Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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