Sunday September 9, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – SEP09.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 40:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
26 songs this week. YouTube has the most – 24 songs, and is missing only the 2 songs from A.R.Rahman’s Harmony that is available only on digital streaming platforms. Saavn fares well, next – 20 songs, and is missing Tere Bin Nai Lagda by Shashaa Tirupati, Paravaigal Naam by Chennai Street Band, the Coke Studio song, Konjam Sirikkirean from Amutha, Samayamaa from Geetha Govindam and Rave, the Malayalam pop song. Apple Music really needs to get its act together.

A note on the songs in the playlist.


Electricity (Silk City, Dua Lipa featuring Diplo, Mark Ronson, Diplo & Mark Ronson): The pulse-pounding bass and the 90s house sound works effortlessly. Dua Lipa, of course, literally lights up the song with her powerful singing.

Just Got Paid (Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor, Sigala featuring French Montana): British DJ Sigala is responsible for the song’s cool retro funk, while Ella and Meghan launch the wonderfully enthusiastic song with their vocals. Fantastic stuff that ups the mood easily.

Be Somebody (Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara): The synth melody with a delightfully bouncy hook, handled by Kiiara, is a great party listen!

Sober (Chic, Nile Rodgers featuring Stefflon Don, Craig David): Chic, the 70s band, is back! Their new album in 26 years, It’s About Time, is due mid-September. The new single from the album, Sober, is upbeat and bouncy with its catchy riff and a generous dose of 80s R&B that reminded me so much of Michael Jackson.

Title Song (AndhaDhun, Hindi): Is the song really composed by Raftaar and Girish Nakod? Because it sounds so much like Amit Trivedi’s music (who is the official composer for the film)! The answer perhaps lies in Girish, who had a single released earlier in July this year, called Dhoka Hai Tu, that sounds a lot like Amit Trivedi’s music (the song starts mid-way: http://bit.ly/2CJUKNR). But, along with Raftaar’s racy singing, Girish does provide a fantastic title song for AndhaDhun!

Hello Hello (Pataakha, Hindi): The quintessential Vishal Bhardwaj item song. With Gulzar and Rekha Bhardwaj in tow, it just can’t go wrong, it looks like. It’s a riot of a song with a generous dash of telecom keywords, though they don’t go into the post-Jio world’s mobile internet keywords.

Tere Bin Nai Lagda (Shashaa Tirupati): Shashaa not only sings this new interpretation of Nusrat’s iconic song, but she also composes/produces the music. And it’s a very finely done piece of composition, particularly the way the Keys by Crehyl Pereira and Guitar by Sid Paul is utilized!

Tumba Wajda Aye (Shalmali Kholgade): Harpreet Singh’s music, taking excerpts from Baba Bulleshah’s verses and familiar sufi musical idioms, hands a fantastic tune to Shalmali, who breezes through the searing melody confidently.

Malang (Coke Studio Season 11, Episode 5): An incredibly ebullient reimagiantion of a classic folk song! The singing, by Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig, really lifts the song, as also the splendid music by the house band. The rousing hook, ‘Mahi mera sona sona’ (which used to be ‘Tauba tauba’ in the original folk variants, stays long after the song is over. Here are some of the other, older versions: Sindhi: http://bit.ly/2wU6ZSt | Pashto: http://bit.ly/2wUgReR

Paravaigal Naam (Chennai Street Band, Indipop): Srihari Jagannathan’s composition, sung by himself, is high on melody, with a lovely hook. The pronunciation could be better, though – ‘Un ninaivu ennai koLLa’, goes Srihari.

Yaaradi Nee (Jarugandi, Tamil): A nice, upbeat EDM’ish melody by composer Bobo Shashi. And as is the norm, Yuvan sounds considerably better singing it than his own songs that he chooses to sing. The digital correction is apparent, but it doesn’t jar. Uma Devi’s lyrics stand out too, incidentally!

Kannadi Nenjan & Kirukkan (Vanjagar Ulagam, Tamil): Kannadi Nenjan extends Sam’s music from Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, with a similar ominous sound and edgy tune, made more interesting and edgy by Santhosh Narayanan’s singing and the blistering guitar that enter mid-way into the song! Sam handles the flashy tune of Kirukkan himself and the song comes alive with its brilliant orchestral sound!

Konjam Sirikkirean (Amutha, Tamil): I hear shades of Reetigowlai and/or Karaharapriya raagas and that’s enough for the song to work effortlessly. But, of course, Vineeth Srinivasan’s phenomenal voice adds to the song’s charm. Composer Arun Gopan has a winner here.

The Karma Theme (U Turn, Tamil): Good old Anirudh magic at work. Catchy tune, a good dose of EDM and the lovely score by FAME’S Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra. Excellent package.

Mazhai Kuruvi/Neeli Kanumallo & Bhoomi Bhoomi (Chekka Chivantha Vaanam/Nawab, Tamil/Telugu): A.R.Rahman is back with Mani Ratnam, yet again! Mazhai Kuruvi is the easier one to absorb and like, even though the tune goes on unusual directions that take a few listens to comprehend. The Telugu version is far better, given much more proficient singing by Nakul Abhyankar compared to the Tamil version sung by Rahman himself. Bhoomi Bhoomi works because of Shakthisree Gopalan’s splendid singing, and the roaring guitar, layered on top of the sparse and interesting orchestration that even adds a fantastic vocal chorus.

Samayamaa (Geetha Govindam, Telugu): A bit song from Geetha Govindam that the official music label doesn’t care much about! So, Gopi shares it in his own YouTube channel. Cute, melodic and short. Wekk sung by Anurag.

Pathiye (Ranam, Malayalam): This is easily one of composer Jakes Bejoy’s best number! Vijay Yesudas beautifully holds the melancholic tune together, while Donan Murray’s guitar and Cochin Strings offer fantastic backgrounds.

Rave (Malayalam pop song): Composed by Jubair Muhammed, who also sings it along with Safeer V Jabbar, Rave has an easily likeable and simple melody. The music is what especially makes it stick, complete with Sumesh Parameswar on the guitar.

Nayanake Ninna Nodo (Karshanam, Kannada): Popular singer Hemanth Kumar, still known for his debut song from Preetse (the title song, music by Hamsalekha) makes his debut as composer in Karshanam. The soundtrack didn’t work for me, largely, but for one song – Nayanake Ninna Nodo. The song, with a lovely tinge of Hamsalekha-style music is a beautiful listen, including that sax-based 2nd interlude.

Kshana Kshana (Relax Satya, Kannada): Composer Anand Rajavikraman made an impressive debut in 2017’s Lee. In this song, there are shades of what he did well back then, particularly in the semi-classical mix of Thaliru thoranadi. Here, he also has Supriya Lohith’s lead vocals, supported by Sanjith Hegde!

Karo Karo Chokhe Bhoy & Poshla Ador (Drishyantar, Bengali): Karo Karo Chokhe Bhoy does sound like a standard-issue Mohit Suri style song, but composer Indraadip Dasgupta goes beyond, with a tinge of Latino in the melody, aptly handled by singer Ishan Mitra. Poshla Ador is even better, with its spritely tune, lively backgrounds, guitar work and Madhubanti Bagchi’s lead vocals.

Sunset Malkauns & Rainmaker (Harmony with A.R. Rahman): I’m not a particularly big fan of instrumental music. Amongst the many songs from Rahman’s new show, I liked these 2 the most. Sunset Malkauns’ obvious charm is Hindolam raaga (Malkauns in Hindustani) that Rahman significantly and splendidly expands with an array of instrumental exotica, while Rainmaker brings me back memories of Kitaro’s splendid music!

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