The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Penelope Isles – ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ (Bella Union)

Orbiting around brother/sister bandmates Jack and Lily Wolter, Penelope Isles and their frizzy textures have risen slightly above most of Brighton’s indie music scene. Impressively…

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REVIEW: Africa Express – ‘EGOLI’ (Africa Express)

Since its establishment as a non-profit organisation in the aftermath of the patronising Live 8 in 2005 by Damon Albarn, journalist Ian Birrell and a…

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REVIEW: Purple Mountains – ‘Purple Mountains’ (Drag City)

“David Berman is Alive and Living in Chicago.” So reads the headline on a recent profile of the erstwhile Silver Jews frontman, an indie rock…

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REVIEW: Jesca Hoop – ‘Stonechild’ (Memphis Industries)

On her fifth album titled Stonechild, American folk artist Jesca Hoop takes a closer look on loneliness and relationships, especially in the context of motherhood…

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REVIEW: Tunng – ‘This Is Tunng… Magpie Bites And Other Cuts’ (Full Time Hobby)

Formed in 2003 as an initiative of Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay, Tunng have been exploring the acoustic-electronic waters of folktronica for more than 15…

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REVIEW: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Bandana’ (Keep Cool / RCA)

When a collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib was announced in 2014, it registered as an immediate head-turner. How would these two artists - one…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: July 2019

Check out our playlist of all the best new music released in July 2019 over at Spotify, or scroll below! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1rSDP4LssfVRr7tM7HwMzJ?si=omnvu8NRSG6Yk3lsqlCkLA

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A Beginner’s Guide to Stereolab

As the Nineties indie scene begins to be re-appraised with more diversity and depth than it’s usually explored, groups like Stereolab are gradually coming to…

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PLAYLIST: June 2019

While summer seems to have deserted the country, in a case of nature reflecting the human condition as the grim politics of our present unravels,…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 13th-19th July

Tinariwen @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 13th July With their eighth studio album Amajdar out in a couple of months’ time, Grammy-winning Tuareg musical collective…

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LIVE REVIEW: Mac DeMarco @ The Piece Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall is one good-looking venue. A grandeur courtyard-shaped building with a marketplace history, on this particular day it became the base for the…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 6th-12th July

Mattiel @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 8th July A singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Mattiel Brown is one of the most exciting new faces of garage rock.…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’

Big voice, big presence and big sound – the grandeur of Florence Welch and her Machine is something anyone who’s ever had a glimpse of…

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CULT ’00s: Dirty Projectors – ‘Bitte Orca’

It was about Dirty Projectors’ incredible breakout album Bitte Orca that Time Magazine’s Josh Tyrangiel birthed the immortal critical phrase “making the critic’s job undoable”…

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CULT ’00s: The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’

Although they’ve now got a reputation as one of the country’s most prestigious and longest-running indie acts, at the start of 2009 The Horrors were…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Californication’

Before the globe-conquering success of their 1999 album Californication, notorious Californian funk and alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers were in a state of turmoil…

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CULT ’90s: The Flaming Lips – ‘The Soft Bulletin’

Much was made a couple of years ago when Radiohead’s OK Computer turned 20 years old, with dozens of think-pieces and commentators pointing out the…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Weezer – ‘Weezer’ (‘The Blue Album’)

It’s been written about to death at this point, but it’s still difficult to truly emphasise how baffling Weezer’s career has been. After tearing up…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: The Cure – ‘Disintegration’

Since their inception in the late ‘70s in the wake of punk, Robert Smith and the rotating cast of The Cure have become a globally…

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CLASSIC ’80s: The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’

Three decades after the release of their self-titled debut album, there’s very little left to say about The Stone Roses at this point in history.…

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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 Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Can there possibly be a more famous cult album in existence than Unknown Pleasures? In the four decades since its release in June 1979, it’s…

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CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

By the second half of 1978, David Bowie was in a curious point in his career. He’d left Berlin in February of that year, having…

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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 Albums

1960s

CULT ’60s: Nick Drake – ‘Five Leaves Left’

In contrast to the mythologising that often surrounds rock star deaths, the story of Nick Drake is not a remotely glamorous one. Instead, it is…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

The ‘rock opera’ has had a chequered history as it has evolved in the half-century since the archetype was established in 1969. Like its close…

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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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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

“Listen To Me, I’m On The Stereo” – A Beginner’s Guide to Pavement

It’s been almost two decades since Pavement were active in any meaningful way, the group’s component parts quietly parting ways in the pursuit of solo…

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“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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