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K.S. Chithra w/ Ilaiyaraaja: K.S. Chithra

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    Summary

    The electrification of K.S Chithra and Kollywood pop

    Known by adoring fans and devotees, throughout South India, as Chinna Kuyil (Little Nightingale) on account of her expansive vocal range and crystaline sweet voice, the uplifting and surprising sound of K.S. Chithra is, for many, best exemplified by the early plugged-in-pop she made in the 1980s with the man/machine who first introduced her to the Tamil film industry, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.

    There are few records you will hear this year that combine the sounds of a child's choir, a DX7 bass line, three types of drum machine, amariachi trumpet cry, a resampled forty-piece orchestra and an electronic bass line that takes the moog taurus by the horns and rides into the Indian summer. There is probably less chance of hearing a vocal performance so confusingly dazzling that it instantly detracts from the previously aforementioned wish list combination of bizarre instruments but for those intrepid enough to dig a little deeper and take a detour due East, pick-axing right where Lollywood meets Bollywood - then prepare to be rewarded with a double, triple and quadruple whammy! For odd pop fans with bad concentration spans, no musical staying power, or commitment issues then perhaps these schizoid A.D.D. arrangements will push the right buttons and recharge your batteries. For some of you, records like this only existed in your dreams.

    Often locally discussed behind the limelight of her wider continental contemporaries such as Asha Bhosle and Noor Jehan it is almost impossible to find adequate comparison to K.S. Chithra. Try taking the yearning vocal energy of Turkey's Selda and the falsetto range of Morricone's best Italian choirs, add the playful existentialism of Poland's Urszala Dudziak and the cinematic pedigree of Asha then sprinkle some saccharine Jane Birkinisms on top and set your turntable pitch at plus 8 while you dream of Dots And Loops era Stereolab or a Malayalam Mantronix - alternatively just buy this first-time compendium and press play.

    This compilation focuses on a small and select handful of Chithra and Ilaiyaraaja's developing collaborations from the formative years of their relationship between - 1986 and 1991- a vibrant time where analog recording techniques and digital technology first overlapped and Chithra, as a developing vocalist, adapted to the the sounds and arrangements of a classic maverick composer pushing the boundaries.

    Following our previous compilation of the earlier Ilaiyaraaja film music with our Solla Solla compendiums Finders Keepers Records continue this relationship with the original rights holders, to bring these rare Tamil recordings the a wider global audience - never previously released on CD and considerably rare on their original vinyl pressings.

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    1. Indha Vennila
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    2. Yaaro Sonnaangalaam
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    3. Vandadhe
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    4. Chitthirai Maasatthu
    featuring Malaysia Vasudevan
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    5. Manjai Ndhi
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    6. Kaiyodu Ennai
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    7. Vaa Veliye
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    8. Oh My Love
    featuring Malaysia Vasudevan
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    9. Sikkunnu
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    10. Hey Maina
    featuring Malaysia Vasudevan
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    11. Rathiri Thookkam
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    12. Oru Pooncholai
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    13. Pon Maaney
    featuring Mano
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    14. Poojaikettha
    featuring Gangai Amaran
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    15. Nethu Oruthara
    featuring Ilaiyaraaja
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    16. Kankaliley
    featuring S.P. Balasubramaniyam
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    17. Velli Kizhamai
    featuring Ilaiyaraaja
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