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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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Tuesday April 2, 2019

Top 10 Telugu songs of March 2019

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Sunday March 31, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – MAR31.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 66: On JioSaavn | On YouTube 
18 songs, this week. And a range of languages from across the country – Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali. No Tamil songs worth the listen this week, though. Both the JioSaavn playlist and the YouTube playlist have 17 songs, but not the same 17. The former is missing the one song from Lakshmi’s NTR (only on YouTube), while the latter is missing Nenena Nenena from Suryakantam (that’s inside a playlist).

Also, if you are wondering about Kalank’s title song that released yesterday (after a day late), it is yet to be out in its full version on the streaming platforms. The YouTube version seems truncated to fit the video. Will wait for the full version to release and them add it perhaps next week.

Haaye Oye – QARAN ft. Ash King: QARAN’s music here is very similar to his Tareefan from Veere Di Wedding. I do understand that it is his perhaps his signature style, and it actually works – no doubt on that. Ash King’s vocals add to the song’s effortless charm.

Nee Uniki – Lakshmi’s NTR (Kalyani Malik) – Telugu: A Malik completely unrelated to the Bollywood list of Malik/Malliks (Anu, Armaan, Amaal etc.) is Kalyani Malik, brother of M.M.Keeravani. He’s one of the most under-rated composers in Telugu, and it’s possible that it’s because he keeps changing his name so often that when a producer wants to reach out to him, his name has changed and he has no way of connecting 🙂 His music in Ram Gopal Varma’s Lakshmi’s NTR is a surprise because, lately, RGV has only been working with out-of-work and rather pointless composers, almost relegating their work even behind his lacklustre filmmaking. The one song that really appealed to me in this film is Nee Uniki. S.P.Balasubrahmanyam’s voice and the tune’s almost Raja’esque 80s feel reminded me of Saagara Sangamam’s Thakita Thadimi!

Choti Choti Baatein – Maharshi (Devi Sri Prasad) – Telugu: DSP magic 🙂 No other way to explain this incredibly simple and painfully-familiar tune and music combo. It’s catchy and breezy and all you can do is nod along!

Glassmates – Chitralahari (Devi Sri Prasad) – Telugu: DSP again! 🙂 The same formula, but with swinging brass that adds to the already-tipsy fun!

Po Pove & Nenena Nenena – Suryakantam (Mark K Robin) – Telugu: Po Pove’s hugely involving pathos tune gets a brilliant expression from Karthik’s singing. Mark really lays out the feels in this one. Nenena Nenena is Shakthisree Gopalan’s show. The song’s original version, Inthena Inthena itself was a stupendous listen, and this new variant is equally good. And that prelude, for 13 seconds, took me back to Kandukondain Kandukondain’s title song’s prelude 🙂 Lovely stuff!!

Khaali Khaali Aniso – Kavaludaari (Charanraj M.R) – Kannada: After the 3 songs, Charanraj comes out all guns blazing again, in Khaali Khaali. He has superb support from Sharanya Gopinath’s fantastic, diva-style vocals. His tune is flamboyant, Bond-style. The song’s swinging horns, by Trumpet Babu, deserve a special mention.

Gamyave – 99 (Arjun Janya) – Kannada: The texture of the music Arjun has offered (so far in the 3 songs) for the Kannada version of 96 is vastly different from Govind Vasantha’s sensibilities. But, it is also highly enjoyable in a very different way. I was worried it may seem as flimsy as Ganesh’s beard, but it has turned out pretty good. Gamyave, with its steady thrumming rhythm and Armaan Malik’s breezy vocals, joins that list.

Multan – Nadhoo Khan (Gurmeet Singh) – Punjabi: This is that combination – composed by Gurmeet Singh and sung by Mannat Noor. Like Laung Lachi, that delightful Punjabi folk melody that was desecrated by T-series recently in Lukka Chuppi. Multan is a fantastic listen too – not Laung Lachi level, and a bit too animated too (in a way that helps the leading lady Wamiqa Gabbi dance a bit too forcefully, but with typical Punjabi fervor).

Tappe – Rabb Da Radio 2 (Desi Crew) – Punjabi: This is one heck of an ebullient Punjabi bhangra number. Not that there is any dearth of such song from Punjab, but, for an outsider like me for whom all Punjabi songs sound similar, this one stood out with its frenetic liveliness! Incidentally, this song stars Wamiqa Gabbi too! What’s particularly interesting is how she navigates multiple language film industries with complete ease – she is acting in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films! Her multilingual ease is just like a Milliblog playlist 🙂

Teri Meri Meri Teri Aashiqui & Samjhe Kya (A Capella) – Ashi Hi Aashiqui (Sachin Pilgaonkar) – Marathi: Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar is almost a permanent fixture in Marathi films, besides his sojourn into Hindi films. The 67-year old actor makes his debut as music composer (for a full soundtrack; he has composed singles in the past) with the film he is directing now, Ashi Hi Aashiqui! It’s not a bad debut at all – his music sense is definitely noteworthy. I didn’t quite like Rakamma, the kuthu song (too familiar with nothing really standing out), but the Sonu Nigam dominated soundtrack (6 out of 8 songs featuring Sonu!) has a very catchy and nice song in Teri Meri Meri Teri Aashiqui. The song’s punchy rhythm reminded me of the kind used in reggaeton songs. The A Capella, Samjhe Kya is another fantastic song! The music is nuanced and highly enjoyable, and so is the singing by Shanmukhpriya, and Sonu Nigam. The melody of the song reminded me of Frenesi, composed originally by Alberto Domínguez for the marimba that later became a jazz standard. It was famously adapted into the Tamil song, Palinginal Oru Maligai from the film Vallavan Oruvan (1966).

Konya Re – Ke Tumi Nandini (Amlaan) – Bengali: That ‘Dhumpichakdhum’ rhythm is straight out of Anu Malik’s Duplicate, but composer Amlaan adds several other catchy elements to this foot-tapping song. It could have easily been mistaken for a Pritam song in Hindi too!

Africa Is The Future – Major Lazer: The 4 songs in the album were all released across 2018. In one compilation as a 4-song set they continue to sound phenomenally good. All My Life featuring Burna Boy and is a fantastic dancehall mix.Orkant/Balance Pon It, featuring Taranchyla, the South African Babes Wodumo who ruled the Black Panther soundtrack, goes one step ahead in the smoking hot dancehall mix. Tied Up is low key, in comparison, but is equally punchy with the dancehall rhythm, while featuring vocals by Jake Gosling, Raye and Mr Eazi. And Loyal is the 4th song of the compilation, with a smooth R&B groove, featuring Kranium and Kizz Daniel.

Hustle – Pink: An upbeat, country-style song that gets tremendously more exciting because of the superb chorus. Brilliant song!

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