The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Muse – ‘Simulation Theory’ (Warner)

Is anyone genuinely excited for a new Muse album anymore? The band, more than twenty years into their career, are still headlining festivals and selling…

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REVIEW: Fightmilk – ‘Not With That Attitude’ (Reckless Yes)

If there’s one thing we love at the start of an album, it’s a sonically-delivered punch in the face, and Fightmilk’s Not With That Attitude…

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REVIEW: Vince Staples – ‘FM!’ (Def Jam / Universal)

Last week, when Californian character Vince Staples announced he would be releasing a “very special project”, the music world immediately went into a frenzy. On…

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REVIEW: The Prodigy – ‘No Tourists’ (BMG / Take Me To The Hospital)

Although The Prodigy have now only released seven albums in a career lasting over a quarter of a century, Liam Howlett and co. pumped much-needed…

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REVIEW: Thom Yorke – ‘Suspiria’ (XL / Unsustainabubble)

Outside of the storied and celebrated output of Radiohead, many of the group’s members have enjoyed acclaimed solo careers. The most noted of these has…

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REVIEW: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’ EP (Test Card Recordings / P.I.A.S.)

London-based pseudonymous group Public Service Broadcasting have expertly combined krautrock and electronic music whilst also replaying a bunch of old public recordings and broadcasts over…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: Songs For Rainy Days

If there’s one thing that fundamentally defines the experience of being alive in Britain, it’s rainy days. Specifically, the curious ability to experience all four…

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PLAYLIST: October 2018

Greetings of the spooky season to you all! Although the nights are now definitively drawing in, uni is back up and running and it’s time…

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PLAYLIST: September 2018

Welcome (back) to uni everybody! Another academic year began this September, as the afternoons draw in and the air gets colder, and The Student Playlist…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 10th-16th November

The Prodigy @ First Direct Arena, Tuesday 13th November The Prodigy are considered to be one of the groundbreaking electronic acts of the ‘90s, especially…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 3rd-9th November

Drinks @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 5th November Drinks have played at Brudenell Social Club just two months ago, but it wouldn’t stop us from…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds – 27th October-2nd November

The Blinders @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 28th October The Blinders are a Doncaster-born trio whose politically oriented, punk rock music has already been picked…

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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: 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 ’90s: Fatboy Slim – ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’

Influenced: Armand Van Helden, Moby, Basement Jaxx, The Avalanches, Mint Royale, Mr. Scruff, Death In Vegas, Groove Armada, Mylo, The Go! Team, Klaxons, Skrillex, Major…

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CULT ’90s: Mercury Rev – ‘Deserter’s Songs’

Influenced: Spiritualized, Radiohead, The Delgados, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Low, Grandaddy, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Secret Machines, The Coral, Richard Hawley, Fleet Foxes, Band Of…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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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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 Albums

1970s

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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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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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Electric Ladyland’

Picture a seedy New York City basement club, 1966. Jimmy James is slogging it out on the Chitlin’ Circuit, just another blues guitarist trying to…

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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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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

“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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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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