The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Kurt Vile – ‘Bottle It In’ (Matador)

Ever since leaving The War On Drugs a decade ago, American multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Kurt Vile has made a name for himself with his solo…

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REVIEW: Cat Power – ‘Wanderer’ (Domino)

Wanderer, the tenth album from the blues-rooted, husky-voiced singer-songwriter Cat Power (originally Chan Marshall), sets off with a dreamy, almost choral minute of a delicate…

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Twenty One Pilots, the musical duo comprised of singer, songwriter, rapper, bassist, and beanie aficionado Tyler Joseph and drummer and hair icon Josh Dun, are…

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REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker – ‘abysskiss’ (Saddle Creek)

Adrianne Lenker steps aside from her indie-rock band Big Thief to gift us a delicate and well thought-out collection of songs on her new solo…

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REVIEW: Estrons – ‘You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough’ (Gofod)

Welsh self-described “heavy pop” trio Estrons have been making waves for the past three years at this point. But finally, their long-awaited debut album You…

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REVIEW: Marissa Nadler – ‘For My Crimes’ (Bella Union)

When it comes to the work of Marissa Nadler, one generally knows what they can expect; gorgeously vivid lyricism, surrounded by hazy and intimate guitars…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: September 2018

Welcome (back) to uni everybody! Another academic year began this September, as the afternoons draw in and the air gets colder, and The Student Playlist…

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PLAYLIST: A Short Introduction to Vaporwave

Steeped in the retro-futuristic visions of the 1980s and 1990s, vaporwave isn’t so much a genre as it is a theme. The often psychedelic images…

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PLAYLIST: August 2018

It’s the end of August, nearly the end of festival season, and Sweatbox Britain has officially cooled down at long last. Sky water – remember…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

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

Tom Odell @ O2 Academy, Tuesday 16th October Tom Odell became an international sensation in 2013, after the release of his debut album Long Way…

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

The Coral @ Leeds Beckett University, Saturday 6th October The Coral emerged in the early 2000s and since then have been successfully delivering timeless indie-rock…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 29th September-5th October

The Night Café @ The Wardrobe, Monday 1st October The Night Café are a young band from Liverpool with a lot of hunger to make…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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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CULT ’00s: No Age – ‘Nouns’

Influenced: Pissed Jeans, Japandroids, Wavves, Ty Segall, Bass Drum Of Death, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Metz, Cloud Nothings, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Speedy Ortiz, FIDLAR, Moon Duo,…

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Classic Albums

1990s

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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CULT ’90s: The Beta Band – ‘The Three EPs’

Influenced: Radiohead, Spiritualized, The Delgados, Broadcast, Doves, Wilco, The Avalanches, Mull Historical Society, Elbow, The Coral, The Cooper Temple Clause, Kasabian, Mystery Jets, Tom Vek,…

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CULT ’90s: Mansun – ‘Six’

Influenced: Eels, The Delgados, Muse, The Beta Band, My Vitriol, The Coral, Elbow, British Sea Power, Hope Of The States, Titus Andronicus, Menace Beach Influenced…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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 ’80s: N.W.A – ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Influenced: Rage Against The Machine, MC Eiht, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, House Of Pain, Cypress Hill, Nas, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Outkast, Eminem,…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Public Enemy – ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

Influenced: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, The Pharcyde, Gang Starr,…

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Classic Albums

1970s

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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CULT ’70s: Wire – ‘Chairs Missing’

Influenced: Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Fall, The Pop Group, Pere Ubu, Josef K, Mission Of Burma, Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, Swell Maps, Black Flag,…

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CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘The Man-Machine’

Influenced: Cerrone, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Devo, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, New Order, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Pet…

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Classic Albums

1960s

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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CULT ’60s: The Zombies – ‘Odessey And Oracle’

Influenced: Bee Gees, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Electric Light Orchestra, Paul Weller, XTC, Television Personalities, The La’s, The Boo Radleys, Super Furry Animals, of Montreal, Neutral…

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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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Staff Lists

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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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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Artist Profiles

“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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From Worst To Best: Slayer

Influenced: Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Carcass, Pantera, Sepultura, Ministry, Killswitch Engaged, System Of A Down, Slipknot Influenced by: The Stooges, Led…

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Big Time Sensuality – An Introduction to Björk

Influenced: Radiohead, Animal Collective, Madonna, Moloko, Broadcast, Sigur Rós, The Knife, M.I.A., Goldfrapp, Portishead, Dirty Projectors, Robyn, Bat For Lashes, Fever Ray, Joanna Newsom, Regina…

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