The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Fat White Family – ‘Serfs Up!’ (Domino)

It’s taken a long time for Fat White Family to get to where they are today. Countless bust-ups, make-ups, hirings, firings, and the odd heroin…

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REVIEW: Lizzo – ‘Cuz I Love You’ (WEA)

For all that’s written about the dancefloor-oriented nature of her work, Lizzo makes music that feels deeply personal. She notes that in the lyrics of…

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REVIEW: Jade Bird – ‘Jade Bird’ (Glassnote)

Jade Bird’s natural talent for storytelling, paired with her angelic voice and intriguing inclination towards the sounds of country, folk and indie-rock, made this up-and-coming…

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REVIEW: Loyle Carner – ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ (Virgin EMI)

One of the best debut albums of 2017, Yesterday’s Gone established Loyle Carner as one of the brightest young stars of British music with his…

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REVIEW: Cage The Elephant – ‘Social Cues’ (RCA / Sony)

Kentucky’s Cage The Elephant are an American rock band have kept their mixture of blues, punk, garage and alternative rock going for over a decade…

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REVIEW: The Tallest Man On Earth – ‘I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream’ (Dead Oceans)

Over the course of a decade and four studio albums recording as The Tallest Man On Earth, Kristian Matsson has systematically put many other artists…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: April 2019

As of Easter 2019, we’re changing up the way we update our new music playlists. Rather than doing a re-cap at the end of every…

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PLAYLIST: March 2019

While March 2019 has been a mess of uncertainty and political irresponsibility and self-interest that’s both frightening and boring in equal measure, it’s been a…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Scott Walker

Dozens of icons of the world of independent and alternative music, as well as many in the world of pop, paid tribute to Scott Walker…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 20th-26th April

Riot Jazz Brass Band @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 20th April A nine-piece band consisting of three trumpets, three trombones, a sousaphone, drums and an…

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LIVE REVIEW: These New Puritans @ Belgrave Music Hall, 12.04.2019

Given that These New Puritans are responsible for one of the best albums of the decade, it’s pretty dispiriting to see that the Belgrave Music…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz!’

Looking back on the entirety of Noughties nearly a decade on, indeed as the following one is drawing to a close, it’s easier to get…

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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 Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Blur – ‘Parklife’

As many of its key works have passed 25th anniversary milestones in the last year or so, much has been made of the legacy of…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Nas – ‘Illmatic’

March 2014, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. Two decades after the release of a seminal album in hip-hop history –…

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CULT ’90s: Pulp – ‘His N’ Hers’

It’s an overcast, slightly chilly but dry evening on Saturday at Glastonbury in late June 1995. Instead of The Stone Roses, the advertised headliners on…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

Alternative rock legends Pixies have been chasing the reformation dollar for the last decade and a half, playing festivals across the world and becoming the…

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CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

The late 1980s: the peak of what many consider hip-hop’s golden era. 1988 alone saw the release of Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of…

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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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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: The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground’

In between the dazzling avant-garde architecture of that 1967 debut album, still rightly celebrated today as one of the greatest albums in history, and the…

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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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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

“Caught By The River” – An Introduction to Doves

It doesn’t matter how big you might have been, ten years is a long time to be away. Certainly enough for an entirely new generation…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Scott Walker

Dozens of icons of the world of independent and alternative music, as well as many in the world of pop, paid tribute to Scott Walker…

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“You Were There With Me” – An Introduction to Four Tet

In the two decades since he released his low-key debut album Dialogue in February 1999, musician and producer Kieran Hebden, more commonly under his performance…

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