The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Mashrou’ Leila – ‘The Beirut School’ (Shoop! Shoop!)

Lebanese outfit Mashrou’ Leila have been gaining traction with Western indie listeners in recent years. Formed in 2008 in Beirut, the quintet currently consists of…

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REVIEW: The Comet Is Coming – ‘Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’ (Impulse! / UMG)

When people describe the London jazz scene as being as vibrant as it ever has been, few could argue that this indebted to the incredible…

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REVIEW: Karen O & Danger Mouse – ‘Lux Prima’ (BMG)

Expansive, lush, sonically enchanting – these are the many adjectives that can adorn the new collaboration between raucous performer and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen…

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REVIEW: Indoor Pets – ‘Be Content’ (Wichita)

While on tour with Bad Sounds back in October, Indoor Pets had approximately £10,000 worth of musical equipment stolen from their van. However, instead of…

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REVIEW: SASAMI – ‘SASAMI’ (Domino)

Cited as one of music’s next big things, SASAMI, real name Sasami Ashworth, is set to shake up the booming singer-songwriter sphere even further. The…

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REVIEW: Amanda Palmer – ‘There Will Be Intermission’ (Cooking Vinyl)

On International Women’s Day 2019, Queen of crowdfunding Amanda Palmer released There Will Be No Intermission, her first solo album in seven years. The album…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: International Women’s Day

Celebrated on March 8th annually, International Women’s Day has for over a century been a focal point in the global movement for women’s rights. Its…

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PLAYLIST: February 2019

The freakish, rather frighteningly warm weather outside over the last few days means that it’s easy to forget that it’s still technically winter in Britain.…

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PLAYLISTS: Pro- and Anti- Valentine’s Day

Depending on your perspective, Valentine’s Day is either the one day of the year dedicated to declarations and displays of everlasting love, or a soporific…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 16th-22nd March

Kristin Hersh @  Left Bank, Thursday 21st March Throughout her prolific music career, Kristin Hersh released eleven solo albums, founded the band Throwing Muses at…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 9th-15th March

Sleaford Mods @ Leeds University, Saturday 9th March Sleaford Mods’ minimalistic yet revolutionary combination of punk attitude and homemade beats have allowed Jason Williamson and…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 2nd-8th March

Nubya Garcia @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 2nd March A forward-thinking saxophonist and composer, and one of few young female artists breaking as an instrumentalist,…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz!’

Looking back on the entirety of Noughties nearly a decade on, indeed as the following one is drawing to a close, it’s easier to get…

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CULT ’00s: Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

Influenced: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Deerhunter, Wild Beasts, Fuck Buttons, Tune-Yards, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, Lower Dens, Warpaint, Shabazz Palaces, Unknown Mortal Orchestra,…

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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 Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Aphex Twin – ‘Windowlicker’ EP

Over a decade that now spans the best part of 30 years, Richard D. James has carved out a career whose mythology is based in…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Eminem – ‘The Slim Shady LP’

Influenced: Xzibit, The Game, The Streets, Ludacris, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Lily Allen, Odd Future, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Green Day – ‘Dookie’

Influenced: The Offspring, Blink-182, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, The Futureheads, Rat Boy Influenced by: The Who, Ramones, The Damned,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

The late 1980s: the peak of what many consider hip-hop’s golden era. 1988 alone saw the release of Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of…

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CLASSIC ’80s: New Order – ‘Technique’

Influenced: Primal Scream, Orbital, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Moby, The Killers, The Rapture, Interpol, The Postal Service, Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, MGMT, The…

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CULT ’80s: My Bloody Valentine – ‘Isn’t Anything’

Influenced: Slowdive, Ride, Lush, Curve, Mazzy Star, The Verve, Primal Scream, Smashing Pumpkins, Spiritualized, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dandy Warhols, The Flaming Lips, Mercury…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

Influenced: Bauhaus, The Raincoats, Public Image Ltd., The Cure, Young Marble Giants, Joy Division, New Order, Killing Joke, Japan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’

Influenced: Billy Bragg, The Undertones, XTC, The Smiths, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Supergrass, Ash, The Libertines, The Rakes, Maxïmo Park, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Blondie – ‘Parallel Lines’

Influenced: Eurythmics, The Bangles, Duran Duran, Altered Images, Bananarama, The Gun Club, The Go-Go’s, The Primitives, Katrina & The Waves, Madonna, L7, Bikini Kill, Elastica,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CULT ’60s: MC5 – ‘Kick Out The Jams’

Influenced: The Stooges, New York Dolls, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, Primal Scream,…

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CULT ’60s: Van Morrison – ‘Astral Weeks’

Influenced: Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Elton John, Elvis Costello, The Police, The Pogues, Jeff Buckley, David Gray, Regina…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘The Beatles (aka The White Album)’

Influenced: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Big Star, Steely Dan, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush, The La’s, The Stone Roses, Oasis,…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Tracks of 2018

As a companion piece to our annual end-of-year albums list published earlier this month, The Student Playlist presents The Top 50 Tracks of 2018. You…

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The Top 50 Albums of 2018

Although it’s been a year pock-marked with political and social uncertainty, that sense of upheaval and tension has resulted in some pretty fine art being…

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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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Artist Profiles

“You Were There With Me” – An Introduction to Four Tet

In the two decades since he released his low-key debut album Dialogue in February 1999, musician and producer Kieran Hebden, more commonly under his performance…

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FROM WORST TO BEST: The Cure

Influenced: Tears For Fears, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur Jr., The Sugarcubes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,…

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“If It Takes You Home” – An Introduction to Idlewild

Influenced: Feeder, Doves, Elbow, I Am Kloot, Snow Patrol, Mull Historical Society, Athlete, British Sea Power, The Electric Soft Parade, Sons And Daughters, The Coral,…

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