Milliblog Weeklies – MAY26.2019

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 74: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
16 songs this week. JioSaavn has 15 and is missing Raakaachi Rangamma from Sivappu Manjal Pachai (surprising since Think Music is very prompt in sharing new music with streaming platforms!). YouTube is a bit of a mess (has 13 songs) since a few songs are inside jukeboxes.

Bekhayali – Kabir Singh (Sachet-Parampara) – Hindi: A great start to the Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. The song has the sweeping, grungy outlook of the original, with a distinctly Bollywood vibe. Sachet Tandon’s singing is a large part of that effect.

Matvaare – India’s Most Wanted (Amit Trivedi): Surprisingly, India’s Most Wanted isn’t something you can say about Amit’s music in the film. The soundtrack has been strangely tepid so far. Even Matvaare has a rhythm that is instantly recognizable as Amit’s, but thankfully, he has a lovely tune and fantastic singers (Jubin Nautiyal and Sanah Moidutty) to bring it to life.

Tere Do Naina – Gourov-Roshin (Hindi): Composing duo Gourov-Roshin have a new 3-song album called Naina. I wasn’t that impressed with Kitthe Jave or Jindri, but the duo get Tere Do Naina very right. Sung by Ankit Tiwari, the song is a haunting melody that could fit right into a Mohit Suri film. Kookie Gulati-directed video too is a good watch, featuring Aparshakti Khurrana!

Kulirudha Pulla – Oththa Seruppu (Santhosh Narayanan) – Tamil: Santhosh’s melody is deeply affecting and even borders on the ominous, particularly the lines in the saranam: “Pagala Paakkaadha Koondhal” and “Kazhuthu Kotoram Yeri”. Sid Sriram’s singing sells most of the emotion, superbly complemented by Sangeetha Karuppiah.

Raakaachi Rangamma – Sivappu Manjal Pachai (Siddhu Kumar) – Tamil: Siddhu’s 2nd song is considerably more inventive than the first. Anitha Karthikeyan’s faux-twang leads the song’s charm. Mohan Rajan’s hilarious lyrics are definitely worth a special mention; I burst out laughing at, “Ranveer-um Ranbir-um mix aaki ketkuraan, ivanoda akka enna Deepika Padukona?”

Kaathellam, Desaandhiri, Manamengum Maaya Oonjal, Theevira Vyaadhi, Venpura, Aasai Mugam & Ullam Uruguthaiyaa – Gypsy (Santhosh Narayanan) – Tamil: Milliblog music review of the soundtrack.

Jeevakilli Jeevabete – D/O Parvathamma (Midhun Mukundan) – Kannada: Pineapple Express’s lead vocalist Karthik Chennoji Rao powers the song and how! The song has an edgy vibe and Midhun’s sound is brilliantly produced to add an enveloping effect over it.

Enthoram & Omanathinkal – Children’s Park (Arun Raj) – Malayalam: Arun Raj of Ningal Camara Nireekshanathilaanu and Oru Pazhaya Bomb Katha fame gets the 2 songs so far in the film very, very right! Enthoram has a lovely Raja’ish feel, particularly in the anupallavi, handled fantastically by Najim Arshad. Omanathinkal starts off deceptively with Mridula Warrier’s soft lullaby, but then the babies wake up and the song picks up a lilting pace! Karthik then takes over with the song efficiently with brilliant support by Francis Xavier’s violin.

Meene Chembulli Meene – Thottappan (Leela L Girish Kuttan) – Malayalam: Girish follows up last week’s Pranthan Kandalin with another excellent song in the film. This one’s Nikhil Mathew’s show, with good support by Josy John’s guitar. The tune takes on fairly unusual turns (particularly in the anupallavi) and that adds to the song’s appeal.