Milliblog Weeklies – SEP02.2018

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 39:
On Apple Music | On Saavn | On YouTube
21 songs, this week. YouTube has 20 of them – it’s missing the 2nd song from the Kannada film, Fourtuner (Kaiya Chivuti Omme). Saavn is next, with 19 songs – it’s missing III Smoking Barrels’s Yeh Tishnagi and the song from Coke Studio. Apple Music has only 17 of the 21 songs.

A note on the songs in the playlist.

Chaav Laaga (Sui Dhaaga, Hindi): Everything just works in harmony in this song! Right from Anu Malik’s wonderfully immersive melody, Varun Grover’s delightful verse and the singing by Papon and Ronkini Gupta. The picturization too is compelling!

Chalte Chalte & Kamariya (Mitron, Hindi): There’s no telling which song Tanishk Bagchi will remix next! Here, he touches a classic and his interpretation, aided generously by Atif Aslam, is not bad at all, if we let go of the initial apprehension of, ‘Eeeeeks, what is he up to?!’. And have DJ Chetas, Lijo George and Darshan Raval decided to monopolize 2018’s filmi dandiya scene? After Chogada from Loveratri, here is the same trio’s Kamariya! It isn’t as good as Chogada, but does have its own charm!

Yeh Tishnagi (III Smoking Barrels, Hindi): Papon composes and sings this one in his inimitable style. The rock sound goes brilliantly with his vocals and the team scores darn well too: Jinti on guitar, Munu on the keyboards and Tanmay on the drums.

Tera Hua (Loveratri, Hindi): After last week’s Akh Lad Jaye, Tanishk Bagchi strikes again! This time he has Atif Aslam for company, and the soft melody with a zingy electronic base is a neat listen.

Neethane En Thoovanam (Lisaa, Tamil): Lovely melody by Santhosh Dhayanidhi! Particularly well sung by Swagatha S Krishnan!

Mazhai (Kaalidas, Tamil): A film song by Sudha Ragunathan deserves a listen! This one, by Vishal Chandrasekhar, gives her a fantastic semi-classical melody befitting her range and experience. Vishal’s electronic sounds in the background add to the luster.

Vaayadi Petha Pulla, Oonjala Oonjala & Title song (Kanaa, Tamil): Soundtrack review here:

Kangalin Oramai (July Kaatril, Tamil): Joshua Sridhar returns, after a decent score in the recent Oru Kuppai Kathai. Familiar-enough tune, but the music shines, as also Suzanne D’Mello’s singing.

Kambathu Ponnu (Sandakozhi 2, Tamil): Add this song to the list of songs which have excellent tunes but could do without the composer singing it himself. The melody is vintage Yuvan – very likeable, with a superb rhythm to go with it. It’s his singing that jars… severely.

Oo Deva & Kaiya Chivuti Omme (Fourtuner, Kannada): I haven’t been that impressed with Poornachandra Tejaswi’s body of work yet, but these 2 songs I do like. Oo Deva rides on current blue-eyed boy Sanjith Hegde’s effortless charm, while Shreya Ghoshal is the life of the engaging waltz’y melody in Kaiya Chivuti Omme.

Hey Jaleela (Ambi Ning Vayassaytho, Kannada): The ‘Veesum Kaathodadhaan’ equivalent in the Kannada remake of Pa Paandi (Power Paandi). Good one, by Arjun Janya.

Banjaara (Bogda, Marathi): After Zhumbad, composing duo Siddharth-Soumil have another winner in Banjaara! Vishal Dadlani handles the singing duty beautifully for the wonderfully pleasant rock track with excellent guitar work!

Vaaru Veeru (Devadas, Telugu): I’m glad to see Mani Sharma back to doing big-ticket films; in this case, a Nagarjuna starrer that co-stars Nani! The music is the typical Mani-style swing and is catchy enough, though I’d have liked it to be a bit more inventive. It doesn’t and sticks to a familiar pattern while sounding good.

My My My! & Plum (Bloom, Troye Sivan): I have written about the first single from Troye’s 2nd album (the title song) earlier. The album released last week and promises more of the same! Troye’s music is a pleasant, rhythmic throwback to the 80s pop. The melody in My My My! soars beautifully with the chorus and Troye’s hush-hush singing till then breaks into the hook euphorically. Plum is vintage 80s, with a lovely rhythm and a really catchy music hook!

Sigamos Bailando (Gianluca Vacchi, Luis Fonsi, ft. Yandel): Gianluca Vacchi is a 51 year old Italian millionaire and if you haven’t seen his moves on his Instagram handle (with millions of followers – that Italian millionaire tag goes beyond money too!), you have truly missed something. He now produces music too, with hits like Viento, Love and Trump It! His latest is a collaboration with Luis Fonsi and Yandel. It’s catchy as most Latino dance tracks from Luis Fonsi, with an eye-popping video.

Aatish (Shuja Haider and Aima Baig, Coke Studio Season 11, Episode 4): The banter between Shuja and Aima is the song’s easy highlight. Shuja’s tune places his own part as the softer one in the equation, musically, handing over the more flamboyant and higher notes to Aima… who does a fantastic job!