The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Haim – ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ (Universal)

On their third album, bluntly titled Women In Music Pt. III, the Haim sisters open up like never before, bringing their traumas and deeply emotional…

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REVIEW: Arca – ‘KiCk i’ (XL)

Anyone who’s ever seen Arca perform – in the physical, real life sense, or the virtual Instagram one – knows that this artist is as…

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REVIEW: Pottery – ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’ (Partisan)

Pottery’s debut album, Welcome To Bobby’s Motel displays the breadth of the band’s musical tastes, style and influences, with a good dash of humour and…

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REVIEW: Khruangbin – ‘Mordechai’ (Dead Oceans)

Versatile Houston-based soul and funk trio Khruangbin have returned with their third full-length album Mordechai. Coming less than five months after their previous release Texas…

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REVIEW: Nadine Shah – ‘Kitchen Sink’ (Infectious / BMG)

Active for several years but eventually getting wider recognition and exposure in 2017 for her Mercury Prize-nominated third album Holiday Destination – which really ought…

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REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Punisher’ (Dead Oceans)

The beloved singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers’ second solo album Punisher is a dreamy collection of songs bearing hefty loneliness, co-dependency and unrequited sacrifice towards self-hating partners.…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: June 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout the month of June 2020 with our Spotify playlist, available here or at the bottom of this page. Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dNLV16SWNitu8j7GVE1q0?si=ye2heACORyK9-VcSLMlyXw

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PLAYLIST: May 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout May 2020 with our Spotify playlist! Happy listening!

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PLAYLIST: April 2020

Check out our Spotify playlist of all the best new music released throughout April 2020! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3gonRU1w3wUlXyqCLIRS5C?si=Y1AzkUPTTXi5xey1BmhLHA

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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 ’00s: Modest Mouse – ‘The Moon & Antarctica’

Released in the summer of 2000 to only minor commercial success but avalanches of critical acclaim, The Moon & Antarctica played a key role in…

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CULT ’00s: Grandaddy – ‘The Sophtware Slump’

During the Nineties, a significant trend in popular culture fixated on the upcoming turn of the millennium, an anxious and often paranoid impulse that produced…

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CULT ’10s: The National – ‘High Violet’

The National have always attracted the somewhat backhanded compliment of a “grower” band. It’s a label freighted with the slightly lazy assumption that after over-repeated…

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Classic Albums

1990s

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 ’90s: Elastica – ‘Elastica’

Britpop is often regarded as one of the last great upheavals in popular music, but it was not a revolution in comparison to previous movements,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Young Marble Giants – ‘Colossal Youth’

It’s very rare that a band seems to come out of absolutely nowhere to establish a completely new paradigm for thinking about the creation of…

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CULT ’80s: The Replacements – ‘Let It Be’

1984 was a year of landmark underground albums in the American indie scene, with seminal records by Hüsker Dü, R.E.M. and Minutemen all released in…

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CULT ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Paul’s Boutique’

In the aftermath of their legendary party-starting debut Licensed To Ill in 1986, Beastie Boys were in a curious place. They moved to the West…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: The Beatles – ‘Let It Be’

When considering Let It Be, the final album that The Beatles released in chronological terms but not the last music they created together, it’s hard…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’

Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Dave Davies taking a razor blade to his amps for the fuzzy riffs of…

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CULT ’70s: Syd Barrett – ‘The Madcap Laughs’ / ‘Barrett’

On June 6th, 1970, the stage at the Kensington Olympia in West London played host to the first live performance by Syd Barrett. This was…

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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 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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The Top 50 Albums of 2019

The final year of this benighted decade we’ve been sometimes compelled to call ‘The Teens’, 2019 has been a strange one for music. As seems…

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Artist Profiles

“Out Of The Blue” – A Beginner’s Guide to Roxy Music

At a point when rock and pop music’s most legendary artists and bands are being increasingly commemorated in re-issue campaigns, reunion tours and think pieces,…

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“Never Exist Without Being Generic” – A Beginner’s Guide to The Cribs

Once described by Q magazine as “the biggest cult band in the UK”, there’s something comfortingly authentic about The Cribs' career trajectory over the nearly…

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“Where Heaven Waits” – A Beginner’s Guide to Depeche Mode

When bands achieve a certain level of fame and exposure, it becomes hard to know which direction to go in. Do you double down on…

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