Sunday December 2, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – DEC02.2018

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 50:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
20 songs, this week, counting 2 from Kedarnath (same song, 2 versions). The folks from VIU, the OTT platform, don’t seem very confident about their series’ music and have released it only on YouTube, unlike ALTBalaji last week that had released the songs from Broken on other platforms too. So, the 2 songs from Banned are YouTube-only. Barring those 2 songs and Funktuation’s Oora Paaru, Saavn has the rest of the 17 songs. YouTube has 15 songs + the 2 from the Kannada film, Anukta that are inside a jukebox (so I have embedded it here). Apple Music has 16 of the 20 songs.

And yeah.. this is the 50th episode of Milliblog Weeklies!

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Jaan’Nisaar (Kedarnath, Hindi)
The song has 2 versions, and I seem to prefer Asees Kaur’s version over Arijit Singh’s, even though both have sung it very well. Amit Trivedi’s tune is a calming melody, with wonderfully restrained backgrounds to let the tune shine.

Pappi & Gutargoo (Banned, TV Series)
After last week’s 3 songs from ALT Balaji’s Broken, it looks like TV Series are the new hunting ground for songs! These 2 songs are from VIU’s series, Banned. Pappi is composed by Utsav Nanda, who does considerably better than his earlier single from the series, the rather generic Angrezon Raaj Karo. Shashwat Singh’s singing and Shellee’s lyrics help, as much as the Pancham-style tune. Shellee’s lyrics rule over Gutargoo too, again sung by Shashwat, but composed by Parag Chhabra. This one has a verve straight out of Amit Trivedi’s repertoire.

Title Song (Sarvam Thaala Mayam, Tamil)
A.R.Rahman at his catchy best in a long time. A simple tune with a glitzy music that sometimes reminded me of Yuvan Shankar Raja’s Telugu song, Sehari, from Oye. Excellent singing by Haricharan and Arjun Chandy.

Avan (Seethakaathi, Tamil)
Composer Govind Vasantha is on a spree, literally. After the first single, this is yet another strong offering with a deeply impactful melody and superb singing by Harish Sivaramakrishnan.

Rowdy Baby (Maari 2, Tamil)
Despite pretty good music in Maari, it’s interesting that Dhanush goes with Yuvan Shankar Raja in the sequel, instead of Anirudh. He did that with VIP 2 too, opting for Sean Roldan, for sub-par results. But Rowdy Baby is a fantastic song, with a swinging African-style guitar and funky singing by Dhanush and Dhee.

Oora Paaru – Funktuation (Indipop)
Benny Dayal’s lead vocals is, no doubt, the prime attraction, but the 80s electro-funk sound and gaana-style Tamil lyrics add to the effect. This is one kick-ass song!

Friendship (Hushaaru, Telugu)
Just when I was beginning to wonder if Sunny M.R has decided to get out of Telugu and be a permanent assistant to Pritam in Bollywood, here he is! This is a trademark Sunny track and I’m just glad he’s back with his sound, with a killer guitar by Roland Fernandes.

Mandarappoovum (Sakalakala Shala, Malayalam)
Aby Tom Cyriac’s music reminded me of Vidyasagar. But, not to take anything away from Aby, this is a lovely melody, made better by Karthik and Shweta’s singing.

Ee Saniha & Thalupisadhe Ulidhiruva (Anukta, Kannada)
Composer Nobin Paul has done a few films in the past, including BGMs, but this is, by far, his best! For Ee Saniha, he ropes in fellow-composer Vasuki Vaibhav. Vasuki’s involving vocals help prop the excellent, somber melody. Sumesh Parameshwar’s guitar and Narayan Sharma’s violin are also valuable additions. In Thalupisadhe Ulidhiruva, Balakrishnan’s mridangam, kanjira backdrop offers a great platform for the musical dialog between Ashwin Sharma and Palak Muchhal. The unusual tune traverses particularly interesting phases in the anupallavi!

Jind Mahi (Diljit Dosanjh, Punjabi Pop)
Diljit has been a lot busy on the musical circuit lately. This song is yet another win for him, tune-wise – simple, ear-worm’ish hook included. The video is something else, really – featuring October-fame Banita Sandhu, a LOT of alcohol and a big bunny! I can guess where all the alcohol went – most probably inside the music video’s director.

Jo Tu Na Mila (Asim Azhar, Indipop)
Fresh from his Coke Studio stint (Mahi Aaja, with Momina Mustehsan from Coke Studio Season 11, Episode 4), Asim gets a brooding ballad in true Mohit Suri-style (the man behind VYRL Originals). Asim does well, and so does the composer Qasim Azhar, his brother.

Chal Para (Strings, Pakistani Pop)
The 6th song from Strings’ upcoming album ‘30’ (the first song was released in March this year!). Actually, if they are going to release one song a month, could you even call it an album? This one’s vintage Strings, with a strong connect back to Dhaani.

E-Lo, Timbuktu & Voodoo (Global Citizen EP1): Almost as if Yogi Adityanath gave them a call, Coldplay change their name to Los Unidades for this new 4-song EP. The band has 3 songs in it (the ones listed here). They are great, in line with what you’d expect from Coldplay, plus more, in the form of the collaborators. E-Lo is smooth African-pop in Coldplay mold, while Timbuktu has a considerably better African sound. My favorite is the incredibly catchy Voodoo, almost like a spruced up version of Modjo’s Baby.

Summer Skin (Parekh & Singh)
Dreamy pop, with an incredibly relaxed vocal lead. It’s a heady feeling, when Nischay keeps on going after the core of the music has ended, into a free-flowing outro! A fitting follow-up to Ocean!

Colder (Nina Nesbitt)
From the Scottish singer’s upcoming album, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change. The hook which has ‘Closer’ and the subsequent ‘Oh na na’ chorus take the song to a new high. The way Nina sings ‘Closer’ also seemed distinctly Indian-style to me!



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