Sunday January 19, 2020

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 102 – Jan.19, 2020

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 102: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
13 songs, this week. 12 on JioSaavn – is missing only the song from Dagaalty. It looks like Star Music sends their tracks very late to JioSaavn/streaming sites. YouTube has all, though I have added the full jukebox of Elay since individually, the 4 tracks I have selected aren’t available.

Dil Ne Kaha – Panga (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) – Hindi: This is the trio’s way of saying, ‘Move along kids… make way for the adults’! The song’s flow has a lovely, unusual pattern that has Shahid Mallya and Asees Kaur (and Jassie Gill himself in the reprise) taking turns singing a r-e-a-l-l-y long mukhda each! It’s also unusual that they chose ‘Dil ne kaha’ as the songs title – a phrase that doesn’t open the song (Pehle Pehal) or is not the song’s hook (Dekho dheere dheere baaton baaton mein). This is the kind of song that perk up your ears and makes you concentrate… and once you do, you get addicted!

Khulne Do – Chhapaak (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) – Hindi: The trio hand Arijit Singh a whopper of a melody that he handles with phenomenal ease and makes it his own. There is an interesting contrast between the tune and the lyrics – the former seems relatively sadder (soaring towards positivity only towards the end), while the lyrics are full of hope!

Gallan Kardi – Jawaani Jaaneman (Sukshinder Shinda/Prem & Hardeep) – Hindi/Punjabi: Sukshinder Shinda’s original (Dil Luteya) gets a spiffy new version as producer Jackky Bhagnani seems to be proving that he is better off in music curation than acting.

Kotha Kothudhu Bodhai – Dagaalty (Vijaynarain) – Tamil: Vijaynarain proves that Paaren Paaren was no flash in the pan with this follow-up in his debut as composer. The first unusual angle is that this is a duet, featuring 2 other composers – Santhosh Narayanan, Govind Vasantha! The tune itself, starting at an interesting higher pitch, remains consistently enjoyable, even as it moves into Santhosh-Narayanan style gaana midway.

Rum Pum bum – Disco Raja (Thaman S) – Telugu: What Thaman started with Nuvvu Naatho Emannavo in this soundtrack, and ignored for the next single Dilli Waala, he continues with Rum Pum bum! That’s the Raja-style sound, with a new-age twist. The opening music takes you instantly to ‘To to-do to-do to-do something…’ from Anjali, though Thaman turns things almost as soon as he indulges in that sound. That sound is only an undercurrent upon which he builds his catchy new song that brims with the Ilayaraja-swag and a smattering of R.D.Burman too.

Maadeva – Popcorn Monkey Tiger (Charan Raj) – Kannada: Even by Charan Raj’s eclectic standards, this song defies categories! Sung by Sanjith Hegde, HanuMankind and Charan Raj, the short song traverses multiple genres and sounds, and still manages to be alluring!

Arare Shuruvayitu Hege – Gentleman (B.Ajaneesh Loknath) – Kannada: The first single from the film, Nadugutide, was middling, to put it mildly. But Ajaneesh picks up his impressive form with this song! Backed by the always dependably Vijay Prakash, the song is a very, very Ajaneesh as the first interlude starts, and even plays peekaboo with A R Rahman’s Vennilave Vennilave from Minsara Kanavu in more ways than one!

Love You Chinna – Love Mocktail (Raghu Dixit) – Kannada: An oddly tepid soundtrack from the otherwise-dependable Raghu Dixit! (On that note, this seems to be the season of tepid work from otherwise-dependable composers – another example: Manikanth Kadri and his entire soundtrack for Srii Bharatha Baahubali, and the single from Sagutha Doora Doora). Love You Chinna is the only song that passes some muster, with a vaudevillian sound and melody.

Kaun Hain Hum – Prawaas (Salim-Sulaiman) – Marathi/Hindi: Well, that’s a surprise – Salim-Sulaiman, the Hindi film music duo resurface away from their singles journey into a Marathi film soundtrack! While the 3-song (with a reprise of the title song) is very listenable in the duo’s familiar style, the one song that stood out for me is this ghazal sung by Hariharan. Barring that mildly annoying piano track in the background, that seems well-intended, but is honestly incongruent, this is a lush melody with the singer is his usually fantastic form.

Elay, Nee Maatale, Tholakari & Nee Daya Radha – Elay (Staccato) – Indipop: The whole album (Elay) is a very pleasant surprise. There is classical music with a twist, there is early-Rahman-style music, there is multi-lingual music, there is phenomenal singing (by both Gowtham Bharadwaj and Niranjana Ramanan)… and there’s so much to like! My favorites start with the title song, Elay, that comes alive with Manoj Kumar’s thoughtful and poignant lyrics. The music, particularly the keyboard, harks back to early days of Rahman! Tholakari is a catchy Telugu folk-style song that has an addictive ‘Thaananna’ hook. The album’s easy highlights are the 2 classical songs that are presented with a superb modern twist. The first is Nee Daya Radha, the Vasantha Bhairavi-raaga based Thyagaraja composition. The melody is, in itself, hauntingly beautiful, but the band’s splendid music accentuates that feel significantly, along with Niranjana Ramanan’s confident singing. My favorite is the Poorvi Kalyani-raaga based javali by Pattabhiramayya, Nee Matale Maayanura. The band’s interpretation keeps the sanctity of the original intact, but layer their imagination beautifully on top, adding a wonderfully quirky edge to the already delightful melody.

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