Sunday November 25, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – NOV25.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 49:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
16 songs this week. YouTube has 100% coverage – glad that at least one platform has all the songs! 🙂 Saavn is missing only 3 songs – Odiyan’s Kondoram, Maayaiye and Vidya Vox & MaatiBaani’s Fly Away. Apple Music has only 10 of the 16 songs – please do check out the YouTube Playlist for the rest.

A note on the songs in the playlist.


Mere Naam Tu (Zero, Hindi): Now this is the Ajay-Atul of Sairat that has been eluding them in Hindi so far this year. It was on display a bit in Dhadak but this one goes several layers ahead! Splendid strings and superb singing by Abhay Jodhpurkar.

Qaafirana (Kedarnath, Hindi): This album is turning out to be pretty good! To be sure, this song falls in one of the more familiar templates of Amit Trivedi, but Arijit Singh and Nikhita Gandhi’s dreamy vocals lift it beyond the conventional.

Yeh Kya Hua, Sohnea & Laute Nahi (Broken But Beautiful, Hindi): The 3 songs are from ALTBalaji’s series Broken But Beautiful. 3 different composers – Yeh Kya Hua is by Rana Mazumdar, sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Dev Negi. It’s a breezy melody on the lines of a classic Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy track, made so much better by Shreya’s singing. Sohnea is composed by Milind Gaba and sung by Miss Pooja and Milind Gaba. A rhythmic and highly tuneful Punjabi pathos track that again gains from the choice of the singer – Miss Pooja. The song was released last year and had been included in this soundtrack. Yash Narvekar composes the 3rd song, Laute Nahi… sung by Papon. Once again – lush melody, beautifully handled by Papon!

Maayaiye (Darshana KT & Radar with a K): An intriguing mix of beautifully Tamil verses sung brilliantly by Darshana on top of Radar with a K’s pulsating techno music!

Aliyukayayi/Suhara Song (Shibu, Malayalam): After 2 soundtracks (Aanandam in Malayalam & Katheyondu Shuruvagide in Kannada; and the single in Oraayiram Kinakkalaal), composer Sachin Warrier is back with Aliyukayayi. It’s a delightful melody made better by Karthik’s singing. And the way the video opens, with the guys stopping the girls and the lead girl assuming they are after her… watch what happens next 🙂

Karineela Kannulla (Joseph, Malayalam): Ranjin Raj impresses in the way he mixes Kerala’s traditional music with a more modern pop tune. The melody gets progressively better and hits a melodic high in the anupallavi, even as singer Karthik’s serene vocals is a significant contributor to the charm.

Kondoram (Odiyan, Malayalam): M.Jayachandran’s tune is catchy and has a fantastic lilt. His use of Chennai Strings, in particular, works wonders, as much as the singers – Sudeep Kumar and Shreya Ghoshal.

Ninna Raja Naanu (Seetharama Kalyana, Kannada): Composer Anup Rubens brings his own brand of rhythmic Telugu-style music to Kannada with Ninna Raja Naanu. It’s fluffy and catchy, accentuated by Armaan Malik’s breezy singing.

Majhi Pandharichi Maay (Mauli, Marathi): A superbly mounted bhajan! Trust Ajay-Atul to add layer by layer on the song to produce such a delightful bhajan that transcends languages!

Kuni Yenar Ga (Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3, Marathi): Composer Nilesh Moharir has been doing some good work in Marathi, in films like Savita Damodar Paranjpe and What’s Up Lagna. This song, with the charm of a 60s/70s melody, has an incredibly sweet tune and a repetitive hook that you just can’t get enough of!

Ishqa (Lakhwinder Wadali, Punjabi): Despite the cringe-worthy start to the video, the song is more like a classic Pritam melody, with a tinge of Latino. Chandra Sarai’s tune and music works well, and Lakhwinder’s earthy Punjabi vocals add to the charm.

Fly Away (Vidya Vox, ft. MaatiBaani): Vidya brings her brand of music while Maatibaani’s Nirali handles the dandiya raas part and the combination works seamlessly in Shankar Tucker’s vibrant music!

Nee Venakale Nadichi/Mandhira Kannilae (Indipop): The first surprise is that the song features Vijay Devarakonda. I believe the song was composed and shot after his first hit, Pelli Choopulu and the present timing seems right to cash in on the song, with his popularity. Saurabh – Durgesh’s music is standard-issue pleasant, though it is Chinmayi’s singing that stays with you, on both versions!

Sawan Barse (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Indipop): It almost seems like Suchitra’s music has been stuck in a time warp. The tune, by Surya Vishwakarma, is straight out of the 90s Indipop/Channel V pleasantness, while Suchitra’s singing continues to be middling. It’s the rain-soaked tune that keeps the song together.

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