Movie: Krishnarjuna Yuddham
Cast: Nani, Anupama Parameswaran, Rukshar Mir
Director: Merlapaka Gandhi
Music director: Hiphop Tamizha
1. Turn This Party Up - Hiphop Tamizha, Brodha V
Hiphop Tamizha kickstarts this album with a high-on-energy party Number. Since he is the composer, singer and lyricist of this song, it doesn't need any extra appreciation. Every party animal is sure to enjoy this number to the fullest. With enough rap to pull you on, this is one such track that would have many remixes and find its way into nightclubs.
2. Dhaari Choodu - Penchal Das
Very different from the first track, this song is an out-and-out folk number that brings out the essence of Tollywood in its purest form. With some foot-tapping beats and a simplistic tune, this number is made up of chartbuster material. Penchal Das' rendition is top-class, as his voice is apt for this dance song. Though there's nothing innovative in the tune, it can be enjoyed just for its fun factor. Enjoyable!
3. I Wanna Fly - LV Revanth, Sanjith Hegde
Up next is a romantic number that has a breezy feel right from the beginning. Sung beautifully by LV Revanth and Sanjith Hegde, this song has a lovely tune that is sure to stay on your playlists for a long time. It may even make it to the list of best romantic songs of 2018. Hiphop Tamizha accentuates this number with some enthralling English sections and light folk elements in the first interlude. Perfect number for a long drive with your loved one!
4. Ela Ela - Yazin Nizar
Yet another romantic number that has a effervescent tune. Though it has a heard-before feel, it can work with some listeners. What begins as a slow-paced love song picks up pace from the second interlude with some heavy beats and rich orchestration. The catchphrase 'never let me go...' is catchy and might become an anthem for youngsters in the upcoming days. Yazin Nizar sings with elan and emotes well in all the lines.
5. Urime Manase - Raghu Dixit
It is always a bliss to listen to rock-styled heartbreak songs. This number too joins that bandwagon. Hiphop Tamizha composes a hard-rock tune and peppers it with some brilliant orchestration. Raghu Dixit's hoarse tone works well for the mood of the song. The cacophony of violins in the interludes flows like honey on the ears. Overall, the number has a Bollywood feel and it might appeal to lovers of experimental music. Rock on!
6. Thaaney Vacchindhanaa - Kaala Bhairava, Padmalatha
With some light folk beats and a catchy tune, this is the only duet in the album. The breezy feel is maintained throughout and makes for a pleasant listen on lovey-dovey evenings. Kaala Bhairava croons with ease, while Padmalatha's soft vocals complement him well. However, the song loses steam towards the end and doesn't create the much needed impact.
Hiphop Tamizha's sophomore soundtrack in Telugu is a mixed bag. While some songs work well, some can be easily forgotten in the upcoming days. It's a commendable effort, though!
Rating: *** (3 / 5)
I Wanna Fly, Urime Manase, Dhaari Choodu