Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Music Roundup - 2016

Music Roundup - 2016

2016 has come to an end and successfully I've continued my full-fledged music reviews across the regional languages. The number of album reviewed in this blog is comparatively same as that of last year while Tamil and Telugu dominated in counts as basically, I'm fluent in this two south Indian languages. Once again Tamil and Kannada industry churned out interesting albums this year and surprisingly Malayalam music industry remains low key while Hindi film industry certainly has some enticing albums but still lags behind when compared to southern music scenario. Telugu audience as well as industry continues to embrace commercial song format with an occasional respite from few composers who wish to experiment.

Tamil:

    Tamil movie industry witnessed high-quality albums released in 2016 when compared to other languages and consistently young music directors dropped their best this year. Music composer of the year is shared by two composers: Santosh Narayanan and Imman. Santosh Narayanan gave prolific music output in Irudhi Suttru, Kabali, Kodi, Kaashmora and Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum. Though Imman didn't give complete solid album, it's very difficult to shrug away his melodies this year and the composer has the knack in churning out soulful Ilayaraja'esque melody tracks with aplomb consistency.
    AR Rahman continues to push boundaries with Acham Enbadhu Madamaiyada and 24 while Ilayaraja gave hard hitting soundtrack for Bala's Thaarai Thappattai. Ghibran is relatively low key this year with just one album in his kitty while Anirudh delivers wonderful Rum and an average Remo. Harris Jayaraj remains to lie well within his musical universe and continues to tweaking his limited repertoire sounds this year also with Irumugan and Singam 3. Yuvan Shankar Raja makes his comeback with the brilliant album Nenjam Marapathillai.
   The young composers who steal the Tamil music Industry this year is undeniably Niva K Prasanna, Sean Roldan and Darbuka Siva for their Zero, Joker and Kidaari respectively.

Composer of the year : Santosh Narayanan and Imman

Top 3 Albums:

1) Joker - Sean Roldan
2) Kabali -  Santosh Narayanan
3) Kidaari - Darbuka Shiva

Top Tamil Songs of 2016

1)  Maya Nadhi - Kabali - Santosh Narayanan
2)  Kannamma - Rekka - Imman
3)  Raasaali - Acham Enbadhu Madamaiyada - A R Rahman
4)  Paaruruvaaya - Thaarai Thappattai - Ilayaraja
5)  Ey Sandakkara - Irudhi Suttru - Santosh Narayanan
6)  Nee Uravaga - Paambu Sattai - Ajesh
7)  Chellamma - Joker - Sean Roldan
8)  Veredhuvum Nijame Illai - Zero - Nivas K Prasanna
9)  Vaadi Vaadi - Chennai 2 Singapore - Ghibran
10)  Thala Kaalu Puriyala - Kidaari - Darbuka Shiva
11) Kannadikala - Maaveera Kittu - Imman
12) En Pondaati - Nenjam Marappathillai - Yuvan Shankar Raja.
13) Elanda Pazham - Aandavan Kattalai - K
14) Hola Amigo - Rum - Anirudh Ravichander
15) Kaantha - Uriyadi - Masala Coffee

Songs worth mentioning:

16) Mei Nigara - 24 - A R Rahman
17) Halena - Irumugan - Harris Jayaraj
18) Sirukki Vaasam - Kodi - Santosh Narayanan
19) Yaenadi - Adhagapatta Mahajanangaley - Imman
20) Aval - Manithan - Santosh Narayanan
21) Nenjorathil - Pitchai Kaaran - Vijay Antony
22) Mazhai Ingillaye - Ammani - K
23) Azhaghu Kutti Chellam (Reprise) - Azhaghu Kutti Chellam - Ved Shankar
24) Kadhal Kolludhadi - Ennul Aayiram - Gopi Sundar
25) Mazhayil - Sawaari - Vishal Chandrasekhar
26) Mirutha Mirutha - Miruthan - Imman
27) Pesu Pesu - Uchathula Shiva - Vidyasagar
28) Ni sa Ga ri sa - Darling 2 - Radhan
29) Nee Indri - Kootathil Oruvan - Nivas K Prasanna
30) Snegithiye - Raja Mandhiri - Justin Prabhakaran

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.

Hindi:

    Amit Trivedi continues his splendid work in 2016 also with Fitoor, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, However the veteran trio Shankar Eshaan Loy easily scores the best composer of the year with single solid exceptional album Mirzya and the composer trio showcased their complete potential in this folk filled soundtrack. A R Rahman's Mohenjodaro, despite the quality album, songs had far lesser reach among the people while Ram Sampath dropped in wonderful Raman Raghav 2. Pritam easily scored with ear-friendly album Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and ends the year on high note with folksy Dangal while Vishal Shekhar had a brilliant run this year from Sultan to Befikre. Clinton Cerejo made his debut as a composer with the musical Jugni and continues his prolific output with Teen and Kahaani 2 also.

Composer of the year : Shankar Ehsaan Loy - Mirzya:

Top 3 Albums of 2016

1) Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
2) Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
3) Jugni - Clinton Cerejo

Top Hindi Songs of 2016

1) Hone Do Batiyan - Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
2) Aave Re Hitchki - Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
3) Ikk Kudi - Udta Punjab - Amit Trivedi
4) Dugg Duggi Dugg - Jugni - Clinton Cerejo
5) Ek Nadi Thi - Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
6) Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Pritam
7) Sarsariya - Mohenjo Daro - A R Rahman
8) Kar Gayi Chull - Kapoor and Sons - Amaal Malik
9) Quatl- E - Aam - Raman Raghav 2 - Ram Sampath
10) Shehar Mehboob Hai Ji - Cute Kameena - Krsna
11) Haminastu - Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
12) Dhanak - Dhanak - Tapas Relia
13) Tere bin - Wazir - Shantanu Moitra
14) Hoi Kiw - Rock On 2 - Shanka Ehsaan Loy
15) Jag Ghoomeya - Sultan - Vishal Shekhar

Songs worth mentioning:

16) Ji Huzoori - Ki and Ka - Mithoon
17) Gilehriyaan - Dangal - Pritam
18) Dil Ye Ladaku - Saala Khadoos - Santosh Narayanan
19) Udan Choo - Banjo - Vishal Shekhar
20) Tera Chehra - Sanam Teri Kasam - Himesh Reshammiya
21)  Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le - Dear Zindagi - Amit Trivedi
22)  Barsan Laaghi - Sarbjit - Shail- Pritesh
23) Rock Tha Party - Rocky Handsome - Bombay Rockers
24) Dheere Dheere - Jai Gangaajal - Salim Sulaiman
25)  Kyun Re - Te3n - Clinton Cerejo
26)  Zara Zara - Waiting - Mikey Mccleary
27) Kaari Kaari - Pink - Shantanu Moitra
28) Aisa Kyun Maa - Neerja -  Vishal Khurana
29) Je Taime - Befikre - Vishal Shekhar
30) Soch Na Sakhe - Airlift - Amaal Malik

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist. 

Telugu:

    Telugu Music industry is dominated by Thaman and Devi Sri Prasad as usual and they continue to regurgitate their usual annoying commercial templates and for inexplicable reasons, Telugu audience continues to patronize the albums from this so called top composers in Telugu. Ghibran, one of the highly inventive composers in Tamil, surprisingly align his music to the commercial formats resulting in the underwhelming output from the composer in Babu Bangaram and Hyper. However Gopi Sundar continues his fantastic albums in Telugu with Majnu, Seethamma Andhalu Ramayya Sitralu and to some extent in Oopiri, which makes him the composer of the year in Telugu. Navneeth Sundar made brilliant debut in Telugu with Guppedantha Prema while Vivek Sagar produces sparkling music in Pelli Choopulu and Sheesh Mahal. Vishal ChandraSekhar and Hip Hop Tamizha made their presence felt with Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Katha and Dhruva respectively.

Composer of the year : Gopi Sundar - Majnu, Seethamma Andaalu Ramayya Sitralu

Top Telugu Albums of 2016

1) Majnu - Gopi Sundar
2) Sahasam Swasaga Saagipo - AR Rahman

Top Telugu Songs of 2016

1) Paravasame - Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu - Gopi Sundar
2) Sakhiya Sakhiya - Guppedantha Prema - Navneeth Sundar
3) Evare - Premam - Rajesh Murugesan
4) Nuvvante Naa - Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Katha - Vishal Chandrasekhar
5) Jaare Jaare - Majnu - Gopi Sundar
6) Chakori - Saahasam Swasaga Saagipo - AR Rahman
7) Oorike Ala - Majnu - Gopi Sundar
8) Chali Gaali - Gentleman - Manisharma
9) Oka Lalana - Jyo Achyutananda - Kalyan Koduri
10) Okka Nakshatram - Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu - Gopi Sundar 
11) Manasantha Meghamai - Kalyana Vaibhoghame - Kalyan Koduri
12) Ee Babu Gariki - Pelli Choopulu - Vivek Sagar
13) Mallela Vaanala - Babu Bangaram - Ghibran
14) Vachindi Kada Avakasam - Brahmotsavam - Mickey J Meyer
15) Title Song - Mana Oori Ramyana - Ilayaraja  

Songs Worth mentioning:

16) Chitramainadi - Savitri - Shravan
17) Yegirenay Yegirenay - Okka Ammayi Thappa - Mickey J Meyer
18) Vellipoke Shyamala - A Aa - Mickey J Meyer
19) Entha Chitram - Dwaraka - Sai Karthik
20) Title Song - Srirastu Subhamastu - Thaman
21) Egire Oohalake - Rojulu Marayi - JB
22) Ayyo Ayyo - Oopiri - Gopi Sundar
23) Blockbuster - Sarrainodu - Thaman
24) Ompula Dhaniya - Hyper - Ghibran
25) Crazy Feeling - Nenu Sailaja - Devi Sri Prasad
26) Pranaamam - Janatha Garage - Devi Sri Prasad
27) Follow Follow - Nannaku Prematho - Devi Sri Prasad
28) Nee Chepakallu - Saradar Gabbar Singh - Devi Sri Prasad
29) Pareshanuraa - Dhruva - Hip Hop Tamizha
30) O Manase - Shourya - Vedaa K

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.

Malayalam:
       
       Malayalam Music Scenario is relatively low key when compared to spectacular music from the industry previous year. Bijibal and Gopi Sundar, two prolific composers from the industry has very few albums to offer this year. Sooraj S Kurup made a fantastic debut with Vallem Thetti Pulleem Thetti while multi-composer soundtrack works beautifully for Kismath. M Jayachandran delivered brilliant sincere classical soundtrack Kamboji. Sachin Warrier, singer turned composer shows his finesse in Aanandam.

Composer of the year : Sooraj S Kurup - Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti

Top Malayalam Albums of 2016

1) Vallem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
2) Kismath - Sumesh Parameswar, Sushin Shyam, Shamej Sreedhar
3) Kamboji - M Jayachandran

Top Malayalam Songs of 2016

1) Kisa Paathiyil - Kismath - Sushin Shyam
2) Pularkaalam pole- Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
3) Idukki - Maheshinte Prathikaaram - Bijibal
4) Manogatham Bhavan - Anuraga Karikkin Vellam - Prashant Pillai
5) Chenthar Nermukil - Kamboji - M Jayachandran
6) Edhu Meghamaari - Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho - Shaan Rahman
7) Vaarthinkale - Kali - Gopi Sundar
8) Pookal Panineer - Action Hero Biju - Jerry Amaldev
9) Kaathirunna Pakshi Njaan - Kammattipaadam - K
10) Kathangal Kinavil - Darvinte Parinamam - Shankar Sharma
11) Thennal Nilavinte - Oru Muthassi Gadha - Shaan Rahman
12) Chillu Raanthal - Kali - Gopi Sundar
13) Kannukal Kalidari - Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
14) Nilaavil Ellame - Aanandam - Sachin Warrier
15) Irakkam Varaamal - Kamboji - M Jayachandran
16) Oonjalilaadi - Action Hero Biju - Jerry Amaldev
17) Ta Ta Tang - Darvinte Parinamam - Shankar Sharma
18) Thiruvaavaniraavu - Jacobinte Swargarajyam - Shaan Rahman
19) Vaanam Mele - Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho - Sooraj S Kurup
20) Para Para - Kammattipaadam - John P Varkey
21) Chil Chinchilamai - Thoppil Joppan - Vidyasagar
22) Virinja Poonkurunne - Guppy - Vishnu Vijay
23) Ee Khalbitha - IDI - Rahull Raj
24) Oru Vela - White - Rahul Raj
25) Halli Sreehalli - Mudhugauv - Rahul Raj

You can listen to the songs as Saavn Playlist.

Kannada:

    After Tamil, Kannada music Industry witnessed spectacular music quality this year and compared to previous year, I was able to listen to considerable Kannada songs this year. Charan Raj is a undeniably composer of the year and the composer delivered two fine soundtracks this year Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykaatu and Pushpaka Vimana. The diverse range of songs in both of these soundtracks is ample proof for this composer's finesse while Ajaneesh Loknath continues to dominate commercial soundtrack this year from Akira to Srikanta while Arjun Janya delivered the fitting soundtrack for Mungaru Male Sequel.

Composer of the year : Charan Raj - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu, Pushpaka Vimana 

Top Kannada Albums of 2016:

1) Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykaattu - Charan Raj
2) Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
3) Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya

Top Kannada songs of 2016

1) Ale Moodadhe - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu - Charan Raj
2) Thangali - Ishtakamya - Ajaneesh Loknath
3) Mugilu Belmugilu - Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
4) Gamanisu - Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya
5) Nee Nangoskara - Ishtakamya - Ajaneesh Loknath
6) Komala Henne - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu - Charan Raj
7) Allale Arrare - Devara Nadalli - Hamsalekha
8) Hey Hudugaru Yella - Akira - Ajaneesh Loknath
9) Mugilu Matte Matte - Puta Tirugesi Nodi - Dheerendra Doss
10) Jilka Jilka - Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
11) Marula Run Anthony - Manikanth Kadri
12) News Nodi - Rama Rama Re - Vasuki Vaibhav
13) Neenire Saniha - Kirik Party - Ajaneesh Loknath
14) Kanna Sanneyindale - Akira - Ajaneesh Loknath
15) Sariyaagi - Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya
16) Kalkond Bitte - Sundaranga Jaana - Ajaneesh Loknath
17) Aaha Identha - Niruttara - Niladri Kumar
18) Saaluthillave - Kotigobba 2 - Imman
19) Jhanak Jhanak - Run Anthony - Manikanth Kadri
20) Muddu Pori - Sippaayi - Ajaneesh Loknath

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.