The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Shura – ‘forevher’ (Secretly Canadian)

Following her 2016 debut Nothing’s Real under the name Shura,Alexandra Denton’s sophomore effort forevher is pop music that breathes. Laidback, carefree and light, this album…

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REVIEW: Blanck Mass – ‘Animated Violence Mild’ (Sacred Bones)

Benjamin John Power’s first release as Blanck Mass, his 2011 self-titled album, seemed almost like a deliberate rebuke to the grandiose maximalism of Fuck Buttons,…

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REVIEW: Dry Cleaning – ‘Sweet Princess’ EP (It’s OK)

In the aftermath of some exposure last month with their endearingly excellent single ‘Magic Of Meghan’, a track that saw acerbic lead singer Florence Shaw…

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REVIEW: Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’ (Polydor / Xtra Mile)

Singer-songwriter Frank Turner’s latest release, No Man’s Land, has sparked some controversy due to its thematic elements. The title itself is a tongue-in-cheek indication as…

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REVIEW: Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

Pioneering the revival of electronic influences in British indie at a point when unspeakably bad post-Arctic Monkeys acts were dominating the national scene, Friendly Fires…

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REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ (Mom + Pop)

A new album from Sleater-Kinney is always a momentous occasion, but the circumstances surrounding the release of their new ninth album The Center Won’t Hold…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: August 2019

Check out our playlist over at Spotify of all the best new music that's been released so far in August. Foals have released a brand new banger…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Hyperdub

The story of an electronic artist founding then nurturing a label is not an unusual one. Normally offering the opportunity to build within a scene…

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PLAYLIST: July 2019

Check out our playlist of all the best new music released in July 2019 over at Spotify, or scroll below! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1rSDP4LssfVRr7tM7HwMzJ?si=omnvu8NRSG6Yk3lsqlCkLA

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, August 24th-30th

This Must Be The Place @ Belgrave Music Hall & Headrow House, Saturday-Sunday 24-25th August Returning for its fourth year, local promoters Super Friendz throw…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 17th-23rd August

Indie Banquet XIV @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 17th August There’s other things than just Ed Sheeran at Roundhay going on in Leeds this…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week, August 10th-16th

Cultdreams @ Headrow House, Tuesday 13th August Self-identifying as “sad lo-fi punks” and formerly known as Kamikaze Girls until earlier this year, Brighton’s Cultdreams are…

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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

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 ’90s: Portishead – ‘Dummy’

Of all of the new genres that Britain threw up during the Nineties, trip-hop was the most quintessentially British sound of them all. Skewed beats…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Californication’

Before the globe-conquering success of their 1999 album Californication, notorious Californian funk and alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers were in a state of turmoil…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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 ’80s: The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’

Three decades after the release of their self-titled debut album, there’s very little left to say about The Stone Roses at this point in history.…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Fear Of Music’

The punk explosions of the late Seventies were widely imagined as a ‘year zero’ for pop music, a point where artists should rip things up…

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CULT ’70s: Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Can there possibly be a more famous cult album in existence than Unknown Pleasures? In the four decades since its release in June 1979, it’s…

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CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

By the second half of 1978, David Bowie was in a curious point in his career. He’d left Berlin in February of that year, having…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CULT ’60s: Nick Drake – ‘Five Leaves Left’

In contrast to the mythologising that often surrounds rock star deaths, the story of Nick Drake is not a remotely glamorous one. Instead, it is…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

The ‘rock opera’ has had a chequered history as it has evolved in the half-century since the archetype was established in 1969. Like its close…

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CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground’

In between the dazzling avant-garde architecture of that 1967 debut album, still rightly celebrated today as one of the greatest albums in history, and the…

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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

“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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“Caught By The River” – An Introduction to Doves

It doesn’t matter how big you might have been, ten years is a long time to be away. Certainly enough for an entirely new generation…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Scott Walker

Dozens of icons of the world of independent and alternative music, as well as many in the world of pop, paid tribute to Scott Walker…

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