The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ (BMG)

At 1.39pm on the 18th September 2017, the music world went mad when a tweet emerged under the handle @officialmoz. ‘Spent the day in bed…’…

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REVIEW: Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ (Jagjaguwar)

In a recent Instagram post, the Asheville, North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen stated that her newest release Phases is “like a diary [that] was stolen…

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REVIEW: Empire Of The Sun – ‘On Our Way Home’ EP (The Sleepy Jackson / Universal)

On Our Way Home, a quick-fire EP from Empire Of The Sun in response to being dropped from Capitol, is almost a seemingly perfect blend of both…

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REVIEW: Taylor Swift – ‘Reputation’ (Big Machine)

For the past few years there has seemed to be nothing that could stop Taylor Swift from getting anything a musician wants - skyrocketing record…

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REVIEW: Teen Daze – ‘Themes For A New Earth’ (Flora)

It’s not easy to stay optimistic about global warming when just a matter of days ago, we watched the White House’s senior advisor on environmental…

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REVIEW: Sleigh Bells – ‘Kid Kruschev’ (Lucky Number)

The Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells prove they’re back for good after their three-year hiatus, as they have swiftly released their new mini-album Kid Kruschev,…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Bella Union

Now in its 20th year, the Bella Union record label has a reputation like few others in the indie scene, known as a proud incubator…

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PLAYLIST: October 2017

Greetings of the spooky season from The Student Playlist! The clocks go back, the nights suddenly seem longer and colder, which only means one thing…

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PLAYLIST: September 2017

Happy new academic year to you all! If you’re new to Leeds and want to get plugged in to the city’s music scene, we’ve got…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

LIVE REVIEW: Run The Jewels + Danny Brown @ 02 Academy Leeds

One of the most impeccably cool British tours of the year rolled through Leeds on Wednesday night. Constituting two of the most critically acclaimed names…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Fever To Tell’

Influenced: Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, Death From Above 1979, The Kills, The Duke Spirit, The Gossip, Metric, Kate Nash Vampire Weekend,…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’

In retrospect, 2007 seems like one of the last good years humanity had. Of course, that’s a shallow remark to make, completely oblivious and unaware…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Muse – ‘Absolution’

Influenced: Kasabian, Enter Shikari, Foals, Royal Blood, PVRIS, The 1975, Arcane Roots, Bastille, Imagine Dragons Influenced by: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Nirvana,…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Rage Against The Machine – ‘Rage Against The Machine’

Influenced: Deftones, At The Drive-In, Queens Of The Stone Age, System Of A Down, Linkin Park, Muse, Green Day, Titus Andronicus, Run The Jewels, Danny…

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CULT ’90s: Suede – ‘Dog Man Star’

Influenced: Radiohead, Placebo, Spiritualized, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power, Bloc Party Christopher Owens, The Horrors, Peace, Blossoms Influenced by: The…

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CLASSIC ’90s: The Verve – ‘Urban Hymns’

Influenced: Oasis, The Beta Band, Mercury Rev, Sigur Ròs, Doves, Coldplay, Starsailor, Muse, Elbow, The Music, Kasabian, The Killers, Peace, The Big Pink, Blossoms Influenced…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Influenced: Blur, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Coldplay, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Arctic…

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CULT ’80s: Hüsker Dü – ‘Zen Arcade’

Influenced: R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, The Afghan Whigs, The Breeders, The Lemonheads, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction’

Influenced: Pearl Jam, Manic Street Preachers, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, The Darkness…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Sex Pistols – ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’

Influenced: Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Jam, Joy Division, Wire, The Raincoats, The Slits, The Cure, Gang Of Four, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Circle…

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CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘Autobahn’

Influenced: Yellow Magic Orchestra, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Suicide, Joy Division, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire, Afrika Bambaataa, Talking Heads, Orchestral…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Meat Loaf – ‘Bat Out Of Hell’

Influenced: Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, Def Leppard, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Celine Dion, Robbie Williams Influenced by: Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Todd…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: Cream – ‘Disraeli Gears’

Influenced: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, ZZ Top, The White Stripes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Thee Oh Sees, Royal Blood,…

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CULT ’60s: Nico – ‘Chelsea Girl’

Influenced: Nick Drake, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Siouxsie Sioux, Bauhaus, Blondie, R.E.M., Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Björk, Portishead, Low,…

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CLASSIC ’60s: Pink Floyd – ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’

Influenced by: Sun Ra, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Roy Harper, William S. Burroughs, The Velvet Underground, The Doors Influenced: King…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Albums of the 1990s

Traditionally, when it comes to arguments about which was the greatest decade in music, not many have spoken in defence of the Nineties. However, the…

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The Writers’ Round-Up: TSP Albums of the Year So Far

At a time when politics is almost as unpredictable as Liam Gallagher’s mood, it’s now more than ever that we turn to music to keep…

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The Top 200 Tracks of the 2000s

As a shorter companion piece to our '200 Greatest Albums of the 2000s' feature, we give you our run-down of the finest 200 tracks of…

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Artist Profiles

From Gangsta Rap to Despicable Me: A Short Guide to The Neptunes and Pharrell Williams

Influenced: OutKast, Gorillaz, Kelis, Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, M.I.A., Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Future, Shabazz Palaces, A$AP Rocky, Diplo, Major Lazer, Kaytranada…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.6: Siouxsie Sioux

Influenced: Blondie, Bauhaus, The Raincoats, Kate Bush, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Altered Images, Depeche Mode, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.5: Exene Cervenka

Influenced: Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Misfits, Rancid, Hole, L7, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, NOFX, Adult Books, Skating Polly, Dream Wife Influenced by: Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent,…

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