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Tunes Weekly: Kisa Paathiyil, Thalakaalu Puriyalaiyae and more | Top 5 songs

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Hello there! Tunes Weekly calls your attention to a mix of five songs – our find from last week. Play them and write a feedback to us.

Kisa Paathiyil (Kismath)

Sushin Shyam of 'The Down Troddence' does just one song for Kismath and walks away with top honors. 'Kisa Paathiyil' is an outstanding melody and easily the pick of the album. Sachin Balu breathes soul into this track and his emotive rendition gets the agony of love to sting us, and quite painfully too. The pensive sufi-ish chorus is the highlight and I was hoping that I would hear it for a second time in the song, but Sushin is not one to overuse the magic. The keyboard player and programmer of a thrash metal band, Sushin Shyam wins our hearts with this exquisite melody.

Kurumbathi (Ann Maria Kalippilaanu)

A minimum guarantee is an assurity given for a song when it is made by the best buddies of Mollywood – Shaan Rahman and Vineeth Sreenivasan. The composer and the singer don't disappoint us this time as well. 'Kurumbathi Chundari Nee' from Ann Maria Kalippilaanu is a fun track which has Shaan throwing in his melody elements in just the right quantities. Vineeth sounds effortless in his singing, which is boosted by lively percussion and a jovial chorus. 'Kurumbathi' is high on happiness quotient.

Thalakaalu Puriyalaiyae (Kidaari)

Darbuka Siva, the man who wears many hats, has arrived – this time in film music! He has been in the music scene for quite sometime (check out his works in Yodhakaa and La Pongal) and has shown us how talented and versatile he is. This song from Kidaari starts with a lovely, brief verse rendered by Anitha K. And, just when we're all set to drift away with that serene flow, Siva quickly shifts the mood of the song initiating some chic bass and brass while Anitha continues to sing charmingly. A stupendous nadaswaram-thavil combo rules the loop before the charanam. Velmurugan's earthy vocals are on par with Anitha. The track scores high for its perfect mix of folk and jazz music. 'Thalakaalu Puriyalaiyae' is an extremely impressive work from Darbuka Siva, and we can't stop listening to this song!

Soppanasundari (Veera Sivaji)

Composer D. Imman is one musician who uses the potential of singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi to outstanding effect. Remember 'Idarkuthaane Aasaipattai' of Romeo and Juliet?

He does that again here, in 'Soppanasundari', an item song (rechristened as dance number or special song now) for upcoming Tamil film Veera Sivaji. Credits also go to instrumentalist Manonmani whose sarangi is prominent throughout the song. The fabulous Vijayalakshmi owns this fun track. The lyrics are written by Arunraja Kamaraj (yes, the 'Nerippu Da' singer).

Aalayal Thara Venam (Masala Coffee)

The band Masala Coffee doesn't need an introduction anymore. Here, they produce a wonderful version of the evergreen poem 'Aalayal Thara Venam', written by the late Kavalam Narayana Panicker and composed by his son Kavalam Sreekumar. The eastern violin portion in the beginning ensures that it's a Masala Coffee song alright. Sooraj Santhosh and Varun Sunil are brilliant as usual on the vocals, and their instrumentalists do a splendid job as well. The song is creative, rich in terms of musical arrangement and can get addictive. The band keeps the tune of the song intact even while adding superb improvisations. This gem of a song is an apt tribute to the legendary Kavalam Panicker. You would love the video too. Again, Tunes Weekly is super proud that it featured yet another indie music work from Kerala.

Bonus track

Here's a great initiative. As per the video description, children from underprivileged backgrounds in Chennai are singing songs of A.R. Rahman and Ilayaraja. You'd love it.

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