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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 […]

Originally published in The Hindu. Given that this is for the January 1 edition of The Hindu, I wanted to avoid the conventional bit of listing 5 songs (which I intend to start from the January 8th edition), that too from 2016, on the first day of 2017. So, given my composer-centric writing, I decided […]

Sunday December 18, 2016 08:37

Hitman – December 17, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Maatrangal ondre thaan – Kootathil Oruthan (Tamil – Nivas K Prasanna) Given how iconic, familiar and well-known Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 song Don’t Worry, Be Happy (the first a cappella song to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; the song’s title is from a famous quotation by Indian mystic […]

Friday December 16, 2016 21:54

Milliblog Annual Music round-up 2016

The 9th annual, multi-lingual round-up on Milliblog. Related read: Milliblog’s Three Laws of Music Appreciation Multiverse An edited version of this list appears in The Hindu, December 25, 2016. That version also includes a pan-Indian 25-song list. The Saavn playlist for that 25 song list (excluding 2 songs that are not available on Saavn – […]

Sunday December 11, 2016 07:50

Hitman – December 10, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Rainbows in the sky – Sheesh Mahal (Telugu – Vivek Sagar) Sheesh Mahal could hardly be called a Telugu soundtrack, given it has 4 Hindi songs, a Tamil song, an English song and just one Telugu song! Fresh from his Pelli Choopulu success, composer Vivek Sagar concocts an interestingly diverse […]

Sunday December 4, 2016 07:48

Hitman – December 3, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Yaenadi – Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (Tamil – D.Imman) Imman. Ilayaraja. Yes, that. Again! The composer takes his Raja’ish melody style a step further in Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay’s Yaenadi, and layers it with what is now easily associated as his signature-style – busy and delightfully engaging orchestration that peaks especially well during the […]

Saturday December 3, 2016 17:12

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – November 2016

A single playlist of all these songs, courtesy Saavn: (This playlist does not include songs from Sheesh Mahal and Jomonte Suviseshangal) Hindi Ishaara – Force 2 (Amaal Mallik) Mehram and Lamhon ke rasgulle – Kahaani 2 (Clinton Cerejo) Tu hi hai, Taareefon se and Aye Zindagi (Arijit Singh version) – Dear Zindagi (Amit Trivedi and […]

Saturday November 26, 2016 20:52

Hitman – November 26, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Kannadikkala – Maaveeran Kittu (Tamil – D.Imman) Imman’s clever and highly proficient appropriation of Ilayaraja continues in Maaveeran Kittu’s best song, Kannadikkala. The composer has a lovely device to add beauty to the core melody that is already incredibly sweet – he has his singers, Pooja Vaidyanath and Jithin Raj […]

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