Week 5 of Carbon Copy. Read the full post on Filmcompanion.

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Top 10 Tamil Songs Of August 2018

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Monday September 3, 2018

Top 10 Hindi Songs Of August 2018

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Sunday September 2, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – SEP02.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 39:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
21 songs, this week. YouTube has 20 of them – it’s missing the 2nd song from the Kannada film, Fourtuner (Kaiya Chivuti Omme). Saavn is next, with 19 songs – it’s missing III Smoking Barrels’s Yeh Tishnagi and the song from Coke Studio. Apple Music has only 17 of the 21 songs.

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Chaav Laaga (Sui Dhaaga, Hindi): Everything just works in harmony in this song! Right from Anu Malik’s wonderfully immersive melody, Varun Grover’s delightful verse and the singing by Papon and Ronkini Gupta. The picturization too is compelling!

Chalte Chalte & Kamariya (Mitron, Hindi): There’s no telling which song Tanishk Bagchi will remix next! Here, he touches a classic and his interpretation, aided generously by Atif Aslam, is not bad at all, if we let go of the initial apprehension of, ‘Eeeeeks, what is he up to?!’. And have DJ Chetas, Lijo George and Darshan Raval decided to monopolize 2018’s filmi dandiya scene? After Chogada from Loveratri, here is the same trio’s Kamariya! It isn’t as good as Chogada, but does have its own charm!

Yeh Tishnagi (III Smoking Barrels, Hindi): Papon composes and sings this one in his inimitable style. The rock sound goes brilliantly with his vocals and the team scores darn well too: Jinti on guitar, Munu on the keyboards and Tanmay on the drums.

Tera Hua (Loveratri, Hindi): After last week’s Akh Lad Jaye, Tanishk Bagchi strikes again! This time he has Atif Aslam for company, and the soft melody with a zingy electronic base is a neat listen.

Neethane En Thoovanam (Lisaa, Tamil): Lovely melody by Santhosh Dhayanidhi! Particularly well sung by Swagatha S Krishnan!

Mazhai (Kaalidas, Tamil): A film song by Sudha Ragunathan deserves a listen! This one, by Vishal Chandrasekhar, gives her a fantastic semi-classical melody befitting her range and experience. Vishal’s electronic sounds in the background add to the luster.

Vaayadi Petha Pulla, Oonjala Oonjala & Title song (Kanaa, Tamil): Soundtrack review here: http://bit.ly/2wojghH

Kangalin Oramai (July Kaatril, Tamil): Joshua Sridhar returns, after a decent score in the recent Oru Kuppai Kathai. Familiar-enough tune, but the music shines, as also Suzanne D’Mello’s singing.

Kambathu Ponnu (Sandakozhi 2, Tamil): Add this song to the list of songs which have excellent tunes but could do without the composer singing it himself. The melody is vintage Yuvan – very likeable, with a superb rhythm to go with it. It’s his singing that jars… severely.

Oo Deva & Kaiya Chivuti Omme (Fourtuner, Kannada): I haven’t been that impressed with Poornachandra Tejaswi’s body of work yet, but these 2 songs I do like. Oo Deva rides on current blue-eyed boy Sanjith Hegde’s effortless charm, while Shreya Ghoshal is the life of the engaging waltz’y melody in Kaiya Chivuti Omme.

Hey Jaleela (Ambi Ning Vayassaytho, Kannada): The ‘Veesum Kaathodadhaan’ equivalent in the Kannada remake of Pa Paandi (Power Paandi). Good one, by Arjun Janya.

Banjaara (Bogda, Marathi): After Zhumbad, composing duo Siddharth-Soumil have another winner in Banjaara! Vishal Dadlani handles the singing duty beautifully for the wonderfully pleasant rock track with excellent guitar work!

Vaaru Veeru (Devadas, Telugu): I’m glad to see Mani Sharma back to doing big-ticket films; in this case, a Nagarjuna starrer that co-stars Nani! The music is the typical Mani-style swing and is catchy enough, though I’d have liked it to be a bit more inventive. It doesn’t and sticks to a familiar pattern while sounding good.

My My My! & Plum (Bloom, Troye Sivan): I have written about the first single from Troye’s 2nd album (the title song) earlier. The album released last week and promises more of the same! Troye’s music is a pleasant, rhythmic throwback to the 80s pop. The melody in My My My! soars beautifully with the chorus and Troye’s hush-hush singing till then breaks into the hook euphorically. Plum is vintage 80s, with a lovely rhythm and a really catchy music hook!

Sigamos Bailando (Gianluca Vacchi, Luis Fonsi, ft. Yandel): Gianluca Vacchi is a 51 year old Italian millionaire and if you haven’t seen his moves on his Instagram handle (with millions of followers – that Italian millionaire tag goes beyond money too!), you have truly missed something. He now produces music too, with hits like Viento, Love and Trump It! His latest is a collaboration with Luis Fonsi and Yandel. It’s catchy as most Latino dance tracks from Luis Fonsi, with an eye-popping video.

Aatish (Shuja Haider and Aima Baig, Coke Studio Season 11, Episode 4): The banter between Shuja and Aima is the song’s easy highlight. Shuja’s tune places his own part as the softer one in the equation, musically, handing over the more flamboyant and higher notes to Aima… who does a fantastic job!

Week 4 of Carbon Copy. Read the full post on Filmcompanion

Vaayadi Petha Pulla shines with a genuine bonhomie, thanks to the lively lilt, Aaradhana’s cheerful innocence, and excellent singing by Vaikom Vijayalakshmi and Sivakarthikeyan! In Oonjala Oonjala, Sid Sriram does his soul magic. The catchy pop tune gets steadily interesting, including Niranjana Ramanan’s semi-classical interlude! The tuneful title song sounds like a less aggressive variant of Dhibu’s Maragatha Naanayam number, Kottai Aanda Arasan. Kanne En Kannazhage‘s tenderly sad lullaby works mainly because of Kapil Kapilan’s soulful singing, while Othaiyadi Pathayila is the soundtrack’s less-interesting song, given the predictably normal folksy sound and tune. Good follow-up to Maragadha Naanayam, by Dhibu!

Keywords: Kanaa, Dhibu Ninan Thomas

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Sunday August 26, 2018

Milliblog Weeklies – AUG26.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 38:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
Both Apple Music and Saavn have all 29 songs this week! YouTube is missing quite a few songs – ones that are part of jukeboxes that cannot be added as individual songs in playlists. I wonder when YouTube will reintroduce this feature of marking the start and end point within a jukebox to be added in playlists 🙁

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Akh Lad Jaave (Loveratri, Hindi): The 2nd song from the film is impressive too – looks like it’s only the film’s title that’s cringe-worthy (so far!). This one belongs to Asees Kaur (ably supported by Jubin Nautiyal), who sensuously breezes through Tanishk Bagchi’s catchy enough tune with her singing.

Sawarne Lage (Mitron, Hindi): Almost sounds like a non-seductive follow-up to Loveratri’s Akh Lad Jaave… same composer 🙂 Jubin Nautiyal… here too!

Dekhte Dekhte (Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Hindi): Rochak Kohli’s version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s original is pretty competent, given the tune’s inherent appeal. Atif Aslam’s singing is a bonus.

Kundali (Manmarziyaan, Hindi): Very Amit, a bit predictable too, but the energy in the rhythm over the folk’ish tune keeps the tune engaging. The lively singing of Meenal Jain, Yashita Sharma, Yashika Sikka, Rani Kaur, Anita Gandharva, Meghna Mishra and Vaishnavi Mishra, make the song great fun!

Ilamayin Kaatil, Thoovaa Mazhai & Saattaiyin Munaiyil (Om, Tamil): Bharathirajaa’s new film, Om, has 12 songs, featuring 3 composers – N.R.Raghunanthan (9 songs), Yuvan Shankar Raja (only 1 song) and Sharran Surya (2 songs)! That’s a LOT of songs! Raghunanthan’s songs have a same’ness about them that is tiring, but among his many songs, Ilamayin Kaatil, with its sweeping strings arrangement and Sathyaprakash and Vaishali’s vocal interplay works easily. Thoova Mazhai, with its early-Rahman sound and ode to rain, and the singing by Vandana Srinivasan and Sarath Santhosh works too, though the English chorus interlude is awkward. The soundtrack’s winner is Yuvan’s lone track, sung by Priya Hemesh and Sai Shravanam. Yuvan’s imagination is sprawling, starting with a classical jadhi, moving to a steadily rhythmic semi-classical melody.

Kanne Kanmaniye & Yaarum Ellai (Echarikkai, Tamil): Anand Aravindakshan is the soul of Kanne Kanmaniye, a lilting lullaby by composer Sundaramurthy KS. Sundaramurthy scores even better in Yaarum Ellai, with its vibrant tune, sparkling interludes in violin and a particularly lovely anupallavi! Great singing by Sathyaprakash D and Jananie SV.

Sengarattan Paaraiyula (Sandakozhi 2, Tamil): Featuring the beautifully earthy vocals of Ramani Ammal and Senthil Dass, Yuvan goes for a rabble-rousing electronic sound to offer a fantastic contrast.

Kettavano (7UP Madras Gig, Tamil): Debutant Sajith Satya’s tune and sound are quite similar to Anirudh’s (who sings this one effortlessly). Cool EDM package.

Thedi Thedi (60 Vayadu Maaniram, Tamil): Given how phenomenally good the Kannada original’s (Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu) music (Charan Raj) was, it is massively disappointing to hear the middling music by Ilayaraja. Iraivanai Thedi is such a weak track, made weaker by Raja’s own singing that is clearly affected by age. The tune too is standard-issue pathos by Raja, evoking memories of better days of similar songs like Mahanadhi’s Thai Pongalum Vandhadhu. And Monali Thakur sounds particularly bad in Naalum Naalum, even though the anupallavi is vintage Raja and could have been salvaged with some better singing! The only song that works is Thedi Thedi, with Raja’s magical interludes and Benny Dayal holding the song confidently.

Yaaradi Neril Thondrum (Adangathey, Tamil): A largely familiar soundtrack from G.V.Prakash Kumar but for this song, sung by Sathyaprakash D. Splendid strings backdrop, and an almost-Raja’esque anupallavi!

Anthaathi, The Life of Ram, Yean, Vasantha Kaalangal, Thaabangale, Iravingu Theevai & Kaathalae Kaathalae (96, Tamil): This is the best Tamil soundtrack I have heard this year (so far). Full review: http://bit.ly/2LoPrSF

Ee Samayam Naa Hrudayam (24 Kisses, Telugu): Joi Barua suddenly seems everywhere! Yes, he is the composer for this Telugu film/song! Indian Idol fame PVNS Rohit holds the song’s soaring melody together, despite minor faltering at places.

Big Boss Anthem (Nannu Dochukunduvate, Telugu): Ajaneesh gets more of his Kannada music swag into Telugu—the chorus and humming are very in-sync with his Kannada repertoire—and it continues to be good!

Pichi Pichiga Nachaavuraa (@Narthanasala, Telugu): Mahathi’s tune and packaging is very reminiscent of his dad’s music, particularly in the way he builds up the rhythm and the interludes. A chip off the old block alright! Lipsika is superb with her singing.

Egiregire, Pelli Pandhiri & Thanu Vethikina (Shailaja Reddy Alludu, Telugu): I wasn’t impressed with Anu Baby or the Telugufication of Gopi’s own Koyikode song from Goodalochana in Shailaja Reddy Alludu Choode, but the composer picks up pace impressively eventually in the soundtrack! Egiregire is a good addition to his recently impressive tie-up with Sid Sriram, with Lipsika for company too. The mellow melody, the strings backdrop is so very comfortably Gopi. Thanu Vethikina too is a very sweet tune, accentuated by Satya Yamini’s singing. The soundtrack’s winner though is Pelli Pandhiri! The charming track mixes Senthamizh ThenmozhiyaaL, a very-Kerala percussion and Telugu, courtesy Vijay Yesudas beautifully!

Shoulda Met Me First (Closer To Home, Arjun): The melody and sound reminded me a lot of Hiphop Tamizha! The shehnai layer in Paul Whalley’s music is a distinctive element on the catchy tune.

Something In Common (Anushqa): The new single from The Stage finalist Anushqa. Composed by Rishi Rich, Anushqa and Naamless, the song showcases Anushqa’s confident singing in a tune that sounds truly international, with a smattering of Indian, in the repetitive background chorus.

Anthaathi could easily be called a celebration of love. Right from Karthik Netha’s fascinatingly beautiful exploration (“Ithyaadhi Kaadhal” is particularly interesting, literally meaning, “et cetera love”!), to C.Prem Kumar’s poem (narrated by actor Nassar) that imaginatively anthropomorphizes love, the words are stupendous! Govind’s tune is another story altogether! The serene way it starts with Chinmayi and Govind’s vocals, the manner in which the mildly throbbing rhythm takes over oh-so-slowly, paving way for a splendid chorus… to introducing Bhadra Rajin’s ethereal interlude and reintroducing the chorus to end with the song’s title… the tune is hugely likeable!

Pradeep Kumar’s deeply involving voice literally envelopes you in The Life Of Ram, another impressive tune, with Karthik Netha scoring big yet again with lines like “Karai Vandha Pirage Pidikkudhu Kadalai, Narai Vandha Pirage Puriyudhu Ulagai”. In Yaen, Gowri’s sweeping voice underscores the tune’s searing sadness, while in the other mellow song, Vasantha Kaalangal, Mithun Raju’s superb Latino-style guitar and Chinmayi’s voice offer a brilliant interplay. Thaabangale has that Latino tinge as well, with Mithun very well again on the guitar, but the tune is built around longing, in Uma Devi’s lovely lines, and Chinmayi and Pradeep’s voices. Iravingu Theevai, the other song featuring the duo has that theme around longing too and Rajesh Vaidya’s veena is a legitimate third voice with its scintillating sound! These two songs offer music that literally drapes around you, much like Ilayaraja at his peak!

Kaathalae Kaathalae, in both versions, builds on the teaser theme to an atmospheric, goosebumps-inducing experience akin to walking into a dense mist and when Govind’s flute arrives, your vision clears and you find something absolutely wondrous! Govind Menon seems to be having a much better luck with the name ‘Govind Vasantha’ since this is easily the best Tamil soundtrack of the year (yet)!

Keywords: 96, Govind Menon, Govind Vasantha, 300, #300

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