The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Cloud Nothings – ‘The Shadow I Remember’ (Carpark)

Cloud Nothings make me sad. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a great thing. The mix of cathartic screaming, and mesmerising, quick-paced guitars and drums…

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REVIEW: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – ‘Carnage’ (Goliath)

At a time when catastrophe, upheaval and death are defining our lives, it’s not terribly surprising to see Nick Cave announcing new music. Throughout his…

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REVIEW: Katy Kirby – ‘Cool Dry Place’ (Keeled Scales)

Cool Dry Place is the debut album by Katy Kirby, Nashville-based indie-rock / folk-popaficionado. The singer-songwriter was brought up in a small town in Texas…

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REVIEW: Mogwai – ‘As The Love Continues’ (Rock Action)

Released exactly 25 years after their very first recordings came out, what becomes noticeable upon hearing As The Love Continues is how unsurprising it is…

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REVIEW: Django Django – ‘Glowing In The Dark’ (Because)

For those of you who vibed and enjoyed the most recent MGMT material, this new album from indie rock outfit Django Django will be right…

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REVIEW: Slowthai – ‘TYRON’ (Method / Interscope / AGWE)

If anyone was left under the impression that last year’s NME Awards controversy would mellow Tyron Frampton’s tongue, then the opening line of TYRON -…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: February 2021

Check out all the best new music released throughout February 2021 on our Spotify playlist below! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3dr9tLY1dpOqy8MOcSg8n9?si=1RW-KmIqRTG-8gE7149Xqw

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PLAYLIST: January 2021

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout January 2021 with our Spotify playlist. Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2XspJO8NbQRLwoquxBUqwR?si=e3ISx60WTqS05fkLubnt6Q

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A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note

Some record labels are absolutely synonymous with not only a genre of music, but a very specific variant thereof. Chess Records goes hand in hand…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 14th-20th

All information correct at the time of publishing - to our knowledge! - regarding Coronavirus cancellations Band.io presents ‘Grl Pwr’ @ Hyde Park Book Club,…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 7th-13th

Mush @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 7th March Riding high on the recent release of their debut album 3D Routine, a collage of jaunty DIY…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 29th-March 6th

Supergrass @ Leeds O2 Academy, Sunday 1st March Commercially successful yet perennially underrated in the context of Britpop, Oxford-based trio Supergrass announced last year that…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’10s: Radiohead – ‘The King Of Limbs’

As it passes the tenth anniversary of its release, Radiohead’s eighth album The King Of Limbs is well overdue a favourable critical re-evaluation. Since it…

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CLASSIC ’10s: Adele – ’21’

As one of the biggest-selling albums in world history, Adele’s titanic second album 21 needs very little introduction. The themes of heartbreak, resilience and recovery…

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CLASSIC ’00s: The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’

On the surface of it, the prospect of a six-piece Australian DJ collective spinning tunes sampling The Osmonds, Boney M and Madonna doesn’t sound like…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Sparklehorse – ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’

While much is made of the studio in which an album is recorded, and often rightly so, it’s always worth remembering that less conventionally professional…

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CULT ’90s: Scott Walker – ‘Tilt’

Although it was couldn’t possibly have been more out of step with the times when it was released into the height of Britpop in mid-1995,…

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CULT ’90s: Aphex Twin – ‘…I Care Because You Do’

Traditionally, and somewhat unfairly, …I Care Because You Do is viewed as a kind of awkward middle child in Richard D. James’ discography as Aphex…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Brian Eno & David Byrne – ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’

In 1981, as the increasingly diluted New Romantic scene dominated the charts to symbolically mark the final extinguishing of punk’s flame, an album with absolutely…

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CULT ’80s: The Clash – ‘Sandinista!’

The clumsily titled umbrella term ‘world music’ has always been viewed as a bit of a dirty word in rock criticism, tending to be deployed…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Bruce Springsteen – ‘The River’

Fairly or unfairly, double albums enjoy rather a checkered reputation, serving as a mental shorthand for mess, contradiction and general excessive indulgence. The River, released…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Carole King – ‘Tapestry’

Before they’ve even pressed play or dropped the needle on it, the listener knows everything they need about Carole King’s album Tapestry simply by looking…

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CULT ’70s: Vashti Bunyan – ‘Just Another Diamond Day’

It was the curse of a number of British folk artists that they would go unappreciated in their time, sometimes within their own circles as…

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CULT ’70s: The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’

When thought of in the context of a three-year period that had seen the release of three avant-garde albums that have all gained enormous prestige…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’

Pop critics and historians have never been able to agree on what exactly caused the Sixties utopian ideal of love, peace and understanding to expire,…

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CULT ’60s: King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’

Progressive rock, or ‘prog rock’, has consistently had something of a tainted reputation in the world of music criticism ever since the punk revolution in…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’

Not only is it one of the defining pop culture images of the 20th century, but, in retrospect, the iconic front cover of Abbey Road…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Albums of 2020

More than any other year in living memory, music has felt incredibly important in 2020. Not just as a structural means for idling away lockdown…

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The Top 200 Tracks of the 2010s

The indestructible gold standard for pop since the dawn of the recording age, the single format benefitted from an explosion in technology that made its…

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The Top 200 Albums of the 2010s

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium,…

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Artist Profiles

“Under Neon Loneliness” – A Beginner’s Guide to Manic Street Preachers

When the Manic Street Preachers began their career on the cusp of the 1990s, they conceived of themselves as a reaction, a contemptible sneer against…

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FROM WORST TO BEST: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

As a presence and influence in popular music, Nick Cave is an institution easily worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with the likes…

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A Beginner’s Guide to The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Although they’ve been active for three decades at this point, it’s one of the great mysteries in alternative music’s history as to why The Brian…

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