Apart from A.R.Rahman’s ‘Bigil’, that had a massive audio launch and Justin Prabhakaran’s ‘Nadodigal 2’ (the 1st single released in July), there were a slew of smaller films that had their music released in the 2nd fortnight of September.
Ayil Vizhi Kalvane – Un Kadhal Irundhal – M A Babji – Mango Music
‘Ayil’ (translates to sharp or piercing), is an interesting choice of word to describe the male leads eyes. The lyrics are by Prabakaran Amudhan and suit the mood of the song well. M.M.Manasi’s charming vocals are apt and Babji’s arrangements are neat.
Rating – 7/10
Paga Paga – Naadodigal 2 – Justin Prabhakaran – Sony Music South
The inherent musicality in the hook ‘Paga Paga’ and the usage of rhyming syllables (lyrics by Yugabharathi) is what holds this song together and adds to the headiness of the track. Justin adds a pulsating electric guitar layer and Mark Thomas provides the much-needed punch with his vocals. This song should gain better reach with the film’s release.
Rating – 8/10
Raila Raila – Nadodigal 2 – Justin Prabhakaran – Sony Music South
Justin ropes in fellow composer Achu Rajamani to sing this pleasing melody and Achu in the company of a lovely chorus aces the rendition. The Nadhaswaram portions and the percussion ensemble (that even mimics a moving train at times) deserve mention.
Rating – 7/10
The ‘Rain Version’ of the 1st single ‘Adhuva Adhuva’, that we featured in our July list, is essentially the same till the halfway mark, but takes an interesting turn and makes for a good listen as well. ‘Aana Varudha Paarungadi’ starts well (with interesting lyrics) in the traditional ‘Kummi’ style but meanders.
Tamizhi – Independent release – Hiphop Tamizha
This is a song that has its heart in the right place. It is part of the official music video for the research documentary (upcoming web series) based on the ‘Evolution of Tamizh Writing Script’. The video outlines the evolved lifestyle of the ancient Tamizh land through literary and archaeological references and is shot well. Anthony Daasan anchors the song well with his vocals. The rap portions are good but the song is underwhelming as an overall package.
Rating – 6/10
Nilamellam – Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu – Tenma – Think Music India
This is a very unique song that features raw vocals of ‘Therukootthu’ (street play) artists and is its biggest asset. The vocals are credited to Chitrasenan, Arivu, Gana Muthu & Ezhumalai. This song may not appeal initially to those not familiar with the genre. If you like the ‘gaana’ (a musical genre that originated in North Chennai) genre you may find this song interesting as well. The song picks up post the 2-minute mark with the introduction of the vibrant tabla/dholak percussions and that throbbing bass. It is good to see a debutant composer experimenting with such genres and he builds it up beautifully. The lyrics by Uma Devi detail the exploitation of the labour class and warrant a special mention.
“We till this land with our sweat,
Grief and pain is all that’s left (for us),
Our dreams wait at our doorsteps,
Oh! When will they ever be realised”
Rating – 8/10
Nee Mayakkura – Taana – Vishal Chandrashekar – Think Music India
Sinduri Vishal’s playful rendition is the clear highlight of this number, especially the ‘Pappapaara’ reprise. The lively strings performed by the Chennai Strings Orchestra and arranged by Sriram complements the song well
Rating – 6/10
Unakaga – Bigil – A R Rahman – Sony Music South
This is a throwback to the Rahman of Maryaan days and evokes pleasant memories of ‘Innum Konja Neram’. The tune appeals instantly and Sreekanth Hariharan and Madhura Dhara Talluri are fantastic. Kareem Kamalakar’s flute, Punya Srinivas’ Veena and the Chennai Strings Orchestra (conducted by Prabakar) come together beautifully.
‘Maathare’ the other song from the film to release this fortnight has a serene chant-like sound to it and gains immensely from Vivek’s thought-provoking lyrics.
Soththumoottai (Food Song) – Puppy – Dharan Kumar – Sony Music South
When a song features RJ Balaji behind the mic and Mirchi Vijay writing the lyrics you can more or less guess the outcome. This is a fun song that tips a hat to the many local food joints in Chennai. Dharan gets the tune right and Vijay’s lyrics (the ‘Ajinomoto’ & ‘Sukka Poori’ references are hilarious) are on the dot. The song works for the concept and execution, despite the heavily autotuned vocals. Good fun, especially if you are a foodie!
Rating – 7/10
Morattu Kannukkaari – Mrs.Pachaikili – Vibin R – Trend Music
This is a lively folk tune and Anthony Daasan beatboxes and sings it with the right punch. But the diction is all over the place. One is left wondering if it is the same singer who sang ‘Tamizhi’ (the diction was way better in that one).
Rating – 5/10
Doctor turned rapper Iykki Berry’s (‘Iykkiya’ a fan of Katy Perry) and composer Dev Major’s ‘Enna Paathathum’ is a catchy track that is let down by an average music video, but is definitely a good attempt in the genre. The 2 songs that released from Aruvam (SS Thaman) have nothing new on offer. ‘Yen Minukki’ from Asuran (GV Prakash Kumar) works briefly for the choice of singers (TeeJay Arunasalam & Chinmayi Sripada) and the title hook. Ghibran’s single ‘Malarudhu Pudhu Naale’ for Petromax is a letdown.
Despite the number of releases, the outcome was quite middling. Here is hoping that the upcoming festive season has a lot more on offer.