The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ (Jagjaguwar)

‘I Told You Everything’, the opening track from Sharon Van Etten’s first new album in almost half a decade, opens with spine-tingling piano and the…

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REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ (Polydor)

James Blake has definitively cemented his place as the UK’s premier genre-bending producer over the last decade. That reputation is down to his being in…

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REVIEW: Alessia Cara – ‘The Pains Of Growing’ (Def Jam / UMG)

22 year old pop artist Alessia Cara has faced several challenges over the past few years – propelled rapidly into the limelight with hits like…

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REVIEW: Anderson .Paak – ‘Oxnard’ (Aftermath / 12 Tone)

Most established fans of his work probably knew what to expect from Anderson .Paak’s third studio album Oxnard, titled after the area of California in…

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REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

I have once, in one of my slightly intoxicated, overly-excited monologues to friends about whatever art I happen to be into at the moment, described…

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REVIEW: The Good, The Bad & The Queen – ‘Merrie Land’ (Studio 13)

Following the absolute shambles that was the EU Referendum, Damon Albarn, known commonly as “that bloke from the Gorilaz and Blur”, journeyed around Britain to…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Motown Records

The most legendary record labels in pop history are not just business, not mere commercial enterprises – their names become as famous as the music…

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PLAYLIST: December 2018

The music industry tends to shut down almost entirely throughout December, normally a month for looking back and compiling end-of-year lists for publications and a…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Brainfeeder

Established in Los Angeles by Steven Ellison – a.k.a. the experimental multi-genre electronic music producer, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper Flying Lotus – in 2008, Brainfeeder…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 19th-25th January

The Wave Pictures @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 21st January Off the back of two pretty excellent albums within 12 months in 2018, Loughborough’s The…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 15th-21st December

British Sea Power @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 15th December A festive treat for indie fans this Christmas as oddball indie veterans British Sea Power…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 8th-14th December

The Charlatans @ Leeds Direct Arena, Sunday 9th December The Charlatans are a universally beloved indie-rock institution whose folk-inflected sound has proven to be evergreen…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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 ’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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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: My Bloody Valentine – ‘Isn’t Anything’

Influenced: Slowdive, Ride, Lush, Curve, Mazzy Star, The Verve, Primal Scream, Smashing Pumpkins, Spiritualized, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dandy Warhols, The Flaming Lips, Mercury…

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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 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: 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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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘The Beatles (aka The White Album)’

Influenced: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Big Star, Steely Dan, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush, The La’s, The Stone Roses, Oasis,…

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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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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

FROM WORST TO BEST: The Cure

Influenced: Tears For Fears, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur Jr., The Sugarcubes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,…

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“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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