The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Miles Kane – ‘Coup De Grace’ (Virgin / Universal)

While I was listening to Coup De Grace, my friend asked me what I was listening to. I simply answered “Miles Kane’s new record”. She’s…

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REVIEW: Iglooghost – ‘Clear Tamei’ / ‘Steel Mogu’ EP (Brainfeeder / Gloo)

Is there anyone releasing music that’s as purely fun as Seamus Malliagh's? Since being signed to the Brainfeeder label (home to the likes of Flying…

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REVIEW: Deaf Havana – ‘Rituals’ (SO / Silva Screen)

Once appealing to the pop-punk crowd with their first two records Meet Me Halfway, At Least and Fools And Worthless Liars, Norfolk-based rock band Deaf…

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REVIEW: Little Ugly Girls – ‘Little Ugly Girls’ (Chapter Music)

Operating in the relative cultural hinterland of Hobart, Tasmania in the pre-internet Nineties, Little Ugly Girls are a band that seem to have somehow slipped…

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REVIEW: Spider Bags – ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’ (Merge)

You can never predict what will come out of a Spider Bags album. Their unusual and off-kilter fusion of punk and indie-rock with country and…

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REVIEW: James – ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ (BMG)

Manchester-based veterans James have escaped the fate of many of their baggy and Britpop contemporaries by hitting one of the richest veins of form in…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: Songs For Summer

Summer time! Uni has finished, and it’s time to head back home for a couple of months and see your old friends. Weeks of hanging…

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PLAYLIST: July 2018

To summarise July 2018, then – it’s too disgustingly hot to even think of doing anything; Brexit now means food riots; and football’s staying out…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Trojan Records

Having been established half a century ago in 1968, the story of Trojan Records is integral to one of the most vivid and fondly remembered…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, August 11th-17th

KT Tunstall @ Millennium Square, Saturday 11th August Representing a bit of a blast from the past in 2018, KT Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, July 28th-August 3rd

Queen Kwong @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 29th July Queen Kwong, a.k.a. Carré Callaway, is an American indie rock artist who landed on the music…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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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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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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Siamese Dream’

Influenced: Radiohead, Weezer, Afghan Whigs, The Lemonheads, Silversun Pickups, Filter, Garbage, Foo Fighters, Eels, Dandy Warhols, Lush, Sparklehorse, Death Cab For Cutie, Ash, Placebo, Feeder,…

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CULT ’90s: Sparklehorse – ‘Good Morning Spider’

Influenced: Low, Eels, Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Cat Power, Bill Callahan…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Björk – ‘Debut’

Ironically, despite it feeling so much like the start of a new era both in pop and her own career, Debut was not the first…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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 ’80s: Public Enemy – ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

Influenced: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, The Pharcyde, Gang Starr,…

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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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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

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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Big Time Sensuality – An Introduction to Björk

Influenced: Radiohead, Animal Collective, Madonna, Moloko, Broadcast, Sigur Rós, The Knife, M.I.A., Goldfrapp, Portishead, Dirty Projectors, Robyn, Bat For Lashes, Fever Ray, Joanna Newsom, Regina…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.7: Viv Albertine

Influenced: The Pop Group, The Raincoats, Talulah Gosh, Bow Wow Wow, The Runaways, Sonic Youth, The Go-Go’s, Fugazi, Neneh Cherry, The Breeders, Björk, PJ Harvey,…

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