The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Mush – ‘3D Routine’ (Memphis Industries)

Mush’s debut album 3D Routine has been widely anticipated for some time. Since they emerged in the second half of 2018, the Leeds-based post-punk outfit…

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REVIEW: La Roux – ‘Supervision’ (Supercolour Records / Believe)

Ever since her last release, 2014’s critically acclaimed Trouble In Paradise, Elly Jackson has been on an arduous personal and professional journey. Citing a maelstrom…

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REVIEW: Shopping – ‘All Or Nothing’ (Fat Cat)

Taking a break is something that’s clearly out of Rachel Aggs’ jurisdiction. The architect of acclaimed post-punk bands including Trash Kit, Golden Grrrls and Sacred…

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REVIEW: Poliҫa – ‘When We Stay Alive’ (Memphis Industries)

While recording Poliҫa’s fifth album When We Stay Alive, the band’s vocalist Channy Leaneagh was going through the hardest time of her life, facing the…

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REVIEW: Green Day – ‘Father Of All…’ (Reprise)

Father Of All… is Green Day’s 13th studio album, and is selling itself as a return to basics, as it’s also their shortest, with a…

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REVIEW: Torres – ‘Silver Tongue’ (Merge)

On Silver Tongue, 29-year-old Mackenzie Scott uses this, her fourth release as TORRES, to take a look at the choices she has made and the…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: February 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout February 2020 so far with our playlist over at Spotify! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0RAZS8mTnYd0LeLWljJsgE?si=9MJfqubiQieKeReY7b0d8g

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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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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 15th-21st

Dry Cleaning @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 15th February Authors of ‘Magic Of Meghan’, one of the breakout indie hits of 2019, London-based quartet…

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LIVE REVIEW: Fudge. @ The Lending Room

With an intimate, DIY feel, the Lending Room above perennial student favourite drinking hole The Library is the perfect testing ground for upcoming bands ready…

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PREVIEW: The best gigs in Leeds, February 8th-14th

Peaness @ The Library Lending Room, Saturday 8th February Having been around for well over half a decade and with a clutch of brilliant EPs…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’10s: Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Tourist History’

The start of the last decade is generally held to have been, at best, a fallow period for guitar-based indie music or, according to naysayers,…

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CULT ’00s: Lambchop – ‘Nixon’

In the face of the commercially lucrative garage-rock revival and the continuing reign of nu-metal that dominated what we were increasingly being compelled to call…

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CULT ’00s: Primal Scream – ‘XTRMNTR’

When people talk about Primal Scream, conversation immediately (and understandably) turns to Screamadelica, an album which forged deathless rock’n’roll thrills with the dominant house music…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Leftfield – ‘Leftism’

Although house and techno had been causing moral and cultural shockwaves in Britain when it emerged as a youth phenomenon at the end of the…

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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 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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