Sunday July 19, 2020

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 119 – Jul.19, 2020

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 119: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
A short, 10-song playlist this week. YouTube has all 10 songs, while the JioSaavn playlist has 8.

Yun Kyun – Shashwat Singh (Indipop): After his playback repertoire, Shashwat debuts as an independent music composer and singer! The song’s easy and fresh vibe, his impeccable singing, the occasional retro phrases and the background electronic layer makes it a great listen.

Barse Badariya – Nikhita Gandhi (Indipop): Nikhita’s rendition of this familiar Meera bhajan reminded me of Rahman’s Nila Kaaigirathu from Indira. The feel is equally light and feathery, in terms of vocals (that one was by Harini), and Nikhita’s arrangements too complement that tone beautifully.

Ek Tarfa – Darshan Raval (Indipop/Hindi): A nice, lilting Pakistani-pop style melody. Darshan is, as always, very good with the singing, and composes this too. It’s a bit more mopey lyrically than what I usually can tolerate, but the music makes it listenable 🙂

Chellamma – Doctor (Anirudh) – Tamil: The song, written by hero Sivakarthikeyan himself, starts off normally enough, but with/from the ‘Mezhugu doll nee’ phrase, Anirudh amps up the kick in the song much like how he did in Gang Leader’s title song. That film too had Priyanka in the lead, by the way, and featured Anirudh himself in the promotional video 🙂

The Bengaluru Song – French Biriyani (Vasuki Vaibhav) – Kannada: A superb ode to Bengaluru, the city I made my home and call home now, since 2000. Aditi Sagar’s rap portions are the song’s highlight, while Vasuki’s spritely music is a joy to listen to.

Happy Song – Law (Vasuki Vaibhav) – Kannada: The second Kannada song by Vasuki this week where the film is going straight-to-OTT on Amazon Prime. Vasuki and Madhuri Seshadri sing an enjoyable tune that has a winsome chorus amping up the happiness factor.

Genda Phool: Pahari Version – Priyanka Meher & Rongpaz, Badshah (Indipop): Despite and beyond the controversies over credits, I love the song. So, I find this Pahari version really, really good, and timely. At a time when people from North East are facing a completely misguided hatred given the anti-China sentiment, bringing them to the mainstream through music is a welcome move. Very well-timed and incredibly catchy as well!

Kurta Pajama – Tony Kakkar (Indipop/Punjabi): A typically Tony Kakkar song that includes a prominent easy-on-the-ear hook that is hard to ignore. It’s simple and catchy, and addictive.

Girlfriend – Charlie Puth: A phenomenally catchy, retro-vibe that sweeps through the song that is so fresh in the sound. The synth notes and Charlie’s perfect falsetto vocals, all add significant charm!

Smile – Katy Perry: Upbeat and expansive sound that signifies the stature of the singer she is – it’s larger-than-life and wonderfully delivered!

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