Saturday November 10, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – NOV11.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 47:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
12 songs this week. Apple Music fares the best, with 11 songs and is missing the Kannada song from Orange. Saavn is next, with 10 songs – is missing the Kannada song from Orange as well, along with the new version of Aaja Ve (that’s an Apple Music exclusive so far). YouTube is last, with only 7 songs. The 2 songs from Taxiwaala (Telugu) and the 2 songs from Ananthu V/s Nusrath (Kannada) are inside playlists, so have embedded those playlists in the post below.

A note on the songs in the playlist.


Namo Namo (Kedarnath, Hindi): A simple, resonant Shiva bhajan composed and sung by Amit Trivedi who has had a terrific partnership with director Abhishek Kapoor in the past (Kai Po Che and Fitoor). On a lighter note, the ‘Namo Namo’ invocation in the song (written by Amitabh Bhattacharya) seems like Amit Trivedi’s penance for making song called ‘Mere Achche Din Kan Aayenge’ (written by Irshad Kamil) in Fanney Khan 🙂

Ladies And Gentlemen & Crazy Car (Taxiwaala, Telugu): Jakes Bejoy’s Telugu debut is definitely noteworthy, with Maate Vinadhuga leading the way. Not to be left behind, Crazy Car’s zingy swing sound is a great listen, while Hemchandra rules Ladies And Gentlemen with his superb delivery on top of the slow and catchy melody.

Kannodu Melle & Venmukilukal (Jeevitham Oru Mukhammoodi, Malayalam): Kannodu Melle is a surprise, coming from Jassie Gift. Jassie brings his Kannada form to Malayalam and the result is an easily likeable melody sung by Rajalakshmi and Harishankar KS. The other song from the film, composed by Nahoom Abraham, is good too! The tune and music reminded me of Deepak Dev, but Naheem and Amrita Jayakumar do a great job with the tune.

Ayyappantamma (Motherland, Malayalam): Composer Rakesh Kesavan sings this breezy, guitar-led song that works like a charming story-telling session (accentuated by an appropriately scripted video).

Yaaro Yaaro (Orange, Kannada): Thaman’s catchy, rhythmic tune reminded me of Harris Jayaraj’s body of work, Suttum Vizhi Sudare from Ghajini, in particular. The film’s director, Prashant Raj had a great streak of good music with Joshua Sridhar (Love Guru, Gaana Bajaana and Whistle) and moved to Thaman with his last film, Zoom (middling music, at best). He seems to have struck with Thaman again, and this song is promising.

Eega Thaane Jaariyagide & Zihal-E-Miskin (Ananthu V/s Nusrath, Kannada): Composer Sunaad Gowtham has at least 2 winners in the soundtrack. Eega Thaane Jaariyagide is a dreamy melody that gains so much from Vijay Prakash’s singing and the thoroughly engaging music. Ninada Nayak completely owns Zihal-E-Miskin – yes, the lyrics are, of course, by Amir Khusro. Gulzar had used the first 2 words for a song in Ghulami (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYiTtuwJzTQ). Here, Sunaad uses the actual Persian verse as-is and builds his new tune over it like a ghazal. Excellent singing and tune. There’s a Kannada version of the same tune as well – Ommeyu Thirugi. Equally good. Sung by Ninada Nayak again.

Lalya (Ani…Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar, Marathi): A heady and raucous Marathi folk sound by Rohan-Rohan! Nakash Aziz leads the singing but its clearly the fantastic folk rhythm that keeps the song engaging.

Peg Peg Peg (Manj Musik & Dholi Deep Ft. Emiway, Punjabi): As if Yo Yo Honey Singh’s ‘spirited’ songs are not enough, here’s Manjeet Singh Ral aka Manj Musik, Dholi Deep and Emiway making a very strong and catchy case for why we should remain intoxicated. The music is heady (understandably) and a dance-floor pounding hook!

Aaja Ve (Sona Mohapatra & Ram Sampath, Hindi): Sona Mohapatra and Ram Sampath recreate their classic pop song with the voices of the team Sona is mentoring for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2018. The tune remains highly enticing as always and the new voices do stupendously well too, complete with excellent alaaps towards the end.

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