Sunday May 6, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – MAY06.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 22:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
16 songs this week. Apple Music has all of them, while Saavn is missing just one: the last one, from Mahanati. YouTube is missing 3 songs – 2 of The Yellow Diary and Cycle’s Dheemi Dheemi.

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Rubberband Man (The Spinners): This is the song Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced to in Avengers: Infinity War! So, this is THE song you would be Googling as soon as you finish watching the film. Oozes 70s soul coolth!

Tareefan (Veere Di Wedding, Hindi): I recall seeing Qaran Mehta’s name in multiple songs by Pritam. He branches out on his own quite confidently here, with an effortlessly catchy song, made better by Badshah’s rap.

Marz, Kashmir & Afzai (The Yellow Diary, Indipop): Very promising 3-song EP! Eclectic sound, mixing rock and electronic music beautifully. Rajan Batra, the lead vocalist, has an arresting vocal style! The tunes are consistently and highly engaging.

Semma Weightu (Kaala, Tamil): While there’s a legitimate reason to be a tad disappointed that Santhosh merely extends Kabali’s Gangsta Rap sound in Kaala too, the song, in itself, is thoroughly enjoyable, with a Mumbaiya edge.

Soundarya Lahari (Saakshyam, Telugu): Harshvardhan Rameshwar, who helped Sandeep Reddy complete Arjun Reddy after the tiff with Radhan, makes his solo debut. Promising sound, albeit a bit simple and straight. The interludes and Aarthi’s classical singing make a difference.

Aagipo Baalyama (Mahanati, Telugu): Mickey attempts a retro-styled song, the only one in Mahanati’s soundtrack. In Ramya Behara’s confident singing, the song works easily, with its racy, carefully modernized retro tune, though it sounds more Bhanumathi than Savitri!

Saiyaan (Mehbooba, Telugu): Glad to see Sandeep Chowta getting back to films. Ambika Jois beautifully handles the catchy tune that offers some fantastic guitar work in the anupallavi and smoothly blends in a sufi soundscape too, briefly!

Kurumbi (Kaamuki, Malayalam): After Madhan Karky’s Kurumba in Tik Tik Tik, here comes Kurumbi! The music video is a sheer delight, though Gopi’s lilting song is no less impressive. Sreya Jayadeep nails the singing, with her enthu-child feels.

Sakhya Re (Ranangan, Marathi): Rahul Ranade attempts to recreate an iconic song by Bhaskar Chandavarkar – ‘Sakhya Re Ghayal Mee Harini’ from the 1975 film Saamna! Very competent effort, retaining the original’s flavor, while Aanandi Joshi’s singing lifts it too.

Dheemi Dheemi (Cycle, Marathi): Composer Aditya Bedekar builds his sweet and soft melody gradually, with an aptly lilting rhythm. Sagar Phadke’s vocal delivery is on the dot too, literally breathing life into the melody.

Can I Get Your Number Tonight (Anne Marie): Easy-on-the-ears and no-frills pop from the British singer’s debut album. Produced by Sam Klempner & TMS, the song’s distinctive Carribean vibe makes it an undeniably catchy dancefloor number.

Move to Miami (Enrique Iglesias, ft. Pitbull): More bubblegum pop, though it hardly sounds like an Enrique song, and sounds a lot more like a Pitbull song. The throbbing rhythm continues to remain in your head long after the song’s over.

Youth (Shawn Mendes, feat Khalid): The duet was written as a response to the after the terrorist attack at London Bridge in 2017. Poignant pop that gains a lot from both Shawn and Khalid, and the somber guitar and kick-drum combo.

Bloom (Troye Sivan): The predominant drums is straight out of a Michael Jackson production, while Troye’s vocals sound a lot like 90s George Michael! The atmospheric synth-pop sound is immediately likeable!

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