The Student Playlist

New and Classic Music Reviews, Playlists and Podcasts

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Declan McKenna – ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ (Columbia)

Stuffed with already familiar hits and sparkling new tracks, Declan McKenna’s keenly awaited debut ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ feels like an instant modern classic.

REVIEW: Shabazz Palaces – ‘Quazarz…’ (Sub Pop)

Constantly baffling and challenging, Shabazz Palaces have managed to do something truly remarkable and increasingly rare with ‘Quazarz’ – sustain the listener’s attention for more than 70 minutes.

REVIEW: Japanese Breakfast – ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ (Dead Oceans)

After the death of Michelle Zauner’s mother ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ is a next-step-forward from her 2016 debut album ‘Psychopomp’ an album that, whilst harbouring indie-pop qualities, carries the matters of loss and grief.

REVIEW: Vince Staples – ‘Big Fish Theory’ (Def Jam / Universal)

With ‘Big Fish Theory’, Vince Staples explores hip-hop’s historic love affair with dance and electronica on a polished, highly enjoyable album.

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’.