Posts Tagged ‘Rahul Raj

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:51

Kaly (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

The title song (Chunk chakkare) is authentically and minimally Kerala-folk style and stays true almost all through, with a foot-tapping rhythm. Kinnam katta kallan is strictly middling, but what is truly bizarre is that it references that thoroughly embarrassing and atrocious Baggy jeansum song from Sainyam (with S.P.Venkatesh’s music) in its first interlude! The short […]

Sunday August 6, 2017 16:01

E (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

Pranavaakaram is a magnificent showcase of singer Saritha Ram’s range. She handles Rahul Raj’s almost-Vidyasagar’ish Nattakurinji raaga fusion impeccably. Divayanam is a lovely listen too. While Rahul himself does the vocal heavy-lifting here amidst easily likeable EDM mixed with the occasional semi-classical phrases, Sunitha Sarathy joins in too, mid-way. Arupathu maram‘s energetic pace and earthy […]

Haricharan literally powers Lailakame with his vocals. Rahul’s tune is pleasant enough, and predictable enough, hitting the high notes impressively, and it is in Haricharan’s singing that the song gets a real high. Sushin Shyam’s Thambiraan is atmospheric and haunting, with soaring vocals by Vipin Raveendran. Sushin layers it with absolutely spooky piano backdrop. It’s […]

Friday August 12, 2016 11:09

IDI (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

Jagada jagada is Malayalam film industry outdoing Tamil film music’s pet genre, the kuthu, with a manic rhythm and pulsating vocals! IDI theme is equally good, with funky rap phrases and an aptly hero-worshipping, Middle-eastern flavored tune. Ee khalbitha is trademark Rahul Raj – a melody that is instantly loveable, a harmonious chorus, incredible vocals […]

There’s a brisk electronic sound in Ulakathin that is particularly alluring. Rahul, Arun Alat and Joju Sebastian sing it in a lively, upbeat mood, punctuated by Rahul’s joyous orchestration. Medapoompattum chutti is Najim Arshad’s spectacular show – he holds Rahul’s gorgeously mounted melody in complete control and breathes life into it. There are shades of […]

Halli sreehalli offers something different for Chinmayi; a sensuous and raucously jolly tune that she sings confidently, superbly supported by Rahul. The nadaswaram underscore and Chinmayi’s vocalizations complete the package aptly. Rambo has Vijay Yesudas handling a cool 80s pop tune that features some funky Charlie’s Angels theme allusions, with a smattering of Ilayaraja’ish phrases […]

The Friendship Anthem starts off in conventional rock anthemic style, but starting the funky first interlude, it shifts impressively into next gear, as Don Raja Elvis joins Sooraj Santosh. Merise merise is easily likeable, with its simple, ambient backgrounds and easy, sing-along tune, sung well by Rahul himself. Najim Arshad sounds good in the pleasant […]

Naan indru has a languorously likeable tune and Rahul orchestrates it with a fantastic punch, besides Sooraj’s spirited singing. Rahul’s lively sound borrowed from his Bachelor Party song, Kappa kappa, keeps the otherwise regulation-style Meenamma in better stead, besides Suchitra’s usual verve. The Dark Theme gets the sound right too, aided generously by Anna Katharina’s […]

Rahul’s music in Thirayaane thirayaane is simplistic and minimal, but apt, and soars rather well in the interludes. Chemmana chelurukki is very tunefully foot-tapping and is a lovely listen, aided by the captivating music the composer adds to it, while it’s Sufi reprise Urvasi urvasi is a gimmick that is too short to work well. […]

Chinni chinni‘s predictable sound also has a prominent piece that sounds like Prem jal from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai! The London Bridge theme too merely passes muster, but Rahul leaves his stamp in his last song – Kannadi vaathil! Haricharan’s vocals, the slow build-up leading to the punchy hook… all work perfectly! Sreevalsan […]

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