Sunday March 1, 2020

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 108 – Mar.1, 2020

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 108: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
14 songs this week. All 14 available in the YouTube playlist, while JioSaavn is missing 3 – Amit Trivedi’s Telugu song, Manasu Maree from the film V, and 2 Malayalam songs: Sibu Sukumaran’s May Maasa Poove and Kannil, from Kappela.

Nachan Nu Jee Karda – Angrezi Medium (A.S.Burmy & K.S.Burmy/Tanishk Bagchi) – Punjabi: While Tanishk’s remix aptly catchy and foot-tapping, this is more of a visual song than aural. Radhika Madan, who was outstanding in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota with her uninhibited acting chops, unleashes all that in a single song! You simply cannot take your eyes off her in this song video 🙂

Nira – Takkar (Nivas K Prasanna) – Tamil: Nivas hits it out of the park with Nira! What starts off a somber melody gets that fantastic lilt at 1:20 and builds on progressively and steadily! There’s so much to observe and like, here: Sid Sriram’s lead vocals, Gautham Vasudev Menon (the man is suddenly everywhere and not as a director! As actor/villain in Trance and Kannum Kannum KoLLaiyaditthaal; and as rapper here!), and Malvi Sundaresan’s part later in the song! Finally, when Sid and Malvi’s voices alternate, it’s a lovely way to end the song.

Pesatha Mozhiye – Kombu Vatcha Singamda (Dhibhu Ninan Thomas) – Tamil: Despite good enough music in films like Maragadha Naanayam and Kanaa, I wondered what happened to Dhibu. Good to see him back! And it is even better to hear a song that deftly uses Hindolam Saramathi raagam in the melody. Knowing he has a really effective tune, he gets Chinmayi and Harisankar to do the honors, so appropriately.

Nanbiye – Teddy (D.Imman) – Tamil: A stunning tune that Imman layers so well with the background chorus complementing Anirudh’s lead vocals. That Imman chose 2 different tunes for the anupallavi and charanam, and that both sound so incredibly nuanced says so much about his imagination! A special note for Madhan Karky’s magnificently pure Tamil poetry, right from the use of the female form for friend!

Sirikkalam Parakkalam – Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal (Masala Coffee) – Tamil: Despite having an 8-song soundtrack shared equally between Masala Coffee and Harshawardhan Rameshwar, this is a surprisingly underwhelming soundtrack. The only song that actually stands out is the one by Masala Coffee, sung by Benny Dayal, with rap by Madurai Souljour. It’s an easy-on-the-ear catchy and funky sound.

Aayizhai – Shabir (Indipop/Tamil): Amidst the pulsating music and the lofty main melody, Shabir manages to add the “Azhagiya Rathiye’ phrase that seems straight out of Reetigowlai raaga! That this song has shades of Shabir’s own title song of the Singapore Tamil TV series, Kalaba Kadhala, could be the reason, though. It’s just that Shabir seems to be singing with his mouth half-open, the way he sounds 🙂

Manasu Maree – V (Amit Trivedi) – Telugu: That’s a surprise – Amit’s 2nd Telugu film after Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (if you park the now-parked That Is Mahalakshmi which is a multilingual!). The song is very, very-Amit! He sings it himself too, along with Shashaa Tirupati. Very catchy, in a typically Amit way.

Kannil Kaanum – Rajath Raveendran (Indipop/Malayalam): For a non-film song, this was surprisingly so very good! Rajath has a lovely melody to anchor his tune, and the choices he makes within that, including that “Niryayaathor aasathanna prana naayike” twist that he employs, makes the song all the more interesting. The background rhythm in the anupallavi too deserves a mention. And yes, Harisankar is super effective once more!

May Maasa Poove – Sibu Sukumaran (Indipop/Malayalam): This song has the sweep of a Shaan Rahman song… almost. The jaunty and catchy rhythm perhaps takes a huge chunk of why this song is likeable, besides Najim Arshad and Anagha Suresh singing.

Thenezhuthave – Varky (Sumesh Somasundar) – Malayalam: This is the 3rd song sung by Harisankar (along with Sreenanda) and he seems to be in stupendous form yet again! Sumesh’s melody reminded me of Abhogi raaga. It’s wonderfully lush and beautifully orchestrated.

Kannil – Kappela (Sushin Shyam) – Malayalam: Sushin mounts his charming melody on that lovely whistle-led hook (by Sushin himself) and that works beautifully. The singing, by Sooraj Santhosh and Swetha Mohan, and the background sounds, using mandolin, ukelele and acoustic guitar, make it all the more exciting.

Psychedelic Maaye – Popcorn Monkey Tiger (Charan Raj) – Kannada: True to the song’s title, the song is adequately psychedelic, and Sanjith Hegde’s singing adds to that feel too! The hip-hop sound paves way for Rahul Dit-O’s rap too seamlessly.

The Other Side – SZA, Justin Timberlake: Superbly funky and totally in line with Justin’s signature sound. Justin sings alongside SZA (who sang on Black Panther’s All the Stars) and the retro rhythm keeps it darn catchy.

Stupid Love – Lady Gaga: A brand new single from Lady Gaga! And this is her first collaboration with Swedish super-producer Max Martin. It’s brilliantly frothy and addictive, with that punchy kick drum staying on your mind long after the song is over.

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