The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Björk – ‘Utopia’ (One Little Indian)

Björk’s flute-heavy ninth album ‘Utopia’ is one of her most enchanting and meditative to date.

REVIEW: Baths – ‘Romaplasm’ (Anticon)

Romaplasm fills the chasm between the guy posting anime screencaps on his twitter account, and the Baths of ‘Obsidian’, to charming results.

REVIEW: Fever Ray – ‘Plunge’ (Rabid / Mute)

Karin Dreijer’s second Fever Ray album ‘Plunge’ is a lot more expansive and pop-orientated than its 2009 predecessor, but retains all the elements that made The Knife so compelling.

REVIEW: Margo Price – ‘All American Made’ (Third Man Records)

Margo Price’s status as country music’s next major star is secure with an honest and forthright second album, ‘All American Made’.

REVIEW: St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (Loma Vista)

‘MASSEDUCTION’ can be read both as St. Vincent being seduced into significant Pop culture relevancy and, conversely, her taking the entire medium of celebrity and Pop and making it work for her. Choosing to interpret it as the latter makes for one of the best and consistent listens of the year.

REVIEW: Kelela – ‘Take Me Apart’ (Warp Records)

Pulsating, heady and intricately vulnerable, Kelela’s debut album ‘Take Me Apart’ is a strong musical statement in the world of innovative R&B.

REVIEW: TORRES – ‘Three Futures’ (4AD)

Mackenzie Scott’s third TORRES album ‘Three Futures’ has pushed into the highest echelon of women working at the peak of their powers in indie.

REVIEW: Four Tet – ‘New Energy’ (Text Records)

Kieran Hebden’s ninth Four Tet album ‘New Energy’ sees him look to his own past for inspiration, leading to a terrific and accessible experience.