopal is absolutely fantastic with her solo singing, lifting it to a new high.

Payunne Mele (Thobama, Malayalam): The Neram-Premam composer, Rajesh Murugesan, strikes again! His ‘Trip Song’ is dreamy and perfectly in sync with lush green Kerala on display in the video! Benny Dayal’s lead vocals go beautifully with the gentle lilt of the song. Don’t miss the video!

Kaadhale (Maradona, Malayalam): Sushin Shyam’s soundscape is incredibly beautiful! The lead vocals by Sruthy Sasidharan enhances the music’s whispery feel, while the backing vocals by Amal Antony, Neha Nair, Sushin Shyam gets the repeated chorus delightfully right!

Kripaakari Devi & Endhe Kanna (Aravindante Athidhikal, Malayalam): Kripaakari Devi is a power-bhajan or sorts, with Mithun Jayaraj singing paeans of Kollur Mookambika Devi in Shaan Rahman’s pulsating music. Debutant Megha Josekutty gets an absolutely gorgeous tune from Shaan in Endhe Kanna! She steals the show with her singing, with the melody seeming like either Madhyamavathi or Brindavana Saaranga raaga in Endhe Kann. Shaan’s sound is rich and ambient, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Eeran Marum (Uncle, Malayalam): The talented Bijibal has been largely missing so far in 2018, but in Earan Marum, he makes a very good start. With Shreya Ghoshal phenomenal singing by his side, his resonant melody effortlessly comes alive.

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