Saturday January 19, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – JAN20.2019

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 56:
On Saavn | On YouTube
10 songs this week. 9 of them are in Saavn playlist; it’s missing only Adiacot’s Jaane De – have embedded that in YouTube here and is also part of the YouTube playlist. YouTube has 8 songs and is missing Thedunna Theeram Nee from Neeyum Njanum and Hey Nenila from Mr.Majnu.

A note on the songs in the playlist.


Apna Time Aayega – Gully Boy (Dub Sharma & DIVINE) – Hindi: This is one electric track with a hook that you cannot not sing along! Kudos to Ranveer Singh to get into the skin of his character by also singing it, something that this production house pioneered with Rock On!

Red Card-u – Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (Hiphop Tamizha) – Tamil: This is the ‘come down and hit’ (erangi adikkira, in Tamil) style masala song that seems to have been custom-created for STR, given the lyrics refer to his recent skirmishes with people in the Tamil film industry. While there’s nothing much to say about STR’s digitized singing, Hiphop Tamizha’s music is zingy, with a manic energy needed to prop a song like this.

Hey Nenila – Mr.Majnu (Thaman S) – Telugu: Thaman’s new Telugu soundtrack, overall sounds great. He’s back with much better music this time. My pick of the soundtrack are Yemaindo (that I had added in my Weeklies on December 16th) and Hey Nenila, that is a great showcase for singer Sruthi Ranjani. The tune has a convivial ‘you talking to me?’ charm and the music is spritely too, particularly the interludes.

London Dhaaka Dol Baaje – That is Mahalakshmi (Amit Trivedi) – Telugu: This is the first song from the 4-language Queen remake. Interesting shades worth noticing between the 4-language versions. Only the Telugu version is a solo, sung by Geetha Madhuri, while the rest are duets, featuring Jassie Gift as the male singer, along with Ananya Bhat in Kannada and Tamil, and Sithara Krishnakumar in Malayalam. The Tamil, Telugu and Kannada version music is identical, while in the Malayalam version, for some reason the opening (prelude) Nadaswaram is missing. I assumed it was because of the Muslim setting but the sound (or a variant, possibly Shenai) does play in the interlude like the rest of the 3 language variants. Amongst the 4, I felt the Telugu version fit in best, with the tune and lyrics, but still, this is shades below London Thumakda.

Hey Madhuchandrike – Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: A somewhat predictable Gopi Sundar melody that’s made better by Vijay Yesudas’ singing. The music is simple and sedate, and the interludes and background music scream Gopi’s trademark style.

Ishq Kond & Thedunna Theeram Nee – Neeyum Njanum (Vinu Thomas) – Malayalam: Ishq Kond belongs to the ‘Aye Hairathe’ school of music, with its resonant ghazal-like sound. Najim Arshad sounds so very good here. Thedunna Theeram Nee is a great listen too, again for the very-Rahman sound (that first interlude flute, in particular!!), and Amal Antony’s likeable singing!

Ranga Maliyela – Anandi Gopal (Hrishikesh Saurabh Jasraj) – Marathi: The Marathi-musical trio, Hrishikesh Saurabh Jasraj’s latest song is a sheer delight! The melody and music is reminiscent of Rahman’s body of work from films like Water and Earth, and is thoroughly endearing. Ketaki Mategaonkar and Sharayu Date are outstanding with the singing. The music video, cataloging the journey of a little girl, from her carefree days to becoming a child-bride and being left back at her place by her husband is heartbreaking, to say the least. The scenes are so real and intimate that it makes a difficult watch, to know that such practices were widely prevalent in India only a few decades ago.

Jaane De – Adiacot: Adiacot, or A Dream In A Cup Of Tea (!), comprises of EPR (Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer), Hulkyboyy (Sagnik Choudhury) and El Deepo (Soumyadeep Dasgupta). The group from Kolkata debuted last year with an abuse-laden diss on Mumbai’s gully rap scene, including massive digs at DIVINE. Their new single, Jaane De is a frenetic affair with superb percussion layer. At a time when the Mumbai gully rap is on a high with a movie about them, this is a legitimate battle brewing with this bugle call from Kolkata.

Almost – Hozier: The new single is from Hozier’s upcoming album titled ‘Wasteland, Baby!’, 4 years after his eponymous debut, if you discount the 4-track EP from last year, Nina Cried Power (2 songs from the EP are featured in the upcoming album too). Almost has Hozier’s trademark drawling vocals that’s absolutely captivating. The music, with a memorable ‘I wouldn’t know where to start’ hook, catchy clap-like rhythms and brilliant guitar makes for great listening.

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