Saturday November 4, 2017

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – October 2017

Posted by Karthik

Apple Music playlist of 50 songs (except the Telugu song from Sarovaram, Amrutham kurisina that’s not available on Apple Music)

Single Saavn playlist of all the 51 songs:


Helicopter – Ranchi Diaries (Tony Kakkar)

Thodi si jagah, Dhundlo tum and Title song – Tu Hai Mera Sunday (Amartya Rahut)

Main kaun hoon, Meri pyaari Ammi, Sapne re, O re manwa, Gudgudi and I’ll Miss You – Secret Superstar (Amit Trivedi)

O mere sanam – The House Next Door (Girishh G)

Jogi, Tu banja gali Benaras ki and Pallo latke – Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (Arko, Raees & Zain-Sam, Rashid Khan)

Ittefaq se – Ittefaq (Bappi Lahiri and Tanishk Bagchi)
Yet-yet another recreation of an old Bollywood song. Yet another recreation by recreation-master Tanishk Bagchi. But, this one’s quite nice too, like Tanishk’s Tamma tamma recreation, with him sprucing up the original’s elements cleverly in a way that doesn’t dilute the effect but actually accentuates it. Good choice of singers – Jubin Nautyal and Nikhita Gandhi.

Na jaa – Jia Aur Jia (Nisschal Zaveri)
The only song that stands out in this otherwise lackluster album. The only song composed by Nisschal Zaveri as well. That he picks Nandini Srikar to deliver one version helps it sell the song’s introduction and it doesn’t disappoint, with its soft, ghazal-like outlook and ambient backgrounds. The other version by Asees Kaur is a good listen too.


Rail aaraaroo, Aei arakka and Aram seiyya virumbu – Nenjil Thunivirunthal (D.Imman)

Semparuthi, Ennenna kaatchigal – Indrajith (KP)

Kulebaa vaa, Thodra paakkalaam – Ippadai Vellum (D.Imman)

Kaarigai kanne – Aval (Girishh G)


Adhilekka and O kshanam – Oxygen (Yuvan Shankar Raja)

What Amma What Is This Amma – Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi (Devi Sri Prasad)
In an otherwise banal soundtrack that does nothing to Devi’s already-limited range, he produces his own Kolaveri in What Amma What Is This Amma. He sings it himself too and sets the tune to an easily likeable rhythm and instantly sing-along tune.

Amrutham kurisina – Sarovaram (Sunil Kashyap)
Sunil’s music in the song reminded me of Chakri’s style – a simple, highly melodious tune that works in perfect sync with the simple, lilting rhythm. The choice of singers elevates the song considerably – Hemachandra and Harini!

Ala Meda Mida – Next Nuvve (Sai Karthik)
Yazin Nizar’s involved vocals definitely help, but beyond that Sai’s choice of layering a constant veena backdrop helps significantly in the pleasant melody.

Ishtam and Nijama – Good Bad Ugly (Harshavardhan)
I started listening to the 2 songs of Good Bad Ugly almost with no ishtam, since I had no idea what to expect from composer Harshavardhan. But the way Ishtam started, I sat up straight! It sounded just like a Raja intro! Harsha’s singing almost kills the song, but the Raja signs are all over the song, including the interludes and a gorgeous tune! In Nijama too, Harsha’s singing is the weakest point, but that rhythm is straight out of Raja’s 80s repertoire!! Pleasantly surprised!

Supere and Nijame kani – Mama O Chandamama (Munna Kasi)
The 2 songs that truly stand out owe a lot to Ilayaraja! Supere has the template of Ram bam bam while Nijame is a photocopy of Vamsi-Raja’s Jigi jigi jigija, that Mayamalavagowla masterpiece from Chettu Kinda Pleader. To be fair, both sound pretty good, but still like vague imitations of Raja’s music.


Aalayal tara venam, Aalayal tara venam Reprise, Aigiri Nandini, Shiva Tandav, Kandu nee, Oru vaanchi paattu, Thaalolam, Roshomon, Sajan more ghar aaye, Sita Kalyanam, Separation and Karaiyaadhe – Solo (Masala Coffee, Thaikkudam Bridge, Ragini Bhagwat, Abhinav Bansal, Agam, Prashant Pillai, Filter Coffee, Sooraj Kurup, Govind Menon and Gaurav Godkhindi)

Manjaniyum, Mele manathu – Chakkaramaavin Kombathu (Bijibal)


Ondhe jeevana, Kshanvu kooda and Ninna haage – Gowdru Hotel (Yuvan Shankar Raja)

Kodeyondara Adiyalli – Raju Kannada Medium (Kiran Ravindranath)
Kiran’s song and, in particular, the song’s picturization showcases the fabulous landscape of Karnataka. Sonu Nigam is obviously the clear highlight of the dulcet melody.



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