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Single Saavn playlist of all the 51 songs below: Hindi Aashiq surrender hua, Roke na ruke and Tamma tamma again – Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya (Amaal Mallik and Tanishk Bagchi) Poori qaaynaat and Kuch parbat hilaayein – Poorna (Salim-Sulaiman) Tamil Enga pora Dora and Vaazhavudu – Dora (Vivek-Mervin) Oxygen and Theeraadha vilayaattu pillai – Kavan (Hiphop […]

Monday February 27, 2017 19:09

20 years of Yuvan Shankar Raja!

Yuvan completes 20 years producing music today! So, here is an updated version of the list I had prepared in 2010 – 30 songs this time! 30 songs that define Yuvan’s music for me. But yes, I’m increasingly disappointed with his horrendous singing, but there’s no doubt that he is continuing to produce some great […]

Sunday February 12, 2017 08:25

Hitman – February 12, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Paarai mele – Sathriyan (Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja) This composer is obsessed with singing his songs himself. He sings terribly too. You thought this is about Himesh Reshammiya? No, this is about Yuvan Shankar Raja. How else does one rationalize Yuvan singing ‘Paarai meLe thooraL poLe…’ or ‘ennai udaithavale’ […]

Sunday February 5, 2017 09:14

Hitman – February 5, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Idho thaanaagave – Adhe Kangal (Tamil – Ghibran) Take Jeff Beck. Yeah, the guitarist from Bon Jovi. Take his guitar away from him and give him a sitar. Yes, a sitar. Now, ask him to play snatches from Bon Jovi’s song ‘Blaze of Glory’. Ghibran pulls off something akin to […]

Saturday February 4, 2017 16:22

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – January 2017

Single Saavn playlist for 44 of the songs below (except the 2 Indipop songs that aren’t available on Saavn):   Hindi Mannerless Majnu, Kuch to hai and Main faraar sa – Running Shaadi.Com (Abhishek-Akshay, Anupam Roy, Anjana Ankur Singh and Sandeep Madhavan) Laila, Enu naam che Raees, Udi udi jaye, Ghammar and Zaalima – Raees […]

Sunday January 29, 2017 08:13

Hitman – January 29, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Tippa – Rangoon (Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj) Back in the 90s, Doordarshan aired an NFDC-dubbed version of Alice In Wonderland’s Japanese anime version (originally called ‘Fushigi no Kuni no Alice’). That series has a popular title song, ‘Tap tap topi topi’, composed by Vishal and written by Gulzar. In Tippa, […]

Sunday January 22, 2017 08:28

Hitman – January 22, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Kanna Katti – Kaalakkoothu (Tamil – Justin Prabhakaran) Among present-day composers who offer melodies strongly reminiscent of Ilayaraja, Vidyasagar tops the list. While others like Harikrishna (Kannada) come close in occasionally bring back the Raja nostalgia magic, it is Justin’s capability to compose songs that evoke Raja in spirit and […]

A single playlist for all the songs listed below, on Saavn: Hindi Haanikarak bapu, Dhaakad, Title song and Gilehriyaan – Dangal (Pritam) Title song and Saara zamaana – Kaabil (Rajesh Roshan) Tamil Kadhal pennae – Kadikara Manithargal (Sam C.S) Vaaraai – Bogan (D.Imman) En oruthiye – Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (C.Sathya) Azhagiya soodana poovey – Bairavaa […]

Sunday January 8, 2017 11:04

Happy birthday, Harris Jayaraj!

As much as I rip off some of the more banal recent songs of Harri Jayaraj in this blog, there’s no doubt that the man produced some fantastic music across his career. Here’s a playlist of my favorites from Harris Jayaraj, on his birthday today.

Sunday January 8, 2017 08:45

Hitman – January 8, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Irulu neelum raave – Ezra (Malayalam – Sushin Shyam) Sushin Shyam, the keyboardist of the band The Down Troddence, made an inspired composing debut last year with Kismath’s Kisa paathiyil, that Charukesi-loaded whopper of a melody. He follows that song with an equally haunting—this time, quite literally, given the film’s […]

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