Sunday May 27, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – MAY27.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 25:
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23 songs this week. No playlist has all the songs 🙁 YouTube has almost all of them barring one – Rasthe Pakka Boddi Haida from the Kannada film, Kannadakkagi Ondannu Otti. Apple Music is missing 2 songs from Kannadakkagi Ondannu Otti, the single from Vaasu Naan Pakka Commercial (Pancharangi Audio needs to get its distribution act together!), the 2 songs from Race 3 (missing in Saavn too, since they are Gaana exclusives) and Navneeth Sundar’s Kanavile (missing in Saavn too).

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Nervous, Lost In Japan & Queen (Shawn Mendes): Shawn is just 19!! His new 3rd album is a solid step forward. In Nervous, he gets help from Julia Michaels, and like in Lost In Japan and Queen, these are excellent R&B funk that would make Justin Timberlake proud! If you add Youth, Shawn’s collaboration with Khalid, that I had written about, here’s a great new album to savor!

Peligrosa & Machika (Vibras, J.Balvin): Colombian reggaetón superstar J. Balvin’s new album is out and it extends reggaetón with a particularly fantastic dancehall vibe. The album has the incredibly catchy Mi Gente anyway, but it moves to the smooth Peligrosa, and the superb Machika, which has DJ Chuckie layering in Dutch Bubbling genre of dancehall. Move over, Gasolina… Balvin’s is in town!

Tafreeh (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Hindi): Amit Trivedi’s new soundtrack is a bit of a dampener (particularly the cringe-inducing Chavanprash song!), but Tafreeh proves that the composer we all love is intact, hitting an anthemic high in his own voice!

Kannanin Leelai (Vanjagar Ulagam, Tamil): Sam C.S. is pushing his boundaries and how! Mixing Dharmavathi raaga with frenetic EDM sounds odd on paper, but he pulls it off in superb style, amply aided by Swagatha S. Krishnan’s stellar vocals.

Veera Thamizhan (7UP Madras Gig, Tamil): Imman is back after a break, but in a non-film format this time! The Tamilian anthem has the necessary verve and powerful sound to excite and enthuse the already easily excitable Tamils!

Manasainadedo (Sammohanam, Telugu): Vivek Sagar upcoming soundtracks is turning out to be good, based on last week’s single and this one! This one’s decidedly more Mickey J Meyer but that’s hardly any reason to complain.

Rendu Kalla Ninda (Rajugadu, Telugu): I wasn’t impressed with the other songs in Rajugadu, but Gopi manages to impress at least with this one song… and this despite the incredibly familiar strings-based interludes!

Yunhi Rastay Mai (7 Din Mohabbat In, Pakistani): Composed by Shuja Haider, with lyrics by Piyush Mishra! This is a lovely, soft song that is simple and easily likeable. Sung by Ali Sethi and Aima Baig, so it’s no wonder!

Yella Halli Love Story, Title Song, Rasthe Pakka Boddi Haida & Nana Mele Nanageega (Kannadakkagi Ondannu Otti, Kannada): One heck of a soundtrack by Arjun Janya. Full review, here.

Helubaa Yenadena (Vaasu Naan Pakka Commercial, Kannada): After Rangeride, yet another winner from Ajaneesh for this film! This one has a heartfelt pathos melody with a catchy rhythmic base. The highlight is no doubt Ajaneesh’s singing that hits a new high.

Heeriye & Selfish (Race 3, Hindi): Salman’s next is a multi-composer soundtrack! Meet Bros do well dropping the beat predictably in Heeriye’s catchy tune, while Vishal Mishra does much better than Salman’s lyrics in handling Selfish’s pleasant melody, featuring Atif’s vocals.

Kanavile (Indipop, Tamil): Guppedantha Prema-fame Navneeth Sundar resurfaces again, along with Aalaap Raju! Very, very nice melody, aptly orchestrated! Reminded me a bit of Devan Ekambaram-composed Aaraadha Kobamillai from Bale Pandiya, at least in the anupallavi.

Rise (Jonas Blue, ft. Jack & Jack): “We’re gonna ri-ri-ri-ri-rise ’til we fall”…clever use of repetitive ‘rise’ and a beat drop make this song an easy listen. Uplifting, summery pop done well.

Glory (R.O.S.E., Jessie J): Jessi J’s 4th album is actually 4 EPs! R.O.S.E. stands for Realisations, Obsessions, Sex & Empowerment, each being one LP! Glory, from Empowerment is my favorite, giving her a solid opportunity to showcase her vocals, set to some catchy horns.

Call Me Sir (Train, ft. Travie McCoy & Cam): Veteran rockers join Gym Class Heroes rapper Travie McCoy, and country singer/songwriter Cam to produce this song with an addictive chorus and some neat guitar riffs.

Life on Earth (Snow Patrol): That soaring chorus is intact. So is the gradual build-up. The new album in 7 years from the British alt-rock band is more of their usual sound, closely mirroring Coldplay, as always. My favorite is the single, Life on Earth.



  • Sai Ram

    Heeriye-Race 3 is another remake of old song(not that old though) i.e naina da nasha by falak, deep money

  • Sai Ram

    Can you please tell how do you manage to listen and analyze so many songs, and more than that new songs, and what’s the sample size i.e from which you choose these songs and also how can you listen to such diverse songs in such less time?!

  • tejas

    What just happened to Amit Trivedi? Is he not getting good projects? Bad scripts? His music is mostly better than the films it serves. But off-late he has just settled in a rut or trying out things that do not come naturally to him like item songs.

    I really hope he gets better films and a chance to extend his repertoire like you mentioned in your Film Companion post. This is getting embarrassing now for him because so many new MDs hit it out of the park right away.

    • Sai Ram

      Amit Trivedi got work recently in films-secret superstar, newton, padman, raid, blackmail, etc, but it seems the multi-composer problem seems to be there as most of mainstream bollywood movies have multiple composers & also have some remake of old songs so the scope of the composer already reduces to a large extent

  • Sai Ram

    Can you tell how do you ensure in monthlies that you have covered all the songs by the composer and not missing any song(which is quite a possibility)?!

    • milliblog

      I miss a lot of songs by the composer because this is a curated list of personal favorites, not *all* the songs of the composer which may run in 100s.

  • Sai Ram

    Shuja Haider is 1 of my favourite music composer of coke studio & has given music to some of my favourite songs, hope to see him again in the coming coke studio season as well

  • Sri Prabhuram

    Rajugadu by Gopi Sundar

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