The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Belle & Sebastian – ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ (Matador)

Despite the technological revolutions over half a century of recorded music history that have threatened to render it obsolete, the humble EP format has proved…

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REVIEW: Twin Peaks – ‘Sweet ’17 Singles’ (Grand Jury Music)

Twin Peaks don’t really care for conceptual albums and/or grandiose over-arching themes. A year ago, the energetic Chicago outfit announced that they’ll be releasing a…

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REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’ (Domino)

It’s been a while since the name Franz Ferdinand has been loitering for too long in anyone’s mind. Partly due to their brief FFS collaborative…

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REVIEW: MGMT – ‘Little Dark Age’ (Columbia)

“Welcome to the shit-show / grab a comfortable seat” sings a mischievous Andrew VanWyngarden in the very first track of Little Dark Age, the fourth…

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REVIEW: Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (Bella Union)

Ezra Furman might be one of the quirkiest artists out there, often performing in women’s clothes, wearing bright red lipstick, and sings about issues rooted…

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REVIEW: Phobophobes – ‘Miniature World’ (Ra-Ra-Rok Records)

Formed in London in 2013, Phobophobes’ long journey to the release of their debut album, Miniature World, is one filled with eccentricity. In the past…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: Primavera Sound 2018

Imagine a festival on an idyllic beach, where it doesn’t rain, headlined by the best musicians from a plethora of genres at the top of…

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PLAYLIST: R.I.P. Wild Beasts – 14 Songs For 14 Years

The announcement last summer that Wild Beasts are splitting up came to the surprise and dismay of indie fans everywhere. Over the course of five…

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PLAYLIST: January 2018

Although January 2018 has been a month for huddling up indoors and trying to block out the post-Christmas blues and skies of slate-grey, it's also…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 17th-23rd

The news stories may be showing that the festival season is rapidly taking shape ahead of us, but as it’s still winter out there, it’s…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 3rd-9th

Although the sun’s been vaguely threatening to shine, it’s still nowhere near springtime yet, so get in from the cold and warm your spirits with…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Vampire Weekend – ‘Vampire Weekend’

Influenced: Yeasayer, Local Natives, Real Estate, Foster The People, Lord Huron, Future Islands, Blossoms, Washed Out Influenced by: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Fela Kuti,…

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CLASSIC ’00s: MGMT – ‘Oracular Spectacular’

Influenced: Friendly Fires, Cut Copy, M83, Passion Pit, The Temper Trap, Empire Of The Sun, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster The People, Foxygen, Pond, Tame…

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CULT ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Fever To Tell’

Influenced: Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, Death From Above 1979, The Kills, The Duke Spirit, The Gossip, Metric, Kate Nash Vampire Weekend,…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’

Influenced: Animal Collective, Bright Eyes, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Wilco, The Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Deerhunter, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists,…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Dr. Dre – ‘The Chronic’

Influenced: Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., The Pharcyde, Blackstreet, Jay-Z, OutKast, Eminem, 50 Cent, Xzibit, T.I., YG, Travis Mills, Kendrick Lamar,…

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CULT ’90s: Rage Against The Machine – ‘Rage Against The Machine’

Influenced: Deftones, At The Drive-In, Queens Of The Stone Age, System Of A Down, Linkin Park, Muse, Green Day, Titus Andronicus, Run The Jewels, Danny…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Influenced: Sebadoh, Mudhoney, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Afghan Whigs, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, The Cribs, Drenge, Kagoule,…

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CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Influenced: Blur, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Coldplay, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Arctic…

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CULT ’80s: Hüsker Dü – ‘Zen Arcade’

Influenced: R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, The Afghan Whigs, The Breeders, The Lemonheads, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone…

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Classic Albums

1970s

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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CULT ’70s: Wire – ‘Pink Flag’

Influenced: The Fall, Joy Division, The Cure, Gang Of Four, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Mission Of Burma, Henry Rollins, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Hüsker Dü, R.E.M.,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Sex Pistols – ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’

Influenced: Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Jam, Joy Division, Wire, The Raincoats, The Slits, The Cure, Gang Of Four, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Circle…

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Classic Albums

1960s

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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CULT ’60s: Love – ‘Forever Changes’

Influenced: The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, Traffic, Syd Barrett, The Grateful Dead, Big Star, Television…

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Staff Lists

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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The Top 50 Albums of 2017

Over the last six months or so, many of us at The Student Playlist have remarked to each other that 2017 hasn’t really seemed like…

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Artist Profiles

“Do You Want To Know That It Doesn’t Hurt Me?” – An Introduction to Kate Bush

Influenced: Cocteau Twins, Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Björk, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, The Cranberries, Suede, Tricky, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Fiona…

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From Gangsta Rap to Despicable Me: A Short Guide to The Neptunes and Pharrell Williams

Influenced: OutKast, Gorillaz, Kelis, Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, M.I.A., Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Future, Shabazz Palaces, A$AP Rocky, Diplo, Major Lazer, Kaytranada…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.6: Siouxsie Sioux

Influenced: Blondie, Bauhaus, The Raincoats, Kate Bush, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Altered Images, Depeche Mode, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The…

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