Sunday November 4, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – NOV04.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 46:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
21 songs and 2 ad jingles, this week! I cannot expect the ad jingles to be on Saavn or Apple Music (YouTube-only), but of the 9 Malayalam songs this week, only 4 are on Saavn and 5 on Apple Music, yet! YouTube seems like the best bet this week, with only one song missing (that too only because it is inside a jukebox!) – Saukaaram Pottu, from Thorati. This is also one of those Weeklies where there’s not a single Hindi film song and only one Tamil song!

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Jaaga Hoon Kab Se & Kal Shab Tumhari (Musafir ka Safarnama, Ghazal): Composer Dnyaneshwar Kasar’s tunes are adequately interesting though they simply mirror conventional ghazal tunes. His choice of singers all through the album seems if’fy, including the idea of him singing. It’s only when he gets really good ghazal singers that the tunes and lyrics work wonderfully. That’s these 2 songs, sung by Hariharan and Vijay Prakash, respectively.

Ye Maayo Emo Teliyadhe (Bluff Master, Telugu): This one’s easily singer Sunitha’s show! Composer Sunil Kashyap hands her a melodious tune that she thoroughly enjoys singing and brings it alive. Sunil’s semi-classical musical flourishes add to the song’s appeal.

Okkarante Okkaru (Savyasachi, Telugu): Sreenidhi Venkatesh carries M.M.Keeravaani’s calming and almost ethereal melody beautifully! The composer is at his best here, producing a melody that focuses on the tune keeping the backgrounds mild and complementary.

Poomuthole (Joseph, Malayalam): The melody, the music… everything is a delightful throwback to the Ilayaraja-style lullaby! In particular, when the simple and warm rhythm starts at the 2nd minute and when the flute starts the first interlude, you can be sure to reach your memory to multiple Ilayaraja songs! Niranj Suresh’s singing adds to the charm! A winner from composer Ranjin Raj.

Kanaka Mulla & Paarijatha Poo (Nithya Haritha Nayakan, Malayalam): 2 more songs by composer Ranjin Raj for this week! Kanaka Mulla is a very competent attempt at creating an adipoli song if you do not watch the terribly amateurish video. The sound is pulsating and the singing, by Jyotsna Radhakrishnan and Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, is good enough. There are shades of Jassie Gift’s music but that doesn’t matter. On the other hand, Vishnu Unnikrishnan sounds a LOT like Sid Sriram in the other song, Paarijatha Poo, even as Ranjin’s tune too offers him a melody like that!

Aathmaavil (Ottakkoru Kaamukan, Malayalam): Vishnu Mohan Sithara’s music goes a bit too obviously into the retro zone it is gunning for but it is definitely very nice. This is the 2nd song sung by Jyotsna Radhakrishnan (along with Sachin Raj) in this list, incidentally.

Viralthumpum & Pranayappoo (Oru Kuprasidha Payyan, Malayalam): There is a crushing pathos in Ouseppachan’s expansive and beautifully realized music in Viralthumpum. And Adarsh Abraham, the singer, expresses that feeling wonderfully in his vocals. Lovely song! Pranayappoo is the opposite – a lively and ebullient Muslim-wedding song that comes wonderfully alive in Ouseppachan’s music. Excellent singing by Devanand V and Rimi Tomy.

Nenjinullilaake (Thattinpurath Achyuthan, Malayalam): Deepankuran’s melody sounded like Hamir Kalyani to me (reminded me of Rahman’s Malargale Malargale from Love Birds and Vidyasagar’s Thankathinkal from Indraprastham). He has fantastic singers to accentuate the tune – Vineeth Sreenivasan and Radhika Narayanan, while he himself tries some interesting Veena-based (Sounder Rajan) funk in the 2nd interlude!

Kochunni Vazhuka (Kayamkulam Kochunni, Malayalam): A hymnal, evocative and brilliantly mounted theme song from the film, by Gopi Sundar. The singers, Sachin Raj, Arun Gopan, Uday Ramachandran, Krishnalal B S and Krishnajith, do their job really well.

Thee (San Jaimt, Malayalam): A fantastic, powerful rap in Malayalam! The way it is sung and the given the music, I kept thinking it sounded so much like Sri Lankan/Sinhala music and rap! Then I realized it reminded me, to some extent, of Dinesh Kanagaratnam’s outstanding Surangani Remake that Tamil composer Vijay Antony appropriated as Aathichoodi for the film TN 07 AL 4777, featuring brilliant dance by choreographer Shobi. San’s tune and music is racier, though.

Saukaaram Pottu (Thorati, Tamil): Ved Shanker Sugavanam has demonstrated his talent with some good music in the past. This album is largely disappointing, though, given the more situational songs that may seem better on screen. Saukaaram Pottu is the one song that works instantly, given its gentle lilting melody and outstanding vocals by Vijay Prakash!

Dhooma (Salute, Punjabi): Jaidev Kumar, despite the predictable stuff he churns in the rest of the soundtrack (with a guest item song titled Haryana Punjab by Mukesh Verma) including Mannat Noor’s Maahiya, produces at least one very good song in Dhooma! There is a steady addictive rhythm that keeps the song extremely lively and Sahil Solanki’s singing is the icing on the cake – superbly earthy!

Putt Jatt Da (Diljit Dosanjh, Indipop): Archie’s music is catchy and keeps things simple within the Punjabi hip-hop template. Diljit’s singing too is within the expected lines. An enjoyable song within the genre.

Mirza (Nucleya featuring Raftaar, Rashmeet Kaur): A heady mix of Nucleya’s funky sound, Raftaar’s rap and the best part, Rashmeet’s earthy and familiar Punjabi folk phrases. The combination works effortlessly.

The new Maaza ad jingle! (A R Rahman): An ad jingle for a change, in this list! The music is by A R Rahman and this is his most accessible and catchy best after a long time, something he has eschewed for most complex/experimental stuff to extend his own evolution. I hope Maaza considers asking him to make it into a full song and release it as a single.

Bose ad jingle! (Artist: Unknown): Another ad jingle, this week! I *LOVED* this one! I believe Bose commissioned an artist to produce this song specifically for this ad, but I really, really hope that credit the artist (music producer/composer and singer) since it is so good. And yes, release it as a single too!

Machine (Imagine Dragons): In true Imagine Dragons fashion, this is an anthemic, drum-heavy song that is pulsating and throbbing with a fantastic chorus with frontman Dan Reynolds leading the way in style!

I Found You (Calvin Harris, Benny Blanco): An instantly likeable dance-pop where Calvin Harris is not the producer, but the singer (the last single he sang was My Way, from 2016)! Benny Blanco is the producer and he completely owns the bouncy, addictive sound!

Mountains (LSD): LSD is a supergroup featuring Labrinth, Sia and Diplo that has previously released singles like Genius, Thundercloud and Audio. The new track starts on a sedate note featuring Sia and Labrinth’s falsettos before turning delightfully electronic with a catchy hook!

Dreamer (Mike Yung and Martin Garrix): Mike Yung, the former ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant, joins DJ Martin Garrix to create a fantastic soul-EDM mix! Mike’s soaring singing is the highlight, no doubt, but Martin’s alluring EDM phrases lift the song further!



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