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Sunday April 28, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – APR28.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 70: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
16 songs, this week. JioSaavn playlist has all 16 songs. YouTube is missing only 2 songs, from House Owner (Tamil) since they are inside a jukebox. Have embedded the jukebox below.

Slow Motion – Bharat (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: Incredibly catchy, with a superb thrumming rhythm. Nakash Aziz and Shreya are superb, with the flashy singing needed to prop this tune. My only surprise is the generosity with which lyricist Irshad Kamil uses English words that seem more like a current trend than the 1964 period the song introduces us to – ocean, napkin, setting, relationship, promotion, babies, delay seem a bit out of place, even as heroine, scene and slow motion seem normalized given their use in Hindi cinema.

Dil Aziz – Subhash Kumar, Dheeraj Kumar Gupta ft. The Mellow Turtle, Tre Ess (Hindi): Sung by fifteen-year-old Dheeraj Kumar Gupta and penned by fourteen-year-old Subhash Kumar, the interesting fact is that both of them are visually-impaired students of St. Michaels School for the Blind, from Jharkhand! The song is created by hip-hop producers The Mellow Turtle (Rishabh Lohia) and Tre Ess (Sumit Singh Solanki). The sound is ambient and a strong pitch for folk-rock, with fantastic instruments thrown in for good measure. Dheeraj’s soaring voice holds everything together very impressively!

Fakira – Student Of The Year 2 (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: The only other song that worked for me, barring the remix of R.D.Burman’s Jawani Diwani. The composing duo’s tune is a energetic Punjabi folk number that makes some really interesting instrumental choices, besides the familiar Punjabi folk ones. The melody is also unusual since it treads unpredictable turns that Sanam Puri and Neeti Mohan handle confidently.

Jilebara – Thumbaa (Vivek-Mervin) – Tamil: Vivek-Mervin seem to have created the entire song around that massively addictive Jilebara hook and that gamble pays off very well. Apart from Ku.Karthik’s nonsense verse, the song, musically, works effortlessly.

Ye Di Raasathi – 100 (Sam C.S) – Tamil: I was dismayed at the mindlessness of the film’s first song, Agulu Bagulu, an unabashedly outmoded hero-worship/hero-intro song. Thankfully, Ye Di Raasathi fares better. It has the X-factor you expect from Sam’s music, including an imaginative layering of Kavita Thomas’s rap portions and Kishore’s sitar!

Lesa Lesa – Devarattam (Nivas K Prasanna) – Tamil: Devarattam is a surprisingly tepid soundtrack from the otherwise promising Nivas. The only song that worked for me (barring the partly-worked Ulagam Unna Vittu by Vijay Yesudas) is Lesa Lesa. Handled beautifully by Chinmayi (and backing vocals by Nivas himself, I guess), the song’s wonderful thrum and melody is a lovely combination.

Nayaname Nayaname & Saayamal Saaigindra – House Owner (Ghibran) – Tamil: A surprisingly short Tamil soundtrack from Ghibran with just 3 songs. If last week’s Neeyagave was brilliant, he produces 2 more highly listenable songs! Nayaname Nayaname, the hugely melodious and pleasant song, is Sathyaprakash’s solo show, while Benny Dayal rules the fantastic jazz sound in Saayamal Saaigindra.

Bikki Likki – K13 (Sam C.S) – Tamil: Sam seems to be all over the place! But he also seems to be overdoing his moody, haunted sound with 2 more songs in this soundtrack. The solace is Bikki Likki, featuring nonsense verse by Sam himself, alongside Barath Neelakantan. The song does have its moments in the anupallavi with a cool disco-pop sound.

Muntha Kallu & America Naa America – ABCD (Judah Sandhy) – Telugu: After the fantastic Mellaga, Judah follows up his Telugu debut with 2 more solid songs. Tirupati Jaavana’s is superb handling Telugu folk tune in Muntha Kallu, that comes alive with imaginative phrases like ‘Ha Fillaa Boooom’ and ‘Singa Naa Boooom’ even as the song picks up pace wonderfully. In America Naa America, Benny Dayal and Sanjith Hegde hold forth admirably with a tune that falls perfectly in Benny’s non-film musical pursuits.

Sampaddhoy Nanne – 7 (Chaitan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: Chaitan Bharadwaj of RX100 fame! Very pleasant and softly lilting melody, and lovely singing by Madhushree.

Kaattil Veezha – Uyare (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: Gopi is on a spree! Uyare has lovely songs already and this new one fits perfectly, with its serene melody beautifully sung by Shakthisree Gopalan. While Sumesh Parameshwar’s guitar work does stand out, I wish they had credited the person behind the wonderful rhythm with an instrument I couldn’t place – sounded like a djembe. That sound stays long after you stop playing the song!

Me – Taylor Swift, ft. Brendon Urie: A splash of pastel shades in the eclectic music video aside, this is the fast food equivalent of music – great while it lasts. The steady marching beat keeps the song consistently likeable, besides the frothy ‘me-ee-eee’ vocals.

Longshot – Catfish and the Bottlemen: An anthemic track from the Welsh rockers. Shades of Coldplay too.

Brave – Don Diablo, Jessie J: Jessie’s fantastic range rules over Don Diablo’s soulful melody with a superb hook. The synth is pulsating, and produced so well.

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Saturday April 20, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – APR21.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 69: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
17 songs, this week. JioSaavn playlist has 15, and is missing House Owner’s Neeyagave (because Trend Music forgot to send the song to them?) and Balagopal’s Chilla. YouTube has 16 songs, and is missing Music Teacher’s Ik Mod.

Rajvaadi Odhni – Kalank (Pritam) – Hindi: The opening and the chorus took me to Ismail Darbar’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam score in its approach and scope (as also the ‘Laide Laide’ phrase vs. ‘Laido laido laido’!). Fantastic song by Pritam, with immense support by the extensive Rajasthani musical orchestration featuring a multitude of native Indian instruments:
Ravanahatha – Chandan Singh
Sarangi – Dilshad Khan
Swarlin – Abhijit Mazumdar
Flute – Nirmalya Humtoo Dey
Bhapang & Morchang – Mukadar Khan
Khartal – Zaheer Khan

Team Babu Khan (Rajasthani Group)
Singer – Babu Khan & Kailash Khan
Alaap – Idu Khan
Morchang & Bhapang – Sheru Khan
Algoja & Mulri – Sher Khan
Khartal – Salim Khan
Sarangi – Idu Khan
Kamaycha – Misari Khan

Ik Mod – Music Teacher (Rochak Kohli) – Hindi: Rochak Kohli has a couple of recreations (Phir Wahi Raat Hai and Rhim Jhim Gire Saawan) that I’m too scared to touch upon given how I adore the originals (despite them being sung really, really well by Papon). But his original songs are excellent too in the soundtrack. Ik Mod is a song that transported me to the 70s and 80s Hindi parallel cinema’s music! Both versions, by Papon and Neeti Mohan, are beautifully realized creations, with a serenity rare to find in today’s music.

The Jawaani Song – Student of the Year 2 (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: The song was the only redeeming feature in the trailer of the film, for me 🙂 A 47-year old still rocks, and how! I’m glad they retained Kishore Kumar’s original voice along with the other new additions.

Neeyagave – House Owner (Ghibran) – Tamil: An absolutely stunning song by Ghibran, and one that took me back to his brilliant debut (Vaagai Sooda Vaa). Chinmayi and Sathyaprakash completely own this song, and Chinmayi is especially really good! The tune also reminded me a bit of Raja’s majestic ‘Mazhai Varudhu’ from Raja Kaiya Vacha (1990). That was based on Bhagesri raaga, incidentally.

Romba Kadupethura – 7UP Madras Gig (Sean Roldan) – Tamil: Great to see Sean Roldan join the impressive 7UP Madras Gig line-up. His tune is vastly different from the predominant EDM-laden songs so far, and showcases his unique style beautifully. If I have a grudge against something in the song, it is the lyrics, by Sean himself. Utterly corny!

Azhaikka Vandhaayo – Sanjay (Tamil): I had no clue about Sanjay, the composer and this song literally made me go back to his repertoire on his YouTube page. I discovered at least 6 more songs, in the past 1-2 years, from him that were very, very good! Azhaikka Vandhaayo is rich in its melody, with fantastic semi-classical flow that I’d associate with an Ismail Darbar, for instance. Priyanka Barve does sound a bit awkward with her Tamil, but her singing is flawless. Nakul Abhyankar is, as usual, brilliant. A surprise, stunning musical find!

Ninnaye Rathi Endru – Vinod Krishnan: The most famous and familiar musical version of Bharathiyar’s Ninnaye Rathi Endru is perhaps the film song version composed by MS Viswanathan, in the 1986 Tamil film, Kanne Kaniyamudhe, for a song featuring Amala (and actor Rahman). That was based on Kalyana Vasantham raaga and is quite a lovely song!

Vinod Krishnan attempts a completely different tune for the same lines and the results are pretty impressive. His singing is highly involved and fantastic, and the A Capella backdrop adds to the charm.

Padhe Padhe – Jersey (Anirudh) – Telugu: I missed this song in last week’s list, so adding it this week. Anirudh already has a superb soundtrack for the just-released Jersey and this song easily adds to the list. The song’s steady, throbbing rhythm, the singing by Anirudh, Shakthisree, and Brodha V’s rap… all builds to a thoroughly enjoyable song. Shakthisree, in particular, with her incredibly vocals, lifts the song to a new high.

Nakentho Nachinde & Pada Padamani – Nuvvu Thopu Raa (Suresh Bobbili and P.A.Deepak) – Telugu: Suresh Bobbili, who I had written about being promising, with soundtracks like Needi Naadhi Oke Katha and Maa Abbayi, produces a very pleasant Nakentho Nachinde, delivered beautifully by Anurag Kulkarni. The ‘O Pilla’ hook stays long after the song, and the tune’s semi-classical’ish turns are very good too. Pada Padamani has shades of Mickey J Meyer’s music, but composer P.A.Deepak does enough to layer his own creativity, aided generously by Sayantani Das’ excellent vocals.

Malabari Penne – Oronnonnara Pranayakadha (Anand Madhusoodanan) – Malayalam: After last week’s single composed by Leela L Girish Kuttan, here’s the 2nd song from the film, but composed by Anand Madhusoodanan. Looks like Malayalam is gradually gravitating towards the T-series model of multi-composers. Anand’s tune is perfect for Vineeth Sreenivasan’s range and the addictive chorus fits the college stage-song scene well. The video is a particularly interesting watch since the guy singing on stage is singing about a girl who is heckling him off stage, till the end of the song!! 🙂

Chilla – Balagopal.R (Malayalam): I picked up shades of Darbari Kaanada and Reetigowlai raaga in the tune. Simple, resonant melody by Balagopal and sung very well by Nikhil Mathew and Kamalaja Rajagopal.

Darval Mavhacha, Gondan Pirmach, Nagin Dance & Tula Futu De Kaagar – Kaagar (AV Prafullachandra) – Marathi: See my music review of the soundtrack.

Gloria – Jain: A bouncy pop song with a tremendously addictive ‘Gloria’ hook that, I can assure you, will be stuck inside your brain!

In Lagliya Godi Tujhi, the music and tune is as good and eclectic as Naal! The singing by Shashaa Tirupathi and Harshavardhan Wavre, in particular, is lovely, with both of them almost conversing in tune, sneaking up on each other stealthily. I loved that first interlude where after a ‘Tak tik tik’ phrase and a folk rhythm the shehnai’ish sound just dissolves without a tune! And that ending, with ‘Agagaga ga’ and ‘Arrere nai nai’ is a brilliant touch too. Darval Mavhacha is almost a Ajay-Atul song, with its jaunty rhythm pattern and almost chorus’ish singing all through, by Kavita Ram, Vivek Naik, Rahul Chitnis and Santosh Bote. In the antara, Prafullachandra unleashes the full effect of his brilliant tune, linking back to the mukhda with a lovely twist – in the mukhda, Kavita’s portion appears after the men’s chorus, while in the antara, it appears before!

Jasraj Joshi’s expressive singing is the highlight of Gondan Pirmach, that has an unusual and unpredictable flow like Darval Mavhacha. Rucha Bondre gives Jasraj excellent company as she opens and ends the song, along with the chorus. Naagin Dance, in comparison, is almost disappointingly conventional, but significantly more interesting than Prafullachandra hit dance song from Photocopy, Pipani. The punchy Marathi kuthu sound in Naagin Dance once again evokes Ajay-Atul’s music!

Shah-E-Makhdum Ali Vali too starts to sound conventional, like any other faux-Sufi ‘dargah’ song from Indian films, but after that start, the hook takes off ebulliently, and pitching it differently! Tula Futu De Kaagar closes the soundtrack in style, with an expansive orchestration and true to the rest of the album, with a melody that has a mind of its own! It sounds good, no doubt, with Manish Rajgire and Amruta Subhash excellent singing with Prafullachandra playing around with his tune to impressive effect.

AV Prafullachandra has been producing interesting enough music in the recent past – the 2 songs from Photocopy, Zhala Bobhata and Chandu Shikari. But 2018’s Naal was perhaps the first sign that something had changed with the composer – his music had a confident, ambitious sound, almost on par with Ajay-Atul. That same sound is all over Kaagar too. This is a composer worth looking forward to!

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Saturday April 13, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – APR14.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 68: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
17 songs, this week. All 17 on YouTube playlist, and 14 in the JioSaavn playlist. The 3 missing songs: Ayyane by Navneeth Sundar, Zindagi mein toh sabhi by The Green Room Tapes Collective featuring Srinivas and Sanah Moidutty’s Karutha Penne.

Aira Gaira – Kalank (Pritam) – Hindi: I was underwhelmed by ‘Tabaah Ho Gaye’ despite the firepower on display – Shreya’s singing and Madhuri’s dance. The song seemed like Pritam was laboring on the classical‘ish format and it didn’t quite hit the mark. But when it comes to a crowd-pleasing qawali item number, he hits the mark confidently! The sheer detailing of credits showcases the amount of effort that has gone into the song… and it shows in the output. Antara Mitra carries the song, ably supported by Javed Ali and Tushar Joshi. The melody is catchy, the hook addictive. Even if you watch the YouTube video, please listen to the full song on JioSaavn to savor the song for the sake of music.

Sambhaal Rakhiyaan – Music Teacher (Rochak Kohli) – Hindi: When Neeti Mohan takes off with the ‘Rabba mere jeene ki waja hai’ phrase, the song takes off too, moving on from its otherwise staid beginning that I have come to associate with the Rochak-sound. But Rochak plods on with such little surprises in the predominantly-Punjabi melody, aided superbly by Neeti Mohan’s delightful singing.

Aagaasa Veedu Kattum – Dear Comrade (Justin Prabhakaran) – Tamil: Justin Prabhakaran, who has been oddly missing in action since early 2018’s Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren, makes a well-deserved return! The song reminded me of a few Sahana-raaga compositions (like Paarthen Sirithen), so I’m inclined to guess that it could be based on the raaga too. But that main guitar piece that repeats a lot seems to sound like Bilahari-raaga (Raravenu Gobala). It also shines the light on singer Gowtham Bharadwaj who is really good with the vocals. Justin’s quirky background sounds too add tremendous value, like that background jathi and a sound that I can at best explain as a man shrugging vocally!!

Thandalkaaran – NGK (Yuvan Shankar Raja) – Tamil: Even though Selvaraghavan has already joined Yuvan for films like Nenjam Marappathillai (music released, film delayed) and Mannavan Vanthanadi, after their stellar combo in earlier films that ended with Pudhupettai and Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule, here’s another film from the duo! It is definitely promising, with a deep and resonant sound that portends something much grander in the scenes! Yuvan crafts the sound beautifully, and it builds up impressively amidst Ranjith’s singing.

Prapanchame Alaa – Jersey (Anirudh) – Telugu: The melody’s unusual layering on the rhythm in the pallavi (or the meter of the lines in the pallavi itself) was immediately noticeable. And then Anirudh unleashes Keba’s classical’ish guitar in the interlude! Then, the almost-Raja’ish anupallavi! Then the singing by Shashaa Tirupati and Inno Genga… there’s so much to enjoy in this lovely song!

Pathinettu Vayassila – Uyare (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: Gopi follows up last week’s single with another winner from the film. This time, besides his beautifully serene music, the other star is singer Krista Kala, of Media One’s Pathinalam Ravu fame. She, quite literally, breathes life into the whispery tune! Her singing soars beautifully towards the end as the tune too soars, leading to the film’s title!

Athippoovin – Oronnonnara Pranayakadha (Leela Girish Kuttan) – Malayalam: Wow, what a song! Some of the musical phrases seemed a bit like early-Rahman, and the raaga sounded to me like Reetigowlai. A bit of Vidyasagar’ish flourish in the overall music too, if I may add. Excellent work by composer Leela Girish Kuttan, who I believe is visually-challenged!

Pavizha Mazhaye – Athiran (PS Jayhari) – Malayalam: Composer Jayhari does have something going on in the Athiran soundtrack. This is the 2nd song that is very listenable. Harishankar K.S’s splendid singing aside, Jayhari’s music is imaginatively expansive.

Marethuhoyithe – Amar (Arjun Janya) – Kannada: This is by-the-numbers music by Arjun, but even within that template, he has great support from Sanjith Hegde, who elevates the tune significantly with his singing.

Nee Gnyapaka – 99 (Arjun Janya) – Kannada: As if topping all the song he has done so far for the Kannada remake of the Tamil 96, Arjun aims very high in Nee Gnyapaka and succeeds very well too! Besides the expectedly great singing by Sonu Nigam and Palak Muchhal (and not Shreya? Very surprising!), the musical flourish by Budapest Art Orchestra (Hungary) lifts the song significantly.

Boogie Down – Chezin: Chezin is Chetan Dominic Awasthi, a Delhi-based musician. Boogie Down is a wonderfully done Michael Jackson tribute. Chezin even sounds like Suresh Peters, who aced this game way back in the early 2000s. In Chezin’s song, even the music (and not just the vocals) seems like MJ’s music, though it doesn’t buildon MJ’s style as much as how Bruno Mars does, and is content in mirroring it almost exactly.

Chaliye – Renuka Arun: Singer Renuka Arun, who was exceptionally good in Gopi Sundar’s new-age version of Endaro, from Bhale Bhale Magadivoy, and Solo’s Seethakalyanam, is back with her new single. This one is a Swathi Thirunal composition set to Brindavana Saranga raaga. With only Sumesh Parameswar’s support in the form of guitars, it’s virtually Renuka’s stellar show! And she is simply superb with her vocals!

Ayyane – Navneeth Sundar (Malayalam): An ethereal melody about Lord Ayyappa. Sung with the necessary gravitas by veteran P.Jayachandran and set to fantastic music by Navneeth Sundar. I believe the song is set to Raghavarthini raaga, and that is one major reason for the melody’s powerful impact.

Zindagi mein toh sabhi – The Green Room Tapes Collective, Ft. Srinivas: A fantastic reimagination of Mehdi Hassan’s iconic original ghazal, in Srinivas’ fantastic vocals. Where the recreation stands out is the influences it wears on its sleeve proudly during the interludes! They feature specific and creative homages too – that of MS Babu Raj’s Thamasamenthe Varuvan, from Bhargavi Nilayam and Srinivas’ own Ini Naanum Naan Illai, from Yai Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke.

Karutha Penne – Sanah Moidutty (Malayalam): Going by the comments in the original Malayalam song’s video, it clearly looks like Sanah’s new remix is a massive hit. It has raked up 11 million views and going strong, and I hear this is a huge hit in Tamil Nadu with it going wild on Whatsapp! Sanah has been doing impressively mounted remixes already (I loved her Shyama Meghame remix, from Adhipan). Karutha Penne joins this list effortlessly, and she aims higher too, making it a statement about skin color!

Summer Lover – Oliver Heldens ft. Nile Rodgers, Devin: Lovely disco-tinged electronic track from the Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens. The song starts on a somber note but builds towards the ebullient and danc’y hook brilliantly.

SOS – Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc: The new single from the late DJ’s posthumous album, Tim. The EDM grooves are intact and thoroughly enjoyable, but so is the unusual keyboard play that elevates the song.

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Saturday April 6, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – APR07.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 67: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
11 songs this week. 10 each in JioSaavn and YouTube, but not the same 10 🙂 The YouTube playlist is missing Nee Mukilo from Athiran, while the JioSaavn playlist is missing & Ee Thazhvara from the same film. Apparently, Manorama Music completely bungled it on JioSaavn. ‘Nee Mukilo‘ is from another film called Uyare, with music by Gopi Sundar. So, both playlists have all 11 songs.

Kalank Title Song – Kalank (Pritam) – Hindi: Kalank’s title song was out on YouTube last Friday, and I waited all of Saturday and some of Sunday for the full, actual song on streaming platforms like JioSaavn. Reason? The YouTube version was a severely mauled 2:23 version of the actual song that plays for 5:11. When you listen to the full version, you see how beautifully and carefully Pritam has constructed it.

When the first ‘Kalank nahi ishq hai kaajal piya’ happens, Pritam lets Arijit taper that high with a set of ‘Piya piya’ and moves on to the antara. When the second ‘Kalank nahi ishq hai kaajal piya’ happens, 3/4ths into the song, then the sound reduces in the backdrop and after a second of complete silence at 3:47, Pritam mounts his pièce de résistance – that delightful sufi-style harmonious ‘Main Tera’ phrase.

In the YouTube version, there is no build-up to this brilliant part of the song – it just appears at the end of ‘one’ of the ‘Kalank nahi ishq hai kaajal piya’ and that’s a terrible injustice to the way the song was imagined by the composer.

I love the fact that Pritam resisted using this killer line at the end of the mukhda and retains it for the song’s end and let it slowly end the song. The single-use of the most catchy part of the song reminded me of A.R.Rahman’s decision to use just once in the entire song the ‘Kabhi kabhi jaane-jaana dil de dil le dil de dil lene ka socho to’ part in Rangeela’s Mangta Hai Kya. There was an opportunity to use it again in the 2nd paragraph, but he resists and let that one high remain special!

Channa – Gun Pe Done (Rimi Dhar) – Hindi: Another woman composer in Hindi… and that’s reason enough to celebrate! But, of the 3 songs in the soundtrack, only one is worth listening to. And it features Chinmayi’s vocals, besides Jasim Sharma! The song is easily something you’d expect in a Vishal-Shekhar album – very pleasing melody that sits easy on the ears. Jasim and Chinmayi sing it very, very well!

Rasaathi Nenja – 7UP Madras Gig, Season 2 (Dharan Kumar) – Tamil: Yuvan Shankar Raja continues to sound considerably better when he is called by other composers to sing for them, than he singing his own tune. This song is a fantastic example of that bizarre phenomenon even as he tries his best to go off-key… and Dharan valiantly ‘adjusts’ those parts with technology. Dharan tune works effortlessly, with a flashy and incredibly catchy hook. This Madras Gig is off to a super start in the 2nd season too!

BulReddy – Sita (Anup Rubens) – Telugu: Catchy, masala Telugu song that has a very, very identifiable hook in “Reddygari Kurrallua Etta, Rechipothe Ettaganta’. And that sounds exactly like Aravinda Sametha’s ‘Veta vaadu soopultone, Gelakamake santaboodi‘, from the song Reddy Ikkada Soodu! It’s a coincidence also that both songs are going on about ‘Reddy’!

Prema Vennela – Chitralahari (Devi Sri Prasad) – Telugu: DSP is good form yet again. Kishore’s sitar is a constant companion in the song, and that softly lilting rhythm keeps things endearing. Sudharshan Ashok’s gentle singing style adds to the song’s charm.

Lagliya Godi Tujhi – Kaagar (A.V.Prafullachandra) – Marathi: A.V.Prafullachandra made himself known undeniably with ‘Naal’ last year. He produces a fantastic encore with this song! The music and tune is as good and eclectic as Naal! The singing by Shashaa Tirupathi and Harshavardhan Wavre, in particular, is absolutely lovely, with both of them almost conversing in tune, sneaking up on each other stealthily. I loved that first interlude where after a ‘Tak tik tik’ phrase and a folk rhythm the shehnai’ish sound just vaporizes without a tune! And that ending, with ‘Agagaga ga’ and ‘Arrere nai nai’ is a brilliant touch 🙂

Kobe Ashbe – Mukherjee Dar Bou (Indraadip Dasgupta) – Bengali: Besides Indraadip’s wonderfully soft melody, Ishan Mitra’s singing truly elevates the song to a new high. The tune, for some reason, took me back to A.R.Rahman’s Tenali song, ‘Swasame’.

Ee Thazhvara – Athiran (P.S.Jayhari) – Malayalam: Ee Thazhvara is a complete departure from Jayhari’s other song so far – it starts off with a serene and ominous part sung by Amrita Jayakumar, before a horror-trope sound takes over! And the song pivots confidently into a Malayalam rap by Fejo, set to pulsating music!

Nee Mukilo – Uyare (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: Nee Mukilo possibly has a whiff of Vaaname Ellai’s Nee Aandavanaa. The melody has a spritely rhythm that took me back to Raja’s musical style too, particularly the interludes and anupallavi.

Punto G – Karol G: Slow and incredibly seductive! Colombian star Karol G seems unstoppable with such catchy music!

This Life – Vampire Weekend: A new single from Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album, Father of the Bride. A lovely guitar’y bounce that is a definite throwback to the classic rock/pop. Wonderful listen!

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