The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Georgia – ‘Seeking Thrills’ (Domino)

It’s been just under five years since London-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Georgia Barnes, known simply as Georgia, released her self-titled debut album, recording and producing…

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REVIEW: The Big Moon – ‘Walking Like We Do’ (Fiction)

The steady but modest rise of The Big Moon has been one of the most heartening success stories of the last few years, and one…

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REVIEW: Smokepurpp – ‘Deadstar 2’ (Alamo Records)

A prominent figure in the explosion of hard hitting, bassy new wave sounds that having been coming out of Florida the past three years or…

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REVIEW: Kaytranada – ‘Bubba’ (RCA)

Initially garnering attention through a high amount of beat tape output and widespread touring of Canada and America, which included a DJ spot on Madonna’s…

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REVIEW: Beck – ‘Hyperspace’ (Fonograf / Capitol)

A musical shapeshifter whose nearly three decade-long career has seen him swerve from indie/hip-hop hybrids to sultry R&B, indulgent funk and heartbreaking alt-folk, Beck arrives…

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REVIEW: Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band – ‘Nightmare Forever’ (Castle Face)

Any band can decide upon a wacky name, but once you’ve captured the attention of a potential listener you need to keep ‘em hooked with…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: January 2020

A new decade has begun, and although the immediate future may look bleak, fortunately the music scene has thrown up a great deal of quality…

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PLAYLIST: November 2019

Check out our Spotify playlist of all the best new music released throughout November 2019 by scrolling below! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6iLUpeazePuY0pHoyeTV1g?si=UxA2vWVyQRu3_ePm68j9xw

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Merge

Founded in the unassuming surroundings of the university town of Chapel Hill in North Carolina in 1989, Merge Records has proved to be one of…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 7th-13th December

Beak>Ender @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th December Curated and headlined by Beak>, a project founded by Portishead founder Geoff Barrow, this…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 30th November-6th December

Pizzagirl @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 30th November 21 year old Liverpudlian songwriter Liam Brown brings his Pizzagirl alter-ego to the Hyde Park Book…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 23rd-30th November

Sigrid @ O2 Academy Leeds, Saturday 23rd November Carrying the excellence of her break-out single ‘Strangers’ from last year into 2019 with the release of…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: The xx – ‘xx’

Looking back on the decade that’s passed since the quiet release of The xx’s debut album, it’s slightly strange to think of xx as a…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’

Big voice, big presence and big sound – the grandeur of Florence Welch and her Machine is something anyone who’s ever had a glimpse of…

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CULT ’00s: Dirty Projectors – ‘Bitte Orca’

It was about Dirty Projectors’ incredible breakout album Bitte Orca that Time Magazine’s Josh Tyrangiel birthed the immortal critical phrase “making the critic’s job undoable”…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Rage Against The Machine – ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’

Weeks before the turn of the 21st century, L.A. revolutionaries Rage Against The Machine unleashed a new album, reminding the world once again of the…

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CULT ’90s: The Magnetic Fields – ’69 Love Songs’

There’s a line in ‘How Fucking Romantic’, halfway through the first disc in The Magnetic Fields’ massive triple-album 69 Love Songs, in which Dudley Klute,…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’

Who could’ve thought that an album that peaked well outside the Top 100 in the charts upon its release, regardless of the ‘underground’ following its…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: The Replacements – ‘Let It Be’

1984 was a year of landmark underground albums in the American indie scene, with seminal records by Hüsker Dü, R.E.M. and Minutemen all released in…

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CULT ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Paul’s Boutique’

In the aftermath of their legendary party-starting debut Licensed To Ill in 1986, Beastie Boys were in a curious place. They moved to the West…

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CLASSIC ’80s: The Cure – ‘Disintegration’

Since their inception in the late ‘70s in the wake of punk, Robert Smith and the rotating cast of The Cure have become a globally…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Syd Barrett – ‘The Madcap Laughs’ / ‘Barrett’

On June 6th, 1970, the stage at the Kensington Olympia in West London played host to the first live performance by Syd Barrett. This was…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Clash – ‘London Calling’

Given their reputation as British punk’s most creative and firebrand outfit, The Clash’s status as one of the canonical all-time great bands seems like it…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Pink Floyd – ‘The Wall’

40 years on from its release, The Wall remains one of the most celebrated concept albums of all time, as well as one of history’s…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’

Pop critics and historians have never been able to agree on what exactly caused the Sixties utopian ideal of love, peace and understanding to expire,…

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CULT ’60s: King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’

Progressive rock, or ‘prog rock’, has consistently had something of a tainted reputation in the world of music criticism ever since the punk revolution in…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’

Not only is it one of the defining pop culture images of the 20th century, but, in retrospect, the iconic front cover of Abbey Road…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Tracks of the 2010s

The indestructible gold standard for pop since the dawn of the recording age, the single format benefitted from an explosion in technology that made its…

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The Top 200 Albums of the 2010s

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium,…

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The Top 50 Albums of 2019

The final year of this benighted decade we’ve been sometimes compelled to call ‘The Teens’, 2019 has been a strange one for music. As seems…

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Artist Profiles

Remembering Daniel Johnston

Usually, when summarising the career of an artist in the wake of tragedy, there is a formality to the style, one filled with clichés like…

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“The House of the Jazz, of the Funk, of the Rhythm” – A Beginner’s Guide to A Tribe Called Quest

Lennon and McCartney; Morrissey and Marr; the Gallagher brothers. Some of the most iconic pop music ever made has been predicated by immense partnerships. Looking…

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“Listen To Me, I’m On The Stereo” – A Beginner’s Guide to Pavement

It’s been almost two decades since Pavement were active in any meaningful way, the group’s component parts quietly parting ways in the pursuit of solo…

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