The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Orbital – ‘Monsters Exist’ (ACP Recordings)

Belonging to the very highest echelon of British dance music artists during the Nineties with a dazzling run of five consecutive terrific albums, Orbital were…

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REVIEW: Jungle – ‘For Ever’ (XL)

Here’s a familiar narrative: artist releases a refreshing, ready to live, ‘the world is your oyster’ debut album to mainstream success and critical acclaim. Artist…

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REVIEW: Fizzy Blood – ‘Pink Magic’ EP (Killing Moon / Ayla)

Despite their confident, often heavy sound, rising alt-rockers Fizzy Blood are a band that don’t take themselves too seriously. Take the video for ‘Pink Magic’, the title…

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REVIEW: Low – ‘Double Negative’ (Sub Pop)

The onset of and fallout from Donald Trump’s presidency, the Brexit fiasco, and the growing popularity of extremist political parties across Europe really ought to…

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REVIEW: Aphex Twin – ‘Collapse’ EP (Warp Records)

Following his return from a 13-year absence back in 2014, Richard D. James has kicked off one of the most prolific periods of work ever…

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REVIEW: Teleman – ‘Family Of Aliens’ (Moshi Moshi)

In a musical climate where Kanye West is bopping around in a giant square bodysuit and ABBA fever has taken over the nation, it’s rather…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: August 2018

It’s the end of August, nearly the end of festival season, and Sweatbox Britain has officially cooled down at long last. Sky water – remember…

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PLAYLIST: Songs For Summer

Summer time! Uni has finished, and it’s time to head back home for a couple of months and see your old friends. Weeks of hanging…

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PLAYLIST: July 2018

To summarise July 2018, then – it’s too disgustingly hot to even think of doing anything; Brexit now means food riots; and football’s staying out…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

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

The Indigo Project @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 15th September The Indigo Project are an indie band which formed in Leeds three years ago, but…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, September 8th-14th

Goat Girl @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 8th September Goat Girl are a DIY band from south London, a four-piece making smart, politically oriented post-punk…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, September 1st-7th

Iceage @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 4th September Since forming in 2008, Danish punks Iceage have been quickly gaining popularity beyond the borders of their home country.…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’

Influenced: Rihanna, M.I.A., Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Sky Ferreira, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX Influenced by: David Bowie, Donna Summer, Queen, Blondie,…

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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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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: The Beta Band – ‘The Three EPs’

Influenced: Radiohead, Spiritualized, The Delgados, Broadcast, Doves, Wilco, The Avalanches, Mull Historical Society, Elbow, The Coral, The Cooper Temple Clause, Kasabian, Mystery Jets, Tom Vek,…

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CULT ’90s: Mansun – ‘Six’

Influenced: Eels, The Delgados, Muse, The Beta Band, My Vitriol, The Coral, Elbow, British Sea Power, Hope Of The States, Titus Andronicus, Menace Beach Influenced…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Lauryn Hill – ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

Influenced: Alicia Keys, D’Angelo, Solange, Brandy, India Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, SZA, Beyonce, Adele, Kelis, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Rapsody, Noname, Musiq…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: The Go-Betweens – ’16 Lovers Lane’

Influenced: R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian, Beth Orton, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power, Nada Surf, The Last Shadow Puppets, The War…

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CLASSIC ’80s: N.W.A – ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Influenced: Rage Against The Machine, MC Eiht, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, House Of Pain, Cypress Hill, Nas, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Outkast, Eminem,…

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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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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Wire – ‘Chairs Missing’

Influenced: Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Fall, The Pop Group, Pere Ubu, Josef K, Mission Of Burma, Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, Swell Maps, Black Flag,…

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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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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

“I Will Possess Your Heart” – An Introduction to Death Cab For Cutie

Influenced: Bright Eyes, The Dismemberment Plan, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, Jimmy Eat World, Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, The Killers, Bloc Party,…

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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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