Friday October 5, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – OCT07.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 43:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
47 songs this week. And Saavn has 44 of them and is missing the Coke Studio song, Mandharam’s Pulari Mazhakal in Malayalam and Villain’s Shundori Komola in Bengali! Apple Music is missing the Coke Studio song as well, besides all the 3 songs in Kannada and Swarathma’s new song.

A note on the songs in the playlist.


Kya Kahoon Jaaneman (Namaste England): The 2nd song from Mannan Shah in this soundtrack that worked for me! Much credit to Shashaa Tirupati for that, though Mannan’s showy and seductive melody works its charm too!

Yaadon Ki Almari, Khoya Ujaala & Dooba Dooba (Helicopter Eela, Hindi): See the full review here: http://bit.ly/2P7J0WZ

Kaarkuzhal Kadavaiye, Ennadi Maayaavi Nee, Maadila Nikkura Maankutty & Goindhammavaala (VadaChennai, Tamil): See the full review here: http://bit.ly/2O2vkPI

Top Tucker, CEO In The House & Oru Viral Puratchi (Sarkar, Tamil): See the full review here: http://bit.ly/2zO4C5G

Hey Piriyame Piriyame (Ratsasan, Tamil): Ghibran’s multi-layered orchestration is intact, but it is the tune that really sounds interesting in Hey Piriyame. It goes in unusual directions with the ‘Perai Cholli’ hook! The anupallavi is particularly tuneful, though Anupdeep Dev’s Tamil seems odd at places.

Swapnam Sargam (Padayottam, Malayalam): A delightfully harmonious and captivating Muslim wedding song from Prashant Pillai. Hesham Abdul Wahab’s lead vocals goes perfectly with the tune, with great support from Shabeer Ali & Preeti Pillai. The single-take video (something Prashant Pillai & director Lijo seem to be associated with fairly often; remember Pampara Pa Pa from Amen?) is worth a watch too!

Pulari Mazhakal (Mandharam, Malayalam): See the full review here: http://bit.ly/2zMzVxp

Yeththara Yeththara & Raja Raja Kula (NOTA, Telugu): See the full review here: http://bit.ly/2zO8h3h

Na Na Na (Hushaaru, Telugu): Radhan’s tune is simple, with a reggae-ish rhythm, but Bobo Shashi’s energetic singing makes it work! And that catchy hook! Bobo Shashi seems to be in news these days, with this song and his own soundtrack for Jarugandi in Tamil.

Suriyo Kaneera (The Terrorist, Kannada): A fantastic companion piece to Swapnam Swargam, but in Kannada! Composer Pradeep Varma’s tune seems to allude to Prashanth’s tune in terms of the song’s genre, and Ananya Bhat’s singing is very good!

Siri Siri Minuguva (Puta 109, Kannada): There is an old-world’ish charm in R.S.Ganesh Narayanan’s tune. The melody takes on Raja’ish and also Vidyasagar-style turns in the anupallavi! Very listenable melody!

Kuttu Kuttu (Viictory 2, Kannada): The Sharan-Arjun Janya combo strikes yet again! The tune is language-agnostic kuthu with a racy rhythm that could soon be heard in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam too, if not Hindi 🙂

Shundori Komola (Villain, Bengali): Subhadeep Mitra For JAM8 recreates a familiar and well-known traditional song (that got national fame with Ram Sampath’s version in Coke Studio India 2013) into a winsome festive melody. Antara Mitra and Armaan Malik are particularly good handling the ebullient song.

Mayitta Mayile (Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy, ft. Kausthub Ravi): Composer Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy, who was impressive in Yaadhumaagi Nindraai, offers a delectable melody here! Basanth Muralikrishnan sax is as significant as Kausthub Ravi’s vocals in the captivating song.

Raah E Fakira (Swarathma, Indipop): The new single from Swarathma! The guitar is, as always, fantastic, though I’d have loved for the lead vocals to be a bit better than what it is (particularly as it progresses). Very good song, though.

Ilallah (Sounds of Kolachi, Coke Studio Season 11, Episode 6): Sounds of Kolachi makes the Coke Studio debut finally! The tune is almost like a hymn, while Gul Muhammad’s sarangi and Waqas Hussain’s sarangi easily stand out alongside Ahsan Bari’s lead vocals. The percussion was reminiscent of Rahman’s Dil Se number, Ai Ajnabi!

Ludo (Tony Kakkar ft. Young Desi): Why should J.Balvin and Lois Fonsi exploit Latino sounds to get worldwide success? Here’s our own Tony Kakkar making a successful mishmash of Latino and Punjabi! It works effortlessly 🙂

Maayera (Raghav, Hindi): Raghav (Mathur, not Sachar) has been a fairly consistent face in Indian pop music. His new single is a great showcase of his tune making skills and singing! The melody is superb, seeped in a raaga, gets brilliant support in terms of the breezy orchestration.

Bigger, Gun & Last Dance (Hyperion, St.Lucia): St.Lucia’s 3rd album is a great listen overall and producer Rob Kirwan who has worked with U2 and Depeche Mode, and St.Lucia’s own earlier album (Matter) manages to infuse a diverse range of influences all through. The result is great dance-pop… very listenable.

Moves (Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg): Easy-on-the-ear and very catchy, though it reminded me of Calvin Harris’ Feels, for some reason. That’s not a bad thing, though, given how insanely good that song is.

Está Rico (Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Will Smith): The three men whip up a heady bilingual song where Bad Bunny’s trap is as punchy as Marc’s salsa-infused parts even as Will sounds a bit out-of-place with his rap!

The entire album! (Brighter Days, Sigala): Bruce Fielder aka Sigala, the English DJ, has a stupendously cool winner in his hands. His debut album is star-studded (Ella Eyre, Sean Paul, Meghan Trainor, The Vamps, Flo Rida, Craig David, Kylie Minogue and more!) and every song is dripping with a feel-good, foot-tapping sound (almost a bit too predictable as the album progresses) that it’s great as one non-stop listen!

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