S.P. Shailaia & Malaysia Vasudevan :: Paattu Engey (Poovizhi Vasalile, 1987)
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The broader world of South Asian cinema is resplendent with great music, due in no small part to the general conceit that song and dance scenes are a great way for a movie to entertain. Many of these songs stand firmly on their own, with “Paattu Engey”, from the Tamil film Poovizhi Vasalile (1987), being a prime example. Composed by Ilaiyaraaja, one of the most prolific and celebrated of India’s composers, “Paattu Engey” combines an infectious, sparkling synth groove with buttery vocals from S.P. Shailaia and Malaysia Vasudevan, long-time veterans of the region’s cinema who collectively knocked out approximately 14,000 songs over the course of their careers. Catchy, lighthearted, and undeniably danceable, this track exemplifies what synth-forward disco can achieve. The experience of watching the scene from Poovizhi Vasalile in which this track appeared is a memorable one. Keep an eye out for Tommy Chong’s doppelganger. | j hammer

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