2017 Playlist

Ayla Blair-Smith - India


January 2, 2018

नमस्ते

Translation: Namaste

Translation:
Hello

First of all, ngā mihi of te tau hou, or in more familiar words to many readers; happy New Years!
I hope 2017 was nothing but kind to you all, and that 2018 proves to be a great year.

It’s been a while since I last wrote anything, mainly because I didn’t know
what to write, a form most commonly known as “writers block”. You see, after
arriving to India, everything seemed so foreign to me, from the mix of
languages, the colours, the heat, the spices and what not. Therefore, it was
easy to pick something to potentially write about, but as I waited and adapted to
the constant honking of cars, odd smells, over packed train rides, street bargaining,
and everything else that makes India, India, I realized that I no longer wanted
to write about those things. Yes, I’ve learnt a lot from what I’ve seen here
but the reality is that I could never prepare you for India through a blog, you
simply have to experience it for yourself. So on that note, I decided to do
something a bit different this time.

I have a few friends back home that I constantly share music with, and I
was recently reminded by a girl I met here in India just how much joy music brings
to people. So as part of the New Year, I thought I’d share some of my
favourites that I had on repeat during 2017. Enjoy.

*in no
particular order or genre*

1.    Coastline – Hollow Coves

2.    You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse

3.    If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

4.    How To Fly – Sticky Fingers

5.    High For Hours – J. Cole

6.    Got Control (Cocaine) – Skinny Living

7.    Running With The Wolves – AURORA

8.    Det e over – Sondre Justad

9.    Te Aroha – Maisey Rika

10.  Body – Blood Forest Family

11.  Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys

12.  What’s The Score – Ady Suleiman

13.  Last Night – Craig David

14.  Cay’s Crays – Fat Freddy’s Drop

15.  Just Friends (Sunny) – Musiq Soulchild

16.  Brother – Matt Corby

17.  Sex & Candy – Allen Stone

18.  Matilda – alt-J

19.  Gorgeous – mansionz

20.  Same Drugs – Chance The Rapper

21.  Nothing Left For You – Sam Smith

22.  Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé

23.  Wash Over Me – TEEKS

24.  Come Through and Chill – Miguel, J. Cole, Salaam Remi

25.  Ms. Jackson – OutKast

26.  So High – SIX60

27.  Snart klar – Sondre Justad

28.  Rivers In Your Mouth – Ben Howard

29.  33 “GOD” – Bon Iver

30.  Overload – Sugababes

31.  Kalam – Mashrou’ Leila

32.  Bad Intentions – Niykee Heaton

33.  Somebody Else – The 1975

34.  Ex-Factor – Ms. Lauryn Hill

35.  A Love Letter From Me To You – Sticky Fingers

36.  the peaks – Lewis Watson ft. Kimberly Anne

37.  When You Love Somebody (Acoustic) – James TW

38.  I Found – Amber Run

39.  Honey – Kehlani

40.  Self Control – Frank Ocean

41.  You’ve Got The Love – Florence + The Machine

42.  The Worst – Jhene Aiko

43.  Momentary Lapse of Sadness – Peter Estdahl

44.  Up There – SIX60

45.  Does She Know (Acoustic) – Astrid S

46.  Lovefool – The Cardigans

47.  If Only As A Ghost – Jonas Alaska

48.  (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano – Sampha

49.  Japanese Demin – Daniel Caesar

50.  idontwannabeyouanymore – Billie Elilish

51.  Waiaroha – Rob Ruha ft. Maisey Rika

52.  Somebody That I Use To Know – Gotye, Kimbra

53.  Vi er perfekt men verden er ikke det – Cezinando

54.  Dark Paradise – Lana Del Rey

55.  Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene – Hozier

So as you can tell I had a lot of time on my hands. Regardless, most of
these songs are either acoustic or old school R&B, so take your pick. 

Peace and love. 

Ayla Blair-Smith