Ceylon silku nila is almost a Mysskin item song, with a male chorus raucously singing around a yellow-sari Ceylon lady. The tune’s Latin/Baila base, Chinmayi’s vocals and the peekaboo rhythm makes it mighty interesting beyond its catchy appeal. Indra impresses even more in Mella vaa, with that classy semi-classical lilt and getting Unni Menon and Vandana Srinivas to croon the beautifully layered humming. The vocal harmony also props Kaathirundhen, though the tune is a bit too wayward with no focus. Uruvam enna, unfortunately, is non-descript in every way. Debutant director + music composer Indra impresses in at least two songs.

Keywords: Tubelight, Indra

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Jai Maa is a highly entertaining Mata-Ki-Chowki Kaala chashma remix by Jaidev Kumar! Rishi Rich’s Jaanu remix (Pancham’s Shaan number) is the polar opposite – horrendous! Tera hoke rahoon‘s melodic turn is so-very-Pritam and breezy, given it comes his JAM8’s Kaushik-Akash-Guddu, with Arijit holding fort. Yash Narvekar’s Teri yaadon mein too, despite the familiar sound, is a great listen, mainly because of Yasser Desai and Pawni Pandey’s vocals. Its reprise is a more pronounced and likeable version. Amjad Nadeem’s Tenu na, in 2 versions (by Yasser Desai and Asees Kaur, respectively), completes the melody triumvirate impressively. Jai Mata ki melodiyan.

Keywords: Behen Hogi Teri, Jaidev Kumar, Rishi Rich, R.D.Burman, JAM8, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu, KAG, Yash Narvekar, Amjad Nadeem

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With faint echoes of Pudhiya Mugham’s Netru illadha, Hind mere jind eventually plays out like a mish-mash of a lot of likeable and familiar sounds and phrases that do not converge to hit the bullseye. In Sachin, Sachin, Rahman cleverly integrates the now-iconic stadium chant set to a punchy, and often overdone and manipulative rhythm, all the while Sukhwinder Singh doing his predictable thing. Rahman junior, A.R.Ameen and Anjali Gaikwad are wonderfully dextrous with their vocals in Mard Maratha, particularly the former; the actual song seems more like an after-thought on top of that. Rahman’s Sachin soundtrack is 40, run-out.

Keywords: Sachin: A Billion Dreams, A.R.Rahman

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The title song is familiar, no doubt, but has a joyous outlook that is thoroughly enjoyable! Ranjith and Gopika Poornima’s singing and the buoyant strings by Chennai Strings Orchestra add to the charm. Incredibly familiar rhythm in Nee vente nenunte, but Kapil’s vocals and the engaging tune win. Bhramaramba, with a repetitive, rhythmic sound gets at least the hook right, while Devi’s luck runs out in Break-Up song. Javed Ali owns Thakita thakajham, accentuating its frothy faux-Sufi sound with fantastic support from Keba on guitars. The rock version is less interesting, in comparison. Devi builds on his Nenu Local form.

Keywords: Raarandoi Veduka Chuddam, Devi Sri Prasad

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Irshad Kamil’s poignant lines get the perfect vehicle in Harshdeep Kaur’s evocative vocals in Sune saaye. Anupam’s sitar-tinged rock sound is reminiscent of M.M.Kreem’s Zakhm. Rekha Bhardwaj aces the gentle Saat rangon se effortlessly, with a beautifully lilting percussion that is missing in the acoustic version, along with middling singing by Anupam himself. Kehne ko, despite Jonita’s effort, doesn’t raise above the maudlin pop sound, complete with a cringe-worthy ‘How do I say goodbye?’, but still manages to sound better when compared to Sandman’s Buri buri that’s utterly muddled. Sune saaye and Saat rangon se manage to lift this soundtrack.

Keywords: Dear Maya, Anupam Roy, Sandman

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Njaanum neeyum has Vidyasagar written all over it, just like his recent Tamil soundtrack Engeyum Naan Iruppen. It’s a delightfully serene melody accentuated significantly by Shreya Ghoshal and Quincy Chettupally’s singing. Minnaminungu seals the Vidyasagar influence further – again, an absolutely lovely tune that Najim Arshad headlines confidently, along with Anweshaa. Kannada cinema’s current singing star Armaan Malik makes his Malayalam debut with Njan varumee paadhayil, and the spritely tune Afzal conjures for him, and Tabitha, works effortlessly. Sankar Sharma’s lone song Poru nirayum has a punchy percussion, but with a functional, inspiration tune. Afzal’s highly impressive melodic streak continues!

Keywords: Theeram, Afzal Yusuf, Afzal Yusuff, Sankar Sharma

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Adi Shankaracharya’s Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam gets a snazzy power-version in Sunny’s capable imagination. Roland Fernandes’s electric guitar adds a racy layer to the fabulous 6-singers chorus. Mikey McCleary’s recreation—while sounding immensely like Mikey’s—doesn’t quite gel with the intonation-style verses and tune. Shalmali sashays in stylishly in Telusa that’s Sunny’s trademark, with captivating sounds and a punchy melody. Arijit is fantastic handling Yedisthe rarevaru‘s sweet melody, with Sunny acing the bass and synth. Arijit’s other, Po poradi is a pulsating listen, with the manic percussion bringing the roof down! Excellent comeback by Sunny who didn’t have a single release in 2016!

Keywords: Keshava, Sunny M.R., Mikey McCleary

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Mani Sharma nails the bass and catchy tune of Paapi kondallo while his interludes offer a smattering of the Ilayaraja goodness. Meghale thele naalona has Vamsy’s finger-print in terms of the bizarre additions, though the main tune is a lovely listen too. Ravi Varma chitrama sounds just like Sagar Mahathi’s music – exotic musical layers apt for the engaging melody. Anveshana uses a similar sound but the tune is less interesting. Kanulemito is the soundtrack’s best, with a blazing electric guitar atop the snazzy Shanmukhapriya tune. After Chakri (barring Raja’s Anumanaspadam), Vamsy finds a worthy new partner in Mani Sharma.

Keywords: Fashion Designer s/o Ladies Tailor, Mani Sharma

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In a gentle ‘go smell the roses’ push, Shreya Ghoshal asks in Akale oru, in beautiful Malayalam and even better singing if we can please smell the flower in the middle of the forest and if it ain’t the best thing in the world. Bijibal’s melody is so convincing that you head to any nearby flower to comply. In comparison, Kavitha ezhuthunnu, barring Sooraj Santhosh’s singing, fails to make an impact, with an outdated sound. Maavilakudil, salvages things mildly, thanks largely to Rajalakshmi’s vocals, though the ennui of dated sound irks. Composer Bijibal continues to walk the less trodden path.

Keywords: Ramante Edanthottam, Bijibal

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Kaakki chokka is a foot-stomper of a hero-intro, with an extra punch in the percussion, though on a standard-issue tune, relying more on sound. The spritely percussion continues in Choopultho guchchi, a bit too overbearing on the otherwise soft melody. Ranjith is dependably good with the singing. Oye mera Krishuuu is the 3rd song with a similarly punchy rhythm, with a retro flavor and passable masala outlook. Rabbit rabbit pilla, barring the silly lyrics, is quite a catchy hiphop mix, with Ramee handling the singing amidst musical techno coolth. Adequately mainstream mix by Radhan after the significantly better Yevade Subramanyam.

Keywords: Radha, Radhan

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