The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (4AD)

Sleep Well Beast represents a change in the sound of the band, but, fundamentally, is a record which makes sense in their discography, but that isn’t to say that it isn’t one of the most well-crafted and interesting listens of 2017.

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: Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN’ (Top Dawg Entertainment / Interscope / Aftermath)

Whether ‘DAMN’ will be the cultural crossover its predecessor was remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album is another glorious record.

REVIEW: Arca – ‘Arca’ (XL Recordings)

What has always made Arca’s music so unique is his ability to distort and take the listener on a mind-bending journey

REVIEW: Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador)

The evolution of Spoon has proven to be a joy to behold, with every album subtly reinventing just what the band is and ‘Hot Thoughts’ is no different.

REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘English Tapas’ (Rough Trade)

Sleaford Mods may be nine albums but they show no sign of slowing down with their tirade against all things pop-culture with ‘English Tapas’ – even if that include themselves.

REVIEW: Dutch Uncles – ‘Big Balloon’ (Memphis Industries)

Big Balloon does nothing but reaffirm the view that if it’s quirky fun you’re looking for, then Dutch Uncles is the answer

REVIEW: Tinariwen – ‘Elwan’ (Independiente)

If ever a group proved that the rebellious streak of rock ‘n’ roll lived on it would be in the music of Tinariwen.

REVIEW: Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels 3’ (Run The Jewels, Inc.)

El-P and Killer Mike return with their most politically-charged album to date.

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