The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Years & Years – ‘Palo Santo’ (Polydor / Universal)

After having watched Years & Years perform live at this year’s Open’er Festival, I couldn’t help the feeling that the one-hour set wasn’t quite enough…

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REVIEW: Bodega – ‘Endless Scroll’ (What’s Your Rupture?)

After leaving their mark at both last year’s SXSW and Great Escape festivals, Bodega have already released their debut Endless Scroll, only months after releasing…

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REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘Greatest Hits, Vol.1’ (Warner Bros.)

Given that they’ve been around for well over three decades and have been signed to a major label for a quarter of a century, it’s…

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REVIEW: Asylums – ‘Alien Human Emotions’ (Cool Thing)

“Songwriting can often be dictated by the environment you grow up in or the social/political climate. It does currently feel like there is a wave…

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REVIEW: Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘I’m All Ears’ (Transgressive / P.I.A.S.)

Let’s Eat Grandma is not the name of a band you’d necessarily expect two girls barely out of their teens to be behind, but since their…

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REVIEW: Gorillaz – ‘The Now Now’ (Parlophone)

When Gorillaz released the seminal Plastic Beach in 2010 to critical acclaim, their first record in five years at the time, they followed it the…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: June 2018

June means that it’s officially summer for students! Unless you’re doing a Masters – in which case commiseration, keep on going! There’s been no Glastonbury…

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PLAYLIST: World Cup 2018

Football songs, particularly official English ones, are similar to James Bond themes and have a long and chequered history. Most are terrible, some are pretty…

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PLAYLIST: May 2018

With all the spectacular weather that we’ve had in May, the British festival summer is well and truly under way. Leeds alone has thrown its…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, July 14th-20th

Quantic @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 13th July A British DJ and producer Quantic, a.k.a. Will Holland, is known for his imaginative fusion of electronic…

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

English people tend to talk about nothing else when either a) it’s sunny, b) England are not useless at football, or c) both. As it’s…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds – June 30th-July 6th

Declan McKenna @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 30th June Declan McKenna is often considered to be one of the most interesting and promising young talents…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Fleet Foxes – ‘Fleet Foxes’

Influenced: The Lumineers, Laura Marling, The War On Drugs, Real Estate, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Ben Howard, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mumford & Sons,…

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CULT ’00s: No Age – ‘Nouns’

Influenced: Pissed Jeans, Japandroids, Wavves, Ty Segall, Bass Drum Of Death, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Metz, Cloud Nothings, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Speedy Ortiz, FIDLAR, Moon Duo,…

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CULT ’00s: Portishead – ‘Third’

Influenced: Imogen Heap, Fever Ray, Beak>, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Grimes, The Weeknd, Phantogram, Gorillaz, HAELOS Influenced by: Ennio Morricone, Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Brian…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Björk – ‘Debut’

Ironically, despite it feeling so much like the start of a new era both in pop and her own career, Debut was not the first…

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CULT ’90s: Liz Phair – ‘Exile In Guyville’

Influenced: PJ Harvey, The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Aimee Mann, Beth…

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CULT ’90s: Mansun – ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’

For fans of: Radiohead, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Placebo, Eels, My Life Story Influenced: The Delgados, The Beta Band, At The Drive-In,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: Public Enemy – ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

Influenced: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, The Pharcyde, Gang Starr,…

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CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Surfer Rosa’

Influenced: Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Slint, Pavement, PJ Harvey, Belly, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Brainiac, Guided By Voices, Weezer, Blur, Ash, The Dismemberment Plan, Grandaddy, The White…

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CULT ’80s: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Influenced: Sebadoh, Mudhoney, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Afghan Whigs, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, The Cribs, Drenge, Kagoule,…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘The Man-Machine’

Influenced: Cerrone, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Devo, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, New Order, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Pet…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Elvis Costello & The Attractions – ‘This Year’s Model’

Influenced: XTC, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Squeeze, Dexys Midnight Runners, Madness, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, Huey Lewis & The News, The Go-Betweens, The Beautiful South,…

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CULT ’70s: Suicide – ‘Suicide’

Influenced: D.A.F., Throbbing Gristle, Steve Albini, New Order, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The Human League, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Nick Cave & The Bad…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CULT ’60s: The Zombies – ‘Odessey And Oracle’

Influenced: Bee Gees, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Electric Light Orchestra, Paul Weller, XTC, Television Personalities, The La’s, The Boo Radleys, Super Furry Animals, of Montreal, Neutral…

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CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘White Light/White Heat’

Influenced: The Stooges, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Can, The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Television, Suicide, The Fall, Joy Division, Young Marble Giants, Swell Maps, Swans,…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

Influenced: Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, E.L.O., The Police, Prince, XTC, Pixies, The Stone Roses, Blur, Oasis, Neutral Milk Hotel,…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s

Revisiting any period in popular music is always interesting, insofar as one’s memories of it change and evolve as time passes and the present gets…

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100 Years of Jazz – The 10 Most Important Records In The History Of Jazz

When it came to writing this piece, the scale of the task became immediately apparent; how do you fit a century of jazz music into…

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The Top 50 Tracks of 2017

The medium of songwriting allows for expressive, concentrated statements of brilliance. In the span of (typically) just about three and a half minutes, talented artists…

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Artist Profiles

From Worst To Best: Slayer

Influenced: Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Carcass, Pantera, Sepultura, Ministry, Killswitch Engaged, System Of A Down, Slipknot Influenced by: The Stooges, Led…

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Big Time Sensuality – An Introduction to Björk

Influenced: Radiohead, Animal Collective, Madonna, Moloko, Broadcast, Sigur Rós, The Knife, M.I.A., Goldfrapp, Portishead, Dirty Projectors, Robyn, Bat For Lashes, Fever Ray, Joanna Newsom, Regina…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.7: Viv Albertine

Influenced: The Pop Group, The Raincoats, Talulah Gosh, Bow Wow Wow, The Runaways, Sonic Youth, The Go-Go’s, Fugazi, Neneh Cherry, The Breeders, Björk, PJ Harvey,…

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