The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Ash – ‘Islands’ (BMG / Infectious)

Ash lead singer Tim Wheeler’s life-long attempts to cross-breed the heavenly harmonies of Brian Wilson with the earthy teenage hormones of Buzzcocks have been going…

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REVIEW: Charlie Puth – ‘Voicenotes’ (Atlantic)

Most recognised for his breakthrough collaboration with Wiz Khalifa on Paul Walker tribute song ‘See You Again’, Charlie Puth crawls back on the scene bearing…

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REVIEW: Simian Mobile Disco – ‘Murmurations’ (Wichita / P.I.A.S.)

Simian Mobile Disco’s sixth album Murmurations is yet another fine addition to their constantly inventive and confounding body of work. The album sees the London-based…

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REVIEW: Beach House – ‘7’ (Bella Union)

Beach House can easily be considered one of the most consistent bands of the last decade. The duo has been routinely putting out great music…

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REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ (Domino)

Listening to Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the massively anticipated sixth album by Arctic Monkeys, I’m reminded of the bar scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s The…

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REVIEW: Skating Polly – ‘The Make It All Show’ (El Camino)

Skating Polly’s fifth album The Make It All Show is 100% worth every second of the two-year wait. The newly expanded three-piece group is without…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Frightened Rabbit

The indie world is in mourning this weekend following the news of the death of Scott Hutchison, the 36 year old lead singer of Scottish…

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PLAYLIST: April 2018

April is crunch time for students – dissertations, deadlines and days in the library while the sun shines, or at least attempts to shine. We…

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PLAYLIST: March 2018

Well, a quarter of 2018 has already gone, and while the adult world of politics looks increasingly terrifying, at least the music scene is hotting…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, May 19th-May 25th

Børns @ The Wardrobe, Saturday 19th May Børns is an American singer-songwriter, whose danceable, electro-pop tunes are a definition of catchy music. The irresistible blend…

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REVIEW: Live At Leeds 2018

Live At Leeds has grown massively since its inception in 2007. Back then, it was a modest showcase of upcoming talent from the city and…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, April 28th-May 4th

It’s a busy time of year for all students, filled with exams, dissertations and projects. If you fancy switching off for a night and you’re…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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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CULT ’00s: Panic At The Disco – ‘Pretty. Odd.’

Influenced: Twenty One Pilots, Crown The Empire, The 1975, Lil’ Peep, dodie Influenced by: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Blur – ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’

Influenced: Supergrass, Idlewild, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Peace, Gengahr, Blossoms, Rat Boy Influenced by: The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who,…

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CULT ’90s: Boards Of Canada – ‘Music Has The Right To Children’

Influenced: Four Tet, Björk, The Avalanches, Radiohead, Röyksopp, Burial, Bonobo, Oneohtrix Point Never, Caribou, Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie, Tim Hecker, Forest Swords, Floating Points, Baths,…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Suede – ‘Suede’

Influenced: Radiohead, Gene, Placebo, The Killers, British Sea Power, Bloc Party, Christopher Owens, Blossoms, Sundara Karma, Spring King, The Big Moon Influenced by: The Velvet…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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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CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Influenced: Blur, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Coldplay, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Arctic…

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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

“We Are Strange In Our Worlds” – An Introduction to Supergrass

Influenced: The Dandy Warhols, Muse, Stereophonics, The Strokes, The Libertines, Razorlight, The Futureheads, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, Tribes, Peace, The 1975, Blossoms, Gengahr…

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“London Belongs To Me” – An Introduction to Saint Etienne

Influenced: The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder, Dubstar, The Cardigans, Elastica, Garbage, Moby, The Avalanches, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Goldfrapp, Ladytron, Annie, The Go! Team, Warm Digits, Air…

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“Do You Want To Know That It Doesn’t Hurt Me?” – An Introduction to Kate Bush

Influenced: Cocteau Twins, Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Björk, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, The Cranberries, Suede, Tricky, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Fiona…

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