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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 […]

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 […]

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