Sunday April 28, 2019

Milliblog Weeklies – APR28.2019

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 70: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
16 songs, this week. JioSaavn playlist has all 16 songs. YouTube is missing only 2 songs, from House Owner (Tamil) since they are inside a jukebox. Have embedded the jukebox below.

Slow Motion – Bharat (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: Incredibly catchy, with a superb thrumming rhythm. Nakash Aziz and Shreya are superb, with the flashy singing needed to prop this tune. My only surprise is the generosity with which lyricist Irshad Kamil uses English words that seem more like a current trend than the 1964 period the song introduces us to – ocean, napkin, setting, relationship, promotion, babies, delay seem a bit out of place, even as heroine, scene and slow motion seem normalized given their use in Hindi cinema.

Dil Aziz – Subhash Kumar, Dheeraj Kumar Gupta ft. The Mellow Turtle, Tre Ess (Hindi): Sung by fifteen-year-old Dheeraj Kumar Gupta and penned by fourteen-year-old Subhash Kumar, the interesting fact is that both of them are visually-impaired students of St. Michaels School for the Blind, from Jharkhand! The song is created by hip-hop producers The Mellow Turtle (Rishabh Lohia) and Tre Ess (Sumit Singh Solanki). The sound is ambient and a strong pitch for folk-rock, with fantastic instruments thrown in for good measure. Dheeraj’s soaring voice holds everything together very impressively!

Fakira – Student Of The Year 2 (Vishal-Shekhar) – Hindi: The only other song that worked for me, barring the remix of R.D.Burman’s Jawani Diwani. The composing duo’s tune is a energetic Punjabi folk number that makes some really interesting instrumental choices, besides the familiar Punjabi folk ones. The melody is also unusual since it treads unpredictable turns that Sanam Puri and Neeti Mohan handle confidently.

Jilebara – Thumbaa (Vivek-Mervin) – Tamil: Vivek-Mervin seem to have created the entire song around that massively addictive Jilebara hook and that gamble pays off very well. Apart from Ku.Karthik’s nonsense verse, the song, musically, works effortlessly.

Ye Di Raasathi – 100 (Sam C.S) – Tamil: I was dismayed at the mindlessness of the film’s first song, Agulu Bagulu, an unabashedly outmoded hero-worship/hero-intro song. Thankfully, Ye Di Raasathi fares better. It has the X-factor you expect from Sam’s music, including an imaginative layering of Kavita Thomas’s rap portions and Kishore’s sitar!

Lesa Lesa – Devarattam (Nivas K Prasanna) – Tamil: Devarattam is a surprisingly tepid soundtrack from the otherwise promising Nivas. The only song that worked for me (barring the partly-worked Ulagam Unna Vittu by Vijay Yesudas) is Lesa Lesa. Handled beautifully by Chinmayi (and backing vocals by Nivas himself, I guess), the song’s wonderful thrum and melody is a lovely combination.

Nayaname Nayaname & Saayamal Saaigindra – House Owner (Ghibran) – Tamil: A surprisingly short Tamil soundtrack from Ghibran with just 3 songs. If last week’s Neeyagave was brilliant, he produces 2 more highly listenable songs! Nayaname Nayaname, the hugely melodious and pleasant song, is Sathyaprakash’s solo show, while Benny Dayal rules the fantastic jazz sound in Saayamal Saaigindra.

Bikki Likki – K13 (Sam C.S) – Tamil: Sam seems to be all over the place! But he also seems to be overdoing his moody, haunted sound with 2 more songs in this soundtrack. The solace is Bikki Likki, featuring nonsense verse by Sam himself, alongside Barath Neelakantan. The song does have its moments in the anupallavi with a cool disco-pop sound.

Muntha Kallu & America Naa America – ABCD (Judah Sandhy) – Telugu: After the fantastic Mellaga, Judah follows up his Telugu debut with 2 more solid songs. Tirupati Jaavana’s is superb handling Telugu folk tune in Muntha Kallu, that comes alive with imaginative phrases like ‘Ha Fillaa Boooom’ and ‘Singa Naa Boooom’ even as the song picks up pace wonderfully. In America Naa America, Benny Dayal and Sanjith Hegde hold forth admirably with a tune that falls perfectly in Benny’s non-film musical pursuits.

Sampaddhoy Nanne – 7 (Chaitan Bharadwaj) – Telugu: Chaitan Bharadwaj of RX100 fame! Very pleasant and softly lilting melody, and lovely singing by Madhushree.

Kaattil Veezha – Uyare (Gopi Sundar) – Malayalam: Gopi is on a spree! Uyare has lovely songs already and this new one fits perfectly, with its serene melody beautifully sung by Shakthisree Gopalan. While Sumesh Parameshwar’s guitar work does stand out, I wish they had credited the person behind the wonderful rhythm with an instrument I couldn’t place – sounded like a djembe. That sound stays long after you stop playing the song!

Me – Taylor Swift, ft. Brendon Urie: A splash of pastel shades in the eclectic music video aside, this is the fast food equivalent of music – great while it lasts. The steady marching beat keeps the song consistently likeable, besides the frothy ‘me-ee-eee’ vocals.

Longshot – Catfish and the Bottlemen: An anthemic track from the Welsh rockers. Shades of Coldplay too.

Brave – Don Diablo, Jessie J: Jessie’s fantastic range rules over Don Diablo’s soulful melody with a superb hook. The synth is pulsating, and produced so well.



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