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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 […]

Sunday November 20, 2016 07:17

Hitman – November 19, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Nee uravaaga – Paambhu Sattai (Tamil – Ajesh) Ajesh Ashok was the toast of Tamil Nadu in 2009 when he won the Airtel Super Singer singing competition. Though he has sung many songs since then, and composed a private album, he makes his film composing debut with Paambhu Sattai and […]

Sunday November 13, 2016 08:14

Hitman – November 12, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Kadavule vidai – Rum (Tamil – Anirudh) While Rum has a globe-trotting mix of genres (including hiphop and reggaeton!), the most interesting and addictive song of the soundtrack happens to be Kadavule vidai. The song aims for a broadly pleasing, inspirational sound like Michael Jackson’s Heal the world, and even […]

Sunday November 6, 2016 07:37

Hitman – November 5, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Ae dil hai mushkil – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Hindi – Pritam) When you listen to the title song of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, you easily sense the kind of grandeur and scale Pritam wanted it to be in right at the beginning when the splendidly arranged strings accompany ‘Tu […]

Tuesday November 1, 2016 12:20

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – October 2016

Trying this new: listen to (almost) all the songs from this list via Saavn in one playlist Note: This playlist does not include songs from Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings (Tamil), Aanandam, Team 5 and Thoppil Joppan (Malayalam) since they are not available on Saavn yet. Hindi Darkhaast – Shivaay (Mithoon) Teri fariyad and Dil […]

Sunday October 23, 2016 08:04

Hitman – October 22, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Andha pulla manasa – Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (Tamil – D.Imman) That mouthful of a title has gorgeous music by Imman, who seems to be channeling his inner Ilayaraja to fantastic effect all across the soundtrack. The raaga mix is heady – sounds of Simmendramadhyamam and Gowrimanohari seem more pronounced, even as […]

Saturday October 15, 2016 17:53

Hitman – October 15, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Chil chinchilamai – Thoppil Joppan (Malayalam – Vidyasagar) It would be massively unfair to refer to Vidyasagar as someone who apes Ilayaraja really well, more because the man is so talented without that reference, and less so because there are others like Imman who have imbibed that quality so beautifully […]

Sunday October 9, 2016 07:58

Hitman – October 8, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Bholay bhalay – Coke Studio Pakistan, Season 9 (Singer: Meesha Shafi. Composed by Shani Arshad) Shani Arshad’s vocoder sampled voice opens the song and that prelude is hardly representative of what follows! What does follow can only be described as OP Nayyar-meets-reggae, with sitar (Shehroze Hussain) thrown in for good […]

Hindi Tujhse hi hai roshni – Pink (Anupam Roy) Besabriyaan, Jab tak and Kaun tujhe – M.S.Dhoni – The Untold Story (Amaal Mallik) Teen gawah, Chakora, Aave re hitchki, Hota hai, Ek nadi thi, Doli re doli and Kaaga – Mirzya (Shankar Ehsaan Loy) Udja re, Tere mere dil, Ishq mastana and Hio kiw – […]

Sunday October 2, 2016 08:32

Hitman – October 1, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Kannamma – Rekka (Tamil – D.Imman) Imman has been on a prolific run as far as soundtracks go, though each of his new soundtracks have just one or two decent tracks, filling the rest with middling, familiar material. This year, he does that with Rekka and Kannamma is the soundtrack’s […]

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