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Milliblog Weeklies – MAR24.2019

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 65: On JioSaavn | On YouTube 
28 songs, this week too, like last week – incredibly loaded playlist! YouTube has 25, which is not bad at all! JioSaavn has 27 and is missing just one song – the Malayalam song from Neermathalam Poothakalam.

First Class & Ghar More Pardesiya – Kalank (Pritam) – Hindi: First Class is Pritam unleashing his South Indian style masala much like how he did in R… Rajkumar (or Rambo Rajkumar). Arijit handles the vocals confidently, and Neeti’s entry too is full dhinchak, but despite the effortless catchiness of the song, it is surprising to listen to this familiar a package in such a huge project! In Ghar More Pardesiya, Pritam literally enters Sanjay Leela Bhansali territory! In Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade-Bhaisane’s spirited singing, he has a lovely semi-classical winner that is both lively and highly melodious.

Reppa Kuda Veyaniva & Idi Chakkani Vela – Evvarikee Cheppoddu (Sankar Sharma) – Telugu: Shankar Sharma of Malayalam films like Avarude Ravukal and Darvinte Parinamam makes his surprise Telugu debut! Reppa Kuda Veyaniva works on the back of Divya S. Menon singing and the lovely bluegrass’y sound Shankar assembles. Idi Chakkani Vela is an interesting affair. The singing by Sanoop Kalarikkal and Anju Joseph is a bit inconsistent, but the tune has spunk and traverses really interesting phases with a lovely thavil backdrop! Good debut by Shankar, in Telugu.

Tikamaka Makatika – Arjun Suravaram (Sam C.S.) – Telugu: Sam’s Telugu debut is on a good sprint. After last week’s Kanne Kanne, his 2nd single from the film is quirky, with a hugely catchy Tikamaka hook that leads the rest of the song’s flow extensively, amidst punchy music that’s almost Sam’s trademark.

Parugu Parugu – Chitralahari (Devi Sri Prasad) – Telugu: This is DSP’s home-stretch! A simple and sedate tune, orchestrated with a superbly punchy rhythm! David Simon handles the singing darn well!

Dasu Bindasu – Falaknuma Das (Vivek Sagar) – Telugu: Vivek’s new single from the film is a fantastic throwback to the Chandrababu style music of the 60s. The retro feel is beautifully layered in both the tune and also the delightfully vibrant backgrounds.

Yedetthu Mallele & Ye Manishike Majiliyo – Majili (Gopi Sundar) – Telugu: Yedetthu Mallele could easily be the ultimate ode to Rahman’s Rasathi! The feel and sound are very similar, and the sparse, lovely tune too alludes to the Thiruda Thiruda classic. Kaala Bhairava and Nikhita Gandhi are stupendously good with the singing. Ye Manishike Majiliyo is straight out of Gopi’s Malayalam repertoire and the spritely melody truly takes off when Chinmayi’s portion starts!

All 5 songs – Vinara Sodara Veera Kumara (Shravan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: Milliblog music review.

Palke, Kurangu Paattu & Hey Man Maze – College Diary (Daniel-Suhith-Smith, Revaa) – Marathi: This film’s soundtrack is quite the conundrum, in so many ways. One, the soundtrack has been released by Ultra Marathi in January and later by iDreamz Filmcraft (that has also been releasing the singles, more recently!). Secondly, this Marathi film has songs in Hindi, Tamil, English, Sanskrit and Marathi! Third, one of the composers in the film is Revaa. Revaa has composed 2 songs – a Tamil song and a Marathi song. Now, there’s a Marathi singer-composer names Revaa Tejare, but this Revaa is different! She happens to be a Tamil/Kerala person, and is the grand daughter of renowned mridangam player, Palakkad Seshamani, who had earlier composed for Mangalyam Thanthunanena in Malayalam! She also has no knowledge of Marathi, and yet composed a Marathi song for the film! Fourth, the film has a song by a trio – Daniel, Suhith, Smith; another trio in Marathi, after Hrishikesh-Saurabh-Jasraj!

Daniel, Suhith, Smith’s Palke is a lovely listen! Simple, uncluttered sound and melody, beautifully sung by Shaan and Aanandi Joshi. The soundtrack’s highlight is Revaa, though. Her Tamil song, Kurangu Paattu is almost a bluegrass song, but with the sensibilities of Tamil music! Benny Dayal is impeccable in his singing, as usual! Her other song, Hey Man Maze, is a lot more conventional, but still highly listenable, with its catchy rhythm, and superb singing by Shalmali. The song’s structure and sound did remind me of Rahman’s Thakshak number, Boondon Se Baatein.

Vennilavin Thaliralle – Neermathalam Poothakalam (Sheron Roy Gomez) – Malayalam: How many composers are working on this one film? After the first single by Sangeeth Vijayan (Anivaga Poothoren) and the 2nd single by Nahoom Abraham (Chenthamara Poovin), here’s the 3rd single with a 3rd composer – Sheron Roy Gomez. The tune sounded like Reetigowlai raaga to me and that perhaps explains my instant liking for it! The song’s veena, konnakol, violin and veena mix keeps the feel beautifully semi-classical.

Gas Balloon – Vinci Da (Anupam Roy) – Bengali: This is Anupam Roy zone all the way. Breezy melody that he sings himself. You let the song play fully once, and then play it all over again almost instantly. The film’s title is quite something – almost like a Tamilian is being all proud about Leonardo Da Vinci – ‘Vinci Da’. But, given the ‘da’ it also works as a Bengali title 🙂

Baduku Jataka Bandi, Yenda Yedathi & Ninna Premada Pariya – Padde Huli (Ajaneesh Loknath) – Kannada: Milliblog music review of the soundtrack.

Anisuthidhe – 99 (Arjun Janya) – Kannada: This sounds like the possible equivalent of Kaathale Kaathale, given the focus on one night, the chorus and the pathos in the tune. But this one’s a duet, featuring Sanjith Hegde and Shreya Ghoshal, interestingly. Nice melody with a tinge of sadness, much like the other songs so far.

Samshaya – Kavaludaari (Charanraj MR) – Kannada: This is almost like the Charanraj version of the Poirot theme! The cues for both are built around mystery and this one treads the Bond theme zone as well. Aditi Sagar’s singing is stylishly on top of the tune!

Kelabyada, Mullu, Puksatte Life & Agalla Anbeda – Vasu Dixit (Vasu Dixit) – Kannada Pop: Vasu Dixit finally collects all his singles that he has been singing all over the place into one eponymous album! Much of the album is familiar Vasu Dixit material and these four songs stood out for me for the sheer variety they bring beyond his trademark sound.

Kelabyada is a song about the plight of a person from North Karnataka who feels trapped in an urban life style in Bengaluru. The brass section of the song, in particular, and the unusual twang in the tune makes it really interesting.

Purandara Dasa-inspired Mullu has a fantastic Middle Eastern tune akin to his brother Raghu Dixit’s Kodagana Koli Nungita from Jag Changa. I’m assuming the connecting thread is Vakulabharanam raaga.

Puksatte Life is the most whimsical of all the songs in the album, with an equally whimsical music video to boot! The song is one heck of a trippy experience! Agalla Anbeda is the funkiest song of the album, with a flamboyant Latino sound for the Kannada lyrics.

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