Minunundae mullapolae is an effortless winner. Ashwin concocts an expansive and immensely likeable soundscape led by guitar and strings. Karthik delivers the dreamy melody in his impeccable style even as it is noteworthy for its unusual structure sans any familiar pattern! The song’s other version, with a more electronic sound, is decidedly slower, handled beautifully by Neha Nair and is closer to Ashwin and Dominic Arun’s earlier effort, the short film Mrithyumjayam. Enthelum parayanundel has a winsome, drunk-conversation feel that Sajeev Stanley delivers well, though the frequent change in rhythm is disorienting. Ashwin Renju makes a confident debut in Tharangam.

Keywords: Ashwin Renju, Tharangam

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Despite all the kitchen-sink level cliches in Boom boom, the sound remains alluring, thanks to the fantastic brass he incorporates along with Nikhita Gandhi’s vocals. Ciciliya ciciliya too is a fairly good listen, with a lively melody, accentuated with Harris’ pet sounds, including gibberish chorus from exotic islands. Haricharan is dependably good handling the vocals, with a peekaboo Shakthishree. Harris dips into his Anniyan stock for Haali haali that, besides its heady hook and a lovely second interlude, has nothing much to add. Achcham Telugandham‘s only highlight is rhyming mysterious with Confuscious. Predictable Harris Jayaraj package with two good-enough songs.

Keywords: Spyder, Harris Jayaraj

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There’s something distinctly Harris Jayaraj about Kadhal Project, but Simon improvises to bring his unique stamp, with his own funky keyboard and Vasanth David’s drums. Keerthana Vaidyanathan, and Benny Dayal, in particular, blaze through the swanky vocals. Kalyani’s part in Yavvana is extraordinarily beautiful, but Yazin’s abrupt Yavvana hook demands time to get used to. They do gel well overall eventually, in an interesting tabla-guitar jugalbandi! Its reprise, though, gets incredibly maudlin. Sangu, both versions, offer a lot of grungy posturing but remain background’ish. The theme ends the soundtrack on a lovely high! After two fives, Simon’s music remains promising.

Keywords: Sathya, Simon K. King, Simon

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Karuva karuva payale is Imman regurgitating his stock, but between Shankar Mahadevan and Shashaa Tirupati, the energetic melody really comes alive, amidst brilliant work by Chennai Strings Section. It’s hard not to like Usure given the soaring Charukesi base and Ananya Bhat’s beautiful rendition, but the raaga use, with limited novelty, also makes it too familiar. Olaga vaayaadi and Azhagazhaga push their luck way too far on the familiarity scale, despite splendid singing by Benny and Pradeep Kumar, respectively. Murukku meesa ends the soundtrack on a clumsily inspired variant of M.S.Viswanathan’s Aadaludan paadalai kettu. Imman needs another bout of reinvention.

Keywords: Karuppan, D.Imman

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Nee paarkum and Neenda naal has one wondering why Vidyasagar even went out of circulation in Tamil! The melodies are instantly appealing and the gracefully understated orchestration beautifully compliments Sathyaprakash, Karthik and Shweta Mohan’s excellent singing in both songs. But the answer to the first sentence’s wonder could be in Achukku buchukku! It is no doubt catchy, with Sanjana Kalmanje exhorting all to kuthu, but the sound is positively dated. The title song, sung by the man himself is all swag, with a swanky, bluesy drawl that works so well! Vidyasagar most definitely proves that his form is still intact!

Keywords: Thiruttuppayale 2, Vidyasagar

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Single Saavn playlist of (almost) all the songs
(missing songs: Simran’s Baras Ja, all 4 songs from Velipadinte Pusthakam, 3 songs from Mugulu Nage and Chintamani by Raman & Jirka)

Hindi

Sweet tera drama, Nazm and Bairaagi – Bareilly Ki Barfi (Tanishk Bagchi, Arko, Samira Koppikar)

Laagi na choote, Chandralekha and Bandook meri laila – A Gentleman (Sachin-Jigar)

Kaavaan kaavaan, Rangdaari, Meer-e-kaarwan and Baaki Rab pe – Lucknow Central (Arjunna Harjaie, Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Mychael Danna)

Barfani, Ghungta and Chulbuli – Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (Gaurav Dagaonkar)

Lagdi hai thaai, Pinjra tod ke, Baras ja, Majaa ni life and Title song – Simran (Sachin-Jigar)

Kho diya and Trippy trippy – Bhoomi (Sachin-Jigar)

Mere rashke qamar and Socha hai – Baadshaho (Tanishk Bagchi)

Kanha – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Tanishk-Vayu)

Tamil

Surviva, Thalai viduthalai and Kadhalada – Vivegam (Anirudh)

On nenappu, Tappu tippu and Sunday na – Kathanayagan (Sean Roldan)

Iravil varukira, Abimaaniye, Title song and Ayyo ayyo theri ponnuda – En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom (Ishaan Dev)

Telugu

Kannu kannu kalisai, Title song and Padhamari – Paisa Vasool (Anup Rubens)

Dhooram, Telisiney na nuvvey, Emitemitemo, Madhurame, Mari mari and Gundelonaa – Arjun Reddy (Radhan)

Yelugula teraley, Neevalaney, Adedo maayalley and Enno enno bhavaley – Yuddham Sharanam (Vivek Sagar)

Miss Sunshine and Freedom – LIE (Mani Sharma)
Miss Sunshine has Anurag Kulkarni and Sinduri Vishal deliver an immensely listenable (barring cringe-worthy Teluglish) beach song! Mani is a master in such melodies and this one just works effortlessly. There’s a lot more spunk in Freedom with Mani showcasing fantastic flair with the orchestration even as Anurag Kulkarni and Ramya Behara handle the singing duties in style.

Etuvaipo – Oye ninney (Shekar Chandra)
Shekar’s melody is highly engaging and tuneful, with a haunting tinge of pathos, but his choice of Chaitra for the singing is the masterstroke.

Merise – Aanando Brahma (K)
The short soundtrack with just 2 songs and 4 background pieces was perhaps apt for a horror film like this one. S.V. Jananie’s Merise is easily the pick of the soundtrack with K’s trademark resonant and likeable melody.

Sukhibhava Annaru – Nene Raju Nene Mantri (Anup Rubens)
This soundtrack that released perhaps a bit too close to the film’s release was full of bombastic music pumping up Rana’s character, coming close on the heels of his Baahubali high. Shreya Ghoshal’s Sukhibhava is the one song that really stayed with me, with Anup choosing a lovely melody that almost sounded like Mani Sharma’s with neat violin strains and ably supported by Rohith and that ‘nuvve nuvve’ hook.

Malayalam

Pranavaakaram and Divayanam – E (Rahul Raj)

Aaradyam and Orayiram – Matchbox (Bijibal)

Veerangana and Melakey – Crossroad (Amrutha Suresh, Abhirami Suresh and Anitha Shaiq)

Tapp tapp, Kavalam painkili and Kilivathilin chare nee – Pullikkaran Staraa (M.Jayachandran)

Entammede jimikki kammal, Karayum kadalum, Neeyum and Mele arimulla – Velipadinte Pusthakam (Shaan Rahman)

Arikil ini njaan varaam – Adam Joan (Deepak Dev)
Arikil is a surprisingly effective guitar-led ballad featuring Prithviraj. He sings with a slight untrained edge and that actually helps keep the ballad’s melody intimate and real!

Enthavo and Nanavare – Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela (Justin Varghese)
Suraj Santhosh’s highly engaging singing of debutant Justin’s winsome melody is Enthavo. The melody is simple and easy on the ears, with Justin adding catchy layers with ukulele and banjo. Justin has a winner in Navare too, getting Tessa Chavara to handle the lazy drawl in the melody backed by the amplified sound of a clock’s ticking!

Kannada

Roopasi, Kannadi illada oorinali and Ninna snehadinda – Mugulu Nage (V.Harikrishna)

Marathi

Gaaz yeta go and Virlya kevha – Mala Kahich Problem Nahi (Hrishikesh Saurabh Jasraj)

Indipop

Enthavo – Job Kurian

Chintamani – Raman & Jirka

Yelugula teraley has the lilt and serene sound of the North East, with natural sounds thrown in to amplify the melody. Shaktisree Gopalan is in stupendous form, with Pramod Umapathi’s flute giving her superb company. Neevalaney is Karthik’s show, in a melody that seems tailor-made for him. Vivek’s Catharsis band-mates, Phani Teja’s carnatic synth (a great step forward for Phani, from Catharsis songs like Kaleidoscope and Music Therapy) and Sanjay Das’ drums keep the tune lively and totally likeable. Adedo maayalley harks back to Vivek’s Tamil song from Sheesh Mahal with its whispery jazz sound and George Hull’s sax covering both songs! Tracey Thorton’s accented Telugu, strangely, finds an interesting fit for the tune! Padmavyuham and the title song‘s angsty tunes get punchy expressions by Nikhita Gandhi and Pranav Chaganty in the former and Shivam and Kaala Bhairava in the latter, though the overall sound is background’ish at best. But the title song definitely scores better with its edgy orchestration. Vivek’s choice of roping in V.Pradeep Kumar to handle Enno enno bhavaley pays off wonderfully, given how he delivers the delightful melody in his inimitable style, ably supported by Aslam Khan’s sarangi. Vivek delivers confidently in his first big outing.

Keywords: Vivek Sagar, Yuddham Sharanam, 200, #200

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Gaaz yeta go has an incredible hook by Bhagyshree Abhyankar, Pranjali Barve and Amita Ghugari, and Bela Shende’s lead compliments the gorgeous melody perfectly. Tujyasathi‘s energetic Marathi-EDM mix—with a dash of Omkar Dhumal’s Sanai—is endearing, with excellent singing by Jasraj and Aanandi Joshi. Bhushan Chitnis’ splendid guitaring props the exquisite melody of Virlya kevha in what seems to be a beautiful adaptation of Charukesi raaga in Abhay Jodhpurkar and Priyanka Barve vocals. Despite that orchestral flourish, Maunatuni is relatively less interesting, tune-wise, while Samir Saptiskar’s title song is generic Bollywood material. Hrishikesh Saurabh Jasraj’s music continues to be enormously promising.

Keywords: Mala Kahich Problem Nahi, Hrishikesh Saurabh Jasraj, Samir Saptiskar

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Both Rocket Saiyyan and Laddoo are adequately raucous and perfectly fit the resurgent ‘Bharat’ focused films and music that have been doing really well recently. Kankad is a great listen too, particularly Shashaa’s highly tuneful antara with a gentle, underlying pathos. Where Tanishk-Vayu score is in Kanha! The Bhimpalasi-raaga based melody gets a stunningly beautiful rendition through Shashaa Tirupati! The composers pair it with Manas’ violin and Pradeep Barot’s sarod, all the while keeping the sound delightfully pleasant! Ayushmann Khurrana’s Unplugged version, though, flattens out all the nuances. Kankad With Kanha, Tanishk-Vayu prove that they have finally and seriously arrived!

Keywords: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu Srivastava, Tanishk-Vayu

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The highly listenable Roopasi and the title song perfectly fit the Sonu-Mano Murthy-Mungaru Male template, while Kere yeri has a simple, equally charming sound. Roopasi’s Shreya version, Kannadi illada oorinali is a lovely listen as well, while Shreya rocks the wonderfully pleasant melody of Ninna snehadinda, with a gorgeous Hindustani base. Vijay Prakash’s spirited vocals run riot over the catchy, ‘spirited’ tune of Hodi ombath, while his very-Goan Amara hale nenepu has Hari concocting a highly imaginative and playful sound. With just 3 singers, a bunch of melodies and without a single duet, Harikrishna scores pretty well in Mugulu Nage!

Keywords: Mugulu Nage, V.Harikrishna

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