The Student Playlist

New and Classic Music Reviews, Playlists and Podcasts

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Lava / Republic)

The outrageously talented Ella Yelich-O’Connor doubles down on her existing sound for her second full-length album ‘Melodrama’.

REVIEW: Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ (Warner Bros.)

Following their meteoric rise to the top three years ago, Royal Blood stick to their guns and offer up more punishing riffage on ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’

REVIEW: SZA – ‘Ctrl’ (Top Dawg / RCA)

SZA’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Ctrl’ delivers handsomely, full of insightful and on-message slow jams and genre-mashing fun.

REVIEW: The Charlatans – ‘Different Days’ (BMG)

For their 13th album ‘Different Days’, The Charlatans raid their contacts list to help them produce their best album in two decades.

REVIEW: Jlin – ‘Black Origami’ (Planet Mu)

‘Black Origami’ is a modern electronic masterpiece, strikingly original and promising a huge artistic and commercial future for Jlin.

REVIEW: Forest Swords – ‘Compassion’ (Ninja Tune)

Full of beautiful yet unsettling ambience, Matthew Barnes’ second Forest Swords album ‘Compassion’ is more than worth the four-year wait.

REVIEW: Mac DeMarco – ‘This Old Dog’ (Captured Tracks)

Mac DeMarco is one of the greatest crafters of the love song working today, as exemplified on his mellow third album ‘This Old Dog’.