Tuesday June 4, 2019

Top 10 Telugu songs of May 2019

See the list and listen to the songs on Filmcompanion.

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Top 10 Tamil songs of May 2019

See the list and listen to the songs on Filmcompanion.

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Top 10 Hindi songs of May 2019

See the list and listen to the songs on Filmcompanion.

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 75: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
14 songs this week. YouTube has all of them, while JioSaavn is missing just one – the Odi Odi song by Masala Coffee. Have embedded it below, just in case.

Kudiye Ni – Aparshakti Khurana (Punjabi): A very pleasant, lilting Punjabi wedding-style number. Good to see the other Khurana (with only one ‘n’) shine in a domain his brother first did well in (singing/composing). The ‘Kudiye ni’ drawl reminded me, for some reason, of A.R.Rahman’s Swasame, from Tenali.

Odi Odi – Kimaya (Masala Coffee) – Tamil: A scintillating Tamil song from Masala Coffee’s upcoming album, Kimaya. The way the song builds up is superb, starting with the simple percussion and then layering in the guitar… leading to a pulsating, anthemic ending!

Usure – Sivappu Manjal Pachai (Siddhu Kumar) – Tamil: Siddhu continues the deliver on the promise with reasonably likeable songs. This one has an almost-soporific melody that is soft and serene. Accentuating that feel is Sudharshan Ashok’s singing.

Otha Parvayil & Orasatha Di – Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 (V. Selvaganesh) – Tamil: I didn’t like the first single, Thiruvizha, but I am glad that the makers of the sequel, despite a different director, chose the same music composer! Also, there’s another song called ‘Kabadi Kabadi’, again sung by Shankar Mahadevan, that pales in comparison with the earlier song. Thankfully, Selvaganesh lives up to the first in at least 2 songs. Otha Parvayil, even though the pallavi seems simple enough, has a much more interesting anupallavi, excellently handled by Haricharan. Orasatha Di too is an effortless winner, with its pleasant melody… kinda like the equivalent of Lesa Parakkuthu.

Ganesha – Rajabheema (Simon.K.King) – Tamil: After an impressive Kolaigaran, Simon creates a really interesting mix here! He takes the tune of the Tamil folk tune of ‘Onnam Padi Eduthu’, made popular by Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, and layers a Soul-style choir on top of it! The resultant combination is intriguingly interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Brilliant singing by Chinnaponnu and Gowry Lekshmi.

Yaarovai – Angelina (D.Imman) – Tamil: 2 things lift the song to a new plane. One is Ashwin Sharma’s singing! He sounds like a thinner (voice-wise, not weight-wise) version of Shankar Mahadevan. And then the tune, that takes on beautifully with a haunting chorus (Ya-Ro-Vai). That’s brilliant creativity by Imman!

Aila Re – Malaal (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) – Hindi: Sanjay returns to his Tatad Tatad template to produce a dance-floor scorcher. Vishal Dadlani’s punchy singing helps too, even as the tune twist in the antara (going ‘re re re’) is a neat touch!

Arerey Manasa – Falaknuma Das (Vivek Sagar) – Telugu: Vivek gets Sid Sriram to sing (at least the pallavi) in a pitch much lower than his usual and the most-wanted singer does well. The song’s ‘Arere Manasa’ hook frees the tune from its lugubrious flow and makes it worthwhile!

Hey Yela (Sad Version) – Hippi (Nivas K Prasanna) – Telugu: Nivas originally scored this tune as an ebullient and frothy song. But, incredibly, the sad version easily tops that, thanks mainly to Chinmayi’s wonderfully affecting vocals.

Vagalaadi – Brochevarevaru Ra (Vivek Sagar) – Telugu: Vivek is clearly overindulging in his bluegrassy tunes. It holds steam in this song given how many zany turns it takes unexpectedly, thankfully.

Varshinchana – 7 (Chaitan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: Chaitan is going from strength to strength in this soundtrack! This one too, with its seductive start and that ‘Kadiley Kshanama’ hook soars with its the electronic sounds!

Aganaga – 18am Padi (A.H.Kaashif) – Malayalam: A R Rahman’s newphew, who debuted with the Tamil film Kaatrin Mozhi, has a highly listenable track that beautifully thrums with a steady rhythm and energetic tune. Haricharan, and the chorus (that offers the Aganaga hook) are both in great form.

Khali Khali – Amar (Arjun Janya) – Kannada: The film released 2 days ago and has been universally panned, including diplomatically blaming the director for the mess and not ‘handling’ the star song properly. And just before the release, they launch another song! Arjun’s music delivers, at least, if not the hero or the director. Khali Khali has a very nice, breezy rhythm and expectedly great vocals by Vijay Prakash.

The final post in my Carbon Copy series for Filmcompanion.

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 74: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
16 songs this week. JioSaavn has 15 and is missing Raakaachi Rangamma from Sivappu Manjal Pachai (surprising since Think Music is very prompt in sharing new music with streaming platforms!). YouTube is a bit of a mess (has 13 songs) since a few songs are inside jukeboxes.

Bekhayali – Kabir Singh (Sachet-Parampara) – Hindi: A great start to the Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. The song has the sweeping, grungy outlook of the original, with a distinctly Bollywood vibe. Sachet Tandon’s singing is a large part of that effect.

Matvaare – India’s Most Wanted (Amit Trivedi): Surprisingly, India’s Most Wanted isn’t something you can say about Amit’s music in the film. The soundtrack has been strangely tepid so far. Even Matvaare has a rhythm that is instantly recognizable as Amit’s, but thankfully, he has a lovely tune and fantastic singers (Jubin Nautiyal and Sanah Moidutty) to bring it to life.

Tere Do Naina – Gourov-Roshin (Hindi): Composing duo Gourov-Roshin have a new 3-song album called Naina. I wasn’t that impressed with Kitthe Jave or Jindri, but the duo get Tere Do Naina very right. Sung by Ankit Tiwari, the song is a haunting melody that could fit right into a Mohit Suri film. Kookie Gulati-directed video too is a good watch, featuring Aparshakti Khurrana!

Kulirudha Pulla – Oththa Seruppu (Santhosh Narayanan) – Tamil: Santhosh’s melody is deeply affecting and even borders on the ominous, particularly the lines in the saranam: “Pagala Paakkaadha Koondhal” and “Kazhuthu Kotoram Yeri”. Sid Sriram’s singing sells most of the emotion, superbly complemented by Sangeetha Karuppiah.

Raakaachi Rangamma – Sivappu Manjal Pachai (Siddhu Kumar) – Tamil: Siddhu’s 2nd song is considerably more inventive than the first. Anitha Karthikeyan’s faux-twang leads the song’s charm. Mohan Rajan’s hilarious lyrics are definitely worth a special mention; I burst out laughing at, “Ranveer-um Ranbir-um mix aaki ketkuraan, ivanoda akka enna Deepika Padukona?”

Kaathellam, Desaandhiri, Manamengum Maaya Oonjal, Theevira Vyaadhi, Venpura, Aasai Mugam & Ullam Uruguthaiyaa – Gypsy (Santhosh Narayanan) – Tamil: Milliblog music review of the soundtrack.

Jeevakilli Jeevabete – D/O Parvathamma (Midhun Mukundan) – Kannada: Pineapple Express’s lead vocalist Karthik Chennoji Rao powers the song and how! The song has an edgy vibe and Midhun’s sound is brilliantly produced to add an enveloping effect over it.

Enthoram & Omanathinkal – Children’s Park (Arun Raj) – Malayalam: Arun Raj of Ningal Camara Nireekshanathilaanu and Oru Pazhaya Bomb Katha fame gets the 2 songs so far in the film very, very right! Enthoram has a lovely Raja’ish feel, particularly in the anupallavi, handled fantastically by Najim Arshad. Omanathinkal starts off deceptively with Mridula Warrier’s soft lullaby, but then the babies wake up and the song picks up a lilting pace! Karthik then takes over with the song efficiently with brilliant support by Francis Xavier’s violin.

Meene Chembulli Meene – Thottappan (Leela L Girish Kuttan) – Malayalam: Girish follows up last week’s Pranthan Kandalin with another excellent song in the film. This one’s Nikhil Mathew’s show, with good support by Josy John’s guitar. The tune takes on fairly unusual turns (particularly in the anupallavi) and that adds to the song’s appeal.

Pradeep Kumar gets out of his comfort zone of soaring, beautiful melodies and delivers (along with Santhosh himself) a searing anti-establishment anthem in Very Very Bad. It’s just that Santhosh’s tune is perfunctory at the service of Yugabarathi’s angry lines. Musically though, the mixing of Karthick Devaraj’s jazz piano and Ganapathi’s dholak makes for a fascinating combination. Kaathellam is in Pradeep’s familiar territory and the man gets it so beautifully right! With a thrumming percussion and wonderfully dulcet sounds, Santhosh’s tune easily helps us imagine the moonlit night of Yugabarathi’s thoughtful verses.

Even as actor Siddharth is credited for Desaandhiri, I hear more of Santhosh, who is credited alongside. It’s an enchanting tune nevertheless, with a rousing Morricone-style sound, particularly with Telfie’s guitar! Manamengum Maaya Oonjal is the soundtrack’s best, easily. The trio of Ananthu, Dhee and Haricharan hold together Santhosh’s enthralling musical package that harks back to Manasula soora kaathey, from Rajumurugan’s debut, also with Santhosh’s stellar music. The melody here is similarly lush and incredibly layered. The nuances make the song infinitely more enjoyable – like the Hindustani interludes and the different tunes for saranam 1 and 2, but both being so, so good! And it ends with a lovely, harmonious almost-qawali style.

Arivu writes and sings (along with oFRO) the blistering Theevira Vyaadhi, a punchy and virulent rap that calls hate as a disease in a superbly abrasive way. Naveen’s synth bass adds to the mood of the song perfectly. And then there is Venpura, featuring… surprise!… T.M.Krishna! It’s a sprawling anthem of sorts, with what seemed like a delightful mix of Maand raaga and rock music, lyrically hammering on belief in humanism as the purest form of faith. With an assortment of speeches (including Abdul Kalam, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’) and music that constantly rouses, Krishna holds sway, with an equally impactful chorus.

The bonus songs by Susheela Raman, not featured in the main soundtrack (music label conflict?) tell a story on their own too! Bharathiyar’s Aasai Mugam gets a radically unique, and mystical, reinterpretation that makes the other simple and familiar version sound tame, in comparison! This is Susheela’s zone all the way, and with especially alluring use of Manos Achalinotopoulos II’s clarinet, and KV Balu and Saravanan Agoram on percussion. The other song by Susheela is a recreation of T.M (the other T.M. in this soundtrack!) Soundararajan’s iconic Ullam Urugathayya (one of the most soulful songs on Lord Murugan, written by Tamil female poet, Maragathavalli aka Maragathamma aka Aandavan Pichai). Musically, it treads the same tune as the original, with a lovely nadaswaram phrase by Hemanathan Balu, but the interpretation goes awry only because of Susheela’s bizarre accent (that was not so pronounced in Aasai Mugam!). But together, these 2 songs add a dramatically new vibrancy to the soundtrack, on top of Santhosh’s already fantastic work.

Cuckoo, with Santhosh Narayanan, Joker, with Sean Roldan and now Gypsy with Santhosh again – Raju Murugan’s sense of music is a beauty to behold! Santhosh Narayanan understands the demand from his director and delivers a musical wallop!

Listen to Santhosh Narayanan’s 6 songs on YouTube:

Listen to Susheela Raman’s 2 songs on JioSaavn.

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Saturday May 18, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – MAY19.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 73: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
17 songs this week, and after a really long time, all 17 are present in both the playlists! I have embedded the folk version of Ambersar De Papad by Dolly Guleria for comparison, below (while the new song is on both playlists).

Turpeya – Bharat (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: In the style of ‘Tu Hi Re’ (Dil Se), with a similar hypnotic melody. The composing duo layer a fantastic, punchy rhythm and snazzy EDM to go with it and Sukhwinder Singh owns it like he usually does.

Ambersar De Papad – Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh (Jatinder Shah) – Punjabi: Jatinder Shah takes the popular Punjabi folk song made popular by Dolly Guleria and makes it a catchy pop song. He has excellent help from the film’s leading man + singer Gippy Grewal, and particularly Sunidhi Chauhan!

Pularaadha – Dear Comrade (Justin Prabhakaran) – Tamil: Close on the heels of Monster’s Andhimaalai Neram comes another Justin-Sid combo! Considering this was the song featured in the teaser, contrastingly playing over an ultra violent scene (that did end in a passionate kiss), this may have been the first song by the combo, I assume.

There’s a certain sense of serenity when the song starts… it fits perfectly with Karthik Netha’s delightfully clear and rich Tamil lines (who also wrote Andhimaalai Neram, btw!). “Pularaadha kaalai thanile, nilavodu pesum mazhayil” is incredibly rich imagination, expanding on early morning that hasn’t seen light yet, with a rain that speaks to the still-on-the-sky moon! And the creativity in ‘Nanayaadha nizhalai pole yengum kaadhal’, signifying the early tentativeness of love like the shadow that hasn’t got wet in the rain yet! This is brilliant stuff. Justin’s music is incredibly apt, and Sid’s singing just takes it to a newer plane!

The other interesting connect between Pularaadha and Andhimaalai Neram (besides Justin Prabhakaran, Sid Sriram and Karthik Netha): while the former connects early morning with the moon, the latter connects late evening with the moon (though you could argue that in the latter, Karthik is referring to the lover as ‘nila’ and not the literal moon) 🙂

Karadu Moradu Poove (Joyful Version) – Bakrid (D.Imman) – Tamil: After the Sid Sriram-sung Aalankuruvigalaa, I really wanted to like Lorry Lucky Lorry, with its Iktara-backdrop used in a bluegrass-style, but the tune hardly worked for me. Karadu Moradu Poove, however, fares much better. The sarangi-prelude and the song’s melody accentuated by Narayanan Ravishankar work well in tandem. When Narayanan lands the ‘Tarararum’ hook, the song takes off wonderfully. The song’s other version (called ‘sober’) has excellent singing by Punya Selva, but the tune doesn’t sound that nice in the sober variant.

Avizhaai – Madras Gig Season 2 (Darbuka Siva) – Tamil: Mr.X-fame Darbuka Siva produces a smashingly funky song featuring Sanjana Kalmanje’s groovy singing. The true hero of the song, however, is Madhan Karky’s verse that feature very good Tamil. “Aadai Thurandhum Ingu Nirvaanam Illai. Mei Neengiyum Ingu MaraNam Illai”.

Oru Naal – Angelina (D.Imman) – Tamil: Imman’s tune is typically his template but what works in his favor is the current ruler of playback in the South, Sid Sriram’s singing. Sid breathes life into what could be a good-enough song in another singer’s voice and owns the song completely. Imman does help too, with the catchy instrumental hook.

Un Kadhalai – Penin Velai 999 Mattume (Judah Sandhy) – Tamil: After ABCD (Telugu), Kannada composer Judah makes his Tamil debut too, in a short span! The song is not on the level of his Kannada/Telugu music, but does have spunk. I look forward to more songs from the oddly titled film’s soundtrack. Special mention to Lahari Tamil for not listing the singer names in the YouTube upload, and not sharing the song with streaming platforms (they did only last week, across Gaana, Wynk, Saavn etc.) despite having added the song on YouTube in February.

Mailaanjiye – Sivappu Manjal Pachai (Siddhu Kumar) – Tamil: Debutant Siddhu has a more-than-serviceable melody here. It sounds a bit like Imman’s style when the Mailaanjiye hook appears, and that’s a compliment.

Yevathive & Hey Yela – Hippi (Nivas K Prasanna) – Telugu: Nivas’s Telugu debut song is nice to listen but not particularly different or inventive. Steve Vatz’s guitar and the calypso’ish sound keep it lively and likeable. Hey Yela falls on the same zone too – very breezy, without sounding different or new. Sathya Prakash carries it along with Keba’s guitar.

Koyilamma – Sita (Anup Rubens) – Telugu: Koyilamma’s sound is very reminiscent of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s dholak music that even Tamil composer Bharadwaj used to great effect in Roja Koottam’s Apple Penne Neeyaaro. It’s catchy and very easy on the ears, thanks also to Armaan Malik’s singing.

Theeru Maaruthondhe – 28°C (Shravan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: A surprisingly Yuvan-style composition from Shravan, largely due to the ear-worm’y celtic musical base. The pitch change towards the end is also a neat twist!

Parayuvan – Ishq (Jakes Bejoy) – Malayalam: Sid Sriram’s Malayalam debut? Very well sung by Neha S Nair too. And Jakes back in Malayalam. Very pleasant (albeit a bit too predictable) tune, and the backgrounds are even better.

Pranthan Kandal – Thottappan (Leela L Girish Kuttan) – Malayalam: After last month’s Athippoovin from Oronnonnara Pranayakadha, composer Leela L Girish Kuttan strikes again! The immersive melody is a beautiful musical conversation between Pradeep Kumar and Sithara Krishnakumar, with Nathan’s clarinet interfering to stupendous effect! Keba’s guitar backdrop is perfect too! Lovely music!

Udalodu Uyirupol – Oronnonnara Pranayakadha (Anand Madhusoodanan) – Malayalam: Composer Anand Madhusoodanan follows up his Malabari Penne with another very listenable song from Oronnonnara Pranayakadha! The tune and packaging reminded me of Mudhal Kanave from Harris Jayaraj’s Majnu, including the 2nd interlude that also seemed reminiscent of the ‘sololeyo’ 2nd intelrude chorus in the older song.

Joru Paattu – Amar (Arjun Janya) – Kodava: A Kodava dance song! That’s a wonderfully welcome thing. And they get a Malayalee (Jassie Gift) to sing the song… even better! Catchy song that delivers on the simple promise. The video promises to be a multi-starrer!

Rescue Me – OneRepublic: A brand new single from the band that produces earworms with alarming consistency. This upbeat song is no exception. Plus that video, featuring Cody Bingham of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors! Truly cinema-style, using dance and superpowers to face-off with bullies – hugely imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable!

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