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Milliblog Weeklies, Week 121 – Aug.02, 2020

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 121: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
19 songs this week – another bumper musical week, like last week! Both playlists have all the songs, in a happy surprise!

Sajan Bin, Mastiyaapa, Chedkhaniyaan, Couple Goals, Dhara Hogi, Garaj Garaj Jugalbandi, Garaj Garaj, Virah, Labb Par Aaye – Bandish Bandits (Shankar Ehsaan Loy) – Hindi: My music review of this fantastic soundtrack.

Jaan Ban Gaye – Khuda Haafiz (Mithoon) – Hindi: Mithoon’s lasting legacy, beyond everything he has scored and continues to score, would remain the 2 songs he composed for Anwar – Maula Mere and Tose Naina Lage. Jaan Ban Gaye gently touches upon Maula Mere to produce pleasant memories of that classic and continues to delight with its moody, melodic sound. Asees Kaur is particularly fantastic with her part, while Vishal Mishra is predictably good too.

Beech Raaste – Salim Sulaiman (ft. Armaan Malik & Nikhita Gandhi) – Indipop/Hindi: A song that could have easily been in the soundtrack of Band Baaja Baaraat. Salim and Sulaiman may not be composing for movies actively but have kept their lively, enjoyable sound alive through singles like this. Very upbeat and good fun!

Karmugile – Sathyaprakash (Indipop/Tamil): After his earlier single from June, Vaaren Odi Vaaren, singer Sathyaprakash proves once more that his interest in composing, and not just singing, is here to stay! The melody he composes this time is even better than the last time – a wonderfully soft and lilting tune that gains tremendously from his singing. Abinandhan R’s guitars too add a lot of charm to the song.

Rakita Rakita Rakita – Jagame Thandhiram (Santhosh Narayanan) – Tamil: This is one heck of a ‘mass’ song, as they say in Tamil Nadu 🙂 Santhosh layers an instantly dance-worthy brass-led sound to help him, Dhanush and Dhee power the captivating tune. Santhosh’s and Dhanush’s raw voices add to the song’s lively feel, while Dhee makes a superb entry mid-way. Lyricist Vivek runs riot too in the background, with whistle-worthy lines like, “Enna thokkadikka oruthan mattum varuvaane” and ending it with “Mannikanum maamse… ada avanum inga naandhaane” 🙂

Engenge Theduven – Manja Satta Pacha Satta (Ganesh Raghavendra) – Tamil: How would it sound if Chandrababu sang in an electro-swing song? That seems to be the idea behind Ganesh Raghavendra’s song here that he himself sings, along with Krishna. The first one minute stays true to Chandrababu’s style and period, but the song leaps forward in style to the electro-swing style at that point and gets snazzy and catchy!

Aanandam & Repavalu – Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya (Bijibal) – Telugu: I had mentioned back in March, while noting Bijibal’s Telugu debut (and the song, Ningi Chutte) how the Telugu remake of Maheshinte Prathikaaram seems closer to the original than the Tamil remake starring Udhayanidhi and directed by Priyadarshan! To see the Telugu remake, from an industry known to revel in its over-the-top flashiness, be as understated as the Malayalam original, and Tamil going over-the-top for a change is a nice twist. The full soundtrack now cements that further – the Tamil version had really good music, but the soundtrack did not specifically map to the original in any – but the Telugu soundtrack maps almost directly to the original and is also composed by the original composer: 4 songs in each!

Repavalu’s approach seems almost exactly similar to Theliveyil too, incidentally, using the Christian hymnal sound. Sangeetha Srikanth and Bijibal himself sing this one that sounds straight out of Bijibal’s Malayalam repertoire that I wonder why he even chose a different tune! Aanandam, however, is more like Ningi Chutte, with Bijibal working harder to incorporate a more Telugu sound, particularly that background rhythm.

O Kalala Kathala Reprise – Dear Comrade (Justin Prabhakaran) – Telugu: This is a superb surprise to mark the first year of the film! A new version of the soundtrack’s best song, sung by Bombay Jayashri and Vijay Yesudas (originally sung by Sathyaprakash and Chinmayi Sripada), where the female voice leads the song, unlike the original. Justin’s tune remains a compelling listen even now.

Mayanagaraa – Lalbagh (Rahul Raj) – Kannada: Yes, the film is called Lalbagh and is set in Bengaluru, but to expect the makers to include a full-fledged Kannada song, that too composed by Rahul Raj, is a wonderful surprise! Sulekha Kapadan sings it in diva-style, gloriously enunciating each word that she herself has written along with Sruthi Uthappa.

Taragele Samsara – Kaalachakra (Gurukiran) – Kannada: Just when we are warming up to the new blood in Kannada film music, veteran Gurukiran dashes into the scene with a searing Shiva number done in total style! The manic rhythm in the background and Kailash Kher’s high-pitched singing along with the powerful chorus lifts the song tremendously.

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