The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Panda Bear – ‘Buoys’ (Domino)

Under the well-worn alias of Panda Bear, Noah Lennox of the legendary experimental pop outfit Animal Collective has released his sixth solo effort. Buoys dances…

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REVIEW: Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

Best known for his vocal and guitar leadership for hardcore group Hüsker Dü and alternative outfit Sugar, Bob Mould has been responsible for some of…

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REVIEW: Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Over 14 studio albums and a handful of other projects, Xiu Xiu have created a rich but frequently polarising sound palette within their discography. Through…

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REVIEW: HEALTH – ‘Vol. 4 :: Slaves Of Fear’ (Loma Vista)

When Los Angeles noise merchants HEALTH returned in 2015 with their third album Death Magic, they decided to fully embrace the nihilistic tendencies that were…

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REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys – ‘Agenda’ EP (x2)

Having recently declared that they’ve finished work on their upcoming 14th studio album, and third in a trio with producer Stuart Price who has overseen…

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REVIEW: Yak – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI / Universal)

When making an album, you’re the one in charge, right? Well, you’d like to think so, but Yak’s sophomore effort Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness has…

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Staff Playlists

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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PLAYLIST: January 2019

While political chaos and paralysis, on top of insanely cold weather, has made it a difficult month, January 2019 has delivered an unbelievable welter of…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Motown Records

The most legendary record labels in pop history are not just business, not mere commercial enterprises – their names become as famous as the music…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

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

The Orielles @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 16th February The Orielles simply describe themselves as a post-disco-punk band, referring to the music that inspires and…

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

Joy Formidable @ The Key Club, Monday 11th February Joy Formidable are a Welsh rock trio whose dreamy post-punk sound is anthemic and easily recognisable.…

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

Swearin’ @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 2nd February When Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride ended their relationship in 2015 after three wonderful albums of skewed…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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 ’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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Classic Albums

1990s

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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CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’

Influenced: Orbital, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, The Crystal Method, Leftfield, Basement Jaxx, Aphex Twin, William Orbit, Faithless, Daft Punk, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Boards Of…

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CULT ’90s: Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Influenced: Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Tricky, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Kanye West, J Dilla, Dead Prez, Roots Manuva, Madvillain, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky, Tyler…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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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CULT ’80s: Sonic Youth – ‘Daydream Nation’

Influenced: Pixies, Nirvana, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Breeders, Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Slint, Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, Swervedriver, Teenage Fanclub, The Afghan Whigs, The…

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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

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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“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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