Heavy Rotation: Anil Johnson, Arrol Corelli, Charan Raj, Rachita Arora & S. Thaman

As much as the singles craze in India is driving me nuts, making it incredibly hard to keep up with new releases, I am all for it if it makes music all the more accessible and widely available... Drumming up publicity after all matters!

Piriyum Naam (Anil Johnson) - Aadhi is quite a so-so show, barring Piriyum Naam that is, a minimalist strings-backed melody sung to perfection by Najim Arshad.

Anthimaanam, Anthikevarikente, Vaanamakalunnuvo (Gopi Sundar) - A largely familiar-sounding effort from Gopi Sundar despite the melody heavy tunes, but Nandini Srikar once again turns out to be the USP of the somber, soaring melody Anthimaanam.

Bohot Dukha Mann (Rachita Arora) - Mukkabaaz is every bit the wacky soundtrack you would expect from Anurag Kashyap, this time roping in Rachita Arora, who also composed for Newton, for what's a trippy folk ride, with the semi-classical tune Bohot Dukha Mann emerging the stunning standout.

Mandaara, Oka Nuvvu (S. Thaman) - Shreya Ghoshal back in what she does best, singing a lovely semi-classical melody, continuing Thaman's impressive streak as a composer. Oka Nuvvu's hook especially harks back to Achu's Ra Ra Krishnayya.

Jeeva Sakhi (Charan Raj) - Tagaru is Charan Raj striking a balance between mainstream and classical elements, and Jeeva Sakhi, a hypnotic melody sung by the composer himself, is the soundtrack's undisputed highpoint.

Annaanthu Paar (Arrol Corelli) - Arrol goes for a sedate piano-laden soundscape that's sheer eargasm in this tuneful melody from Savarakathi!

Yaar Ival (Thameem Ansari) - Another gorgeous melody rooted in Carnatic music, set to tune by Ansari for the film Mangai Maanvizhi Ambhugal, and sung by Sathyaprakash.

Verrattaama Verratturiye, Pogaadhey Kanmaniye (Leon James) - I gave Veera a listen back in early 2017, but never got around to actually writing a review. Now that the film is finally gearing up for release, now is as good a time as any. Leon, if anything, appears to be settling into a soundscape of his own, and while that's not a bad thing per se, it does make it all sound a tad repetitive. That said, the pathos-soaked melody Verrattaama... and the folky Pogaadhey... are mighty engaging despite the largely familiar tunes they ride on.