Archive for July, 2018

Inkem Inkem is sheer magic! The combination of Sid Sriram’s incredible singing and the Neelambari raaga-based melody works wonders, while Sumesh Parameswar’s minimal guitar background props it beautifully. Sid gets almost as good a tune in Vachindamma! The jaunty folk rhythm and nadaswaram layer are lovely. In Yenti Yenti, Chinmayi gets a delightful tune that […]

High On Love should ideally be High on Yuvan! The entrancing melody is vintage Yuvan, with a deeply engaging orchestration and Sid Sriram’s stupendous vocals. Dope Track is equally brilliant. The melody is affecting, and even Yuvan’s poor diction and off-track singing seem pardonable given the wonderfully pulsating music. Hold Me Now is a hattrick! […]

Sunday July 29, 2018 12:08

Milliblog Weeklies – JUL29.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 34: On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube 34 songs, this week. Saavn comes closest with 32 songs (it’s missing Sona and Ram’s Ghane Badra which is an Apple Music special for now, and Coke Studio Pakistan’s Hum Dekhenge which is only […]

Kalyanam Vaibhogam seems perfect for veteran S.P.Balasubrahmanyam; Mickey layers his familiar world-music’ish sounds to the prayer-like melody. Ekkada Nuvvunte (sung by Dhanunjay), Modalaudaam (Sunitha Upadrashta and Anurag Kulkarni) and Ithadena (Shreya Ghoshal), all have really appealing lilt in their rhythm and work effortlessly. Something Something Ga‘s swinging twist is instantly catchy, though the Punjabi mix, […]

Em Peru Matta‘s racy metal sound is appealing but on a fractured tune. The song’s ‘Mersal Illai‘ line becomes another song, completely different, and equally all-over-the-place. Andrea Jeremiah owns Mayakkuraane‘s jazzy melody, amidst a superb brass section. That brass rules over the gaana’ish Maane Thene too, supported by lively singing. Anjaa Nenjane is a kuthu-jazz […]

Sushin sings Varum‘s ethereal melody with the requisite calm, while Munna’s hang drum adds to the serenity. Ee Raavil takes on a similar sound; Nezer Ahamed—Varum’s guitarist—sings this one! That exotic instrumental interlude is haunting! Kaadhale‘s soundscape is incredible! Sruthy Sasidharan’s vocals accentuate the sound, while the backing vocals’ repeated chorus is delightful! In Aparaada […]

(The July Monthlies is a continuation to the June Monthlies playlists.) If there was any justice in this world, then composer M.Ashraf would be celebrated as much as any leading Hindi film composer in India. But, unfortunately, Ashraf is hardly known in India. There are at least 20+ songs composed M.Ashraf in this list – […]

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:31

Milliblog Weeklies – JUL22.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 33: On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube 27 songs this week. Unfortunately, terrible availability across platforms this week too! So, Apple Music comes on top, with 21 songs. Saavn and YouTube fare far worse, with 13 and 12 songs, respectively 🙁 […]

Sunday July 22, 2018 07:54


13 years of Milliblog. That’s 13 years of a hobby! From the post where I wrote about completing 12 years, where I had briefly alluded to the point, 13th has been significant. As I had reflected in my post last year, I finally took the plunge and stopped doing reviews for all/most soundtracks. And moved […]

Yuvan’s first interlude in Dhooramaai is quite literally like soaking into the beauty of a cool, green mountain, as the music simply flows. Vijay Yesudas adds to the effect with his exquisite singing too, while Vairamuthu’s lyrics imaginatively allude to the maternal instincts, in both the anupallavi (“Inge thondrum siriya malai, iyarkkai thaayin periya mulai, […]

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