Music Briefs: Aatakuntu Lekkakilla, Chhichhore, Dream Girl, Ittymaani: Made In China, Jodi, Love Action Drama, Magamuni & Parineeta

New music from Arko, Shaan Rahman, Nobil Paul, Thaman and Pritam Chakraborty...

Ittymaani: Made In China - Mohanlal's 2006 film Mahasamudram had a superb melody Kando Kando set to tune by M. Jayachandran. But in its second avatar, Kando Kando gets a more blues'y treatment from Deepak Dev accompanied by ukuleles, harps and guitars. What's more, Mohanlal himself sings it alongside Vaikom Vijayalakshmi.

Love Action Drama - You have to listen to Aalolam just once to realize this is firmly in Shaan Rahman's territory. Ponvilakkayi is no different, but what a stunner of a melody!

Jodi - Idi Nijamena's slow-building waltz-like arrangements are beautifully complemented by Yazin Nizar, but Phani Kalyan has an easy winner with the snazzy and sparkling EDM-laced semi-classicial fusion Cheliya Maate. Ultimately, it's Deniko Emito that emerges the soundtrack's high point, what with Kalyan roping in Aditya Rao and Satya Yamini for a lush, mellifluous melody.

Aatakuntu Lekkakilla - Composer Nobil Paul makes a much-welcome return after Anukta, and giving him solid company is Vasuki Vaibhav in Rekke Aaguve, a slow-burn of a qawwali that gains immensely from Rajesh Cherthala's woodwind instrumentation. Konde Konde, in contrast, aims for a woozy EDM soundbed that's equal parts catchy and intriguing.

Chhichhore - This is a strange Pritam soundtrack that feels more like a throwback to his earlier sounds than a step forward. Woh Din is I'm Sorry Par Tumse Pyar Ho Gaya 2.0, Khairiyat is moody brooding melancholy that harks back to his work in Woh Lamhe and Awarapan, Fikar Not is Afghan Jalebi 2.0, if only with a pronounced Latinate vibe with all that flamenco guitars and claps thrown in, and Control, while smartly crafted, revisits the soundbed from Aahun Aahun step for step. Speaking of which, nothing is more nostalgic than listening to K.K. in Kal Ki Hi Baat Hai, a sweeping melody that fits the singer like a glove. And Shirish Malhotra's clarinet is a lovely touch!

Dream Girl - As an album, Meet Bros' Dream Girl leaves a lot to be desired, but Ik Mulaqaat's tender and slow unplugged version — obviously going for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Mere Rashke Qamar — hits all the right notes, especially Ayushmann Khurrana's singing is a clincher.

Magamuni - Where Thaman reunites with director Santha Kumar after Mouna Guru; and while I'm not sure if there are more songs in the film, Muni is a keeper — a sprawling strings-heavy piece that's both poignant and richly layered.

Parineeta - Arko gets behind the mic for what's a stellar acoustic melody Shei Tumi, even as Shreya Ghoshal, as always, lifts the slow, dreamy and captivating Tomake with her gorgeous, tender vocals.