The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Greentea Peng – ‘MAN MADE’ (EMI / Universal)

For a debut album, Greentea Peng’s MAN MADE has had an enormous amount of hype attached to it. Aria Wells has been in the NME,…

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REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – ‘Path Of Wellness’ (Mom + Pop)

Unusually for a band of such impeccable credentials with both fans and music writers, Sleater-Kinney find themselves in the position of needing to recoup some…

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REVIEW: Japanese Breakfast – ‘Jubilee’ (Dead Oceans)

It would be too simplistic to characterise Michelle Zauner’s latest Japanese Breakfast album as merely ‘going pop’, as if that were a case of just…

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REVIEW: Gruff Rhys – ‘Seeking New Gods’ (Rough Trade)

As the lead singer of perennially undervalued Britpop anarchists Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys has always sought to put his own gentle but idiosyncratic twists…

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REVIEW: CHAI – ‘WINK’ (Sony / Sub Pop)

Hazy synth swells and sickly-sweet melodies ooze from Japanese four-piece CHAI’s third album release WINK, an album that unapologetically promotes fun and self-love with every…

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REVIEW: Black Midi – ‘Cavalcade’ (Rough Trade)

It seems that 2021 is the year of big, independently released British rock albums. There’s already been Black Country, New Road, Squid and even Shame…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: May 2021

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout May 2021! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/11k43irBbUdJPH7g38CPLS?si=53415f168d2f4907

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PLAYLIST: April 2021

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout April 2021 with our Spotify playlist! Happy listening!

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PLAYLIST: March 2021

Check out all the best new music released throughout March 2021! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6KUJf3OkBjTWWtSBr42pka?si=d5316f87be5a4099

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 14th-20th

All information correct at the time of publishing - to our knowledge! - regarding Coronavirus cancellations Band.io presents ‘Grl Pwr’ @ Hyde Park Book Club,…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 7th-13th

Mush @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 7th March Riding high on the recent release of their debut album 3D Routine, a collage of jaunty DIY…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 29th-March 6th

Supergrass @ Leeds O2 Academy, Sunday 1st March Commercially successful yet perennially underrated in the context of Britpop, Oxford-based trio Supergrass announced last year that…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’10s: Bon Iver – ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’

Created with a gargantuan effort to blend the more acoustic sound of For Emma, Forever Ago with Justin Vernon’s more intriguing electronic inclinations and even…

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CULT ’00s: The Shins – ‘Oh, Inverted World’

When two tracks by The Shins’ debut album Oh, Inverted Worldappeared on the soundtrack to 2004 film Garden State - a movie proudly espousing liberal…

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CULT ’00s: Radiohead – ‘Amnesiac’

Arriving as it did so shortly after the revolutionary shock of Kid A that left rock critics and cultural commentators divided as well as Radiohead’s…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Dr. Octagon – ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’

Although he had spearheaded one of hip-hop’s most influential groups as a member of Ultramagnetic MCs – their 1988 debut Critical Beatdown is one of…

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CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’

In the summer of 1996, at the height of Cool Britannia, a remix of a little-known minimalist house single that had stalled well outside the…

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CULT ’90s: Sparklehorse – ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’

While much is made of the studio in which an album is recorded, and often rightly so, it’s always worth remembering that less conventionally professional…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: Grace Jones – ‘Nightclubbing’

At the turn of the Eighties, despite having established a perfectly successful career in commercial terms, Grace Jones was not the towering, influential pop genius…

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CULT ’80s: Kraftwerk – ‘Computer World’

While they had spent the previous half-decade ahead of the pack with their futurist electronic symphonies – the unstoppable run of albums from Autobahn to…

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CULT ’80s: Brian Eno & David Byrne – ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’

In 1981, as the increasingly diluted New Romantic scene dominated the charts to symbolically mark the final extinguishing of punk’s flame, an album with absolutely…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’

For anybody who thinks that the Motown label was a flawless hit-generating machine that churned out classic after classic, consider the reception that greeted Marvin…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Sticky Fingers’

As the Sixties ended, The Rolling Stones found themselves at a crucial moment of change in their career. Their reputation and cultural power up until…

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CULT ’70s: The Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Teenage Head’

San Francisco at the turn of the Seventies has always been synonymous with psychedelia. The lysergically enhanced rock jams emerging out of the city’s Haight-Ashbury…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’

Pop critics and historians have never been able to agree on what exactly caused the Sixties utopian ideal of love, peace and understanding to expire,…

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CULT ’60s: King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’

Progressive rock, or ‘prog rock’, has consistently had something of a tainted reputation in the world of music criticism ever since the punk revolution in…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’

Not only is it one of the defining pop culture images of the 20th century, but, in retrospect, the iconic front cover of Abbey Road…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Albums of 2020

More than any other year in living memory, music has felt incredibly important in 2020. Not just as a structural means for idling away lockdown…

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The Top 200 Tracks of the 2010s

The indestructible gold standard for pop since the dawn of the recording age, the single format benefitted from an explosion in technology that made its…

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The Top 200 Albums of the 2010s

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium,…

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Artist Profiles

“Living Proof At My Fingertips” – A Beginner’s Guide to Echo & The Bunnymen

If the universe was a fair place – and for various reasons, let’s face it, it isn’t – then Echo & The Bunnymen would have…

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“Under Neon Loneliness” – A Beginner’s Guide to Manic Street Preachers

When the Manic Street Preachers began their career on the cusp of the 1990s, they conceived of themselves as a reaction, a contemptible sneer against…

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FROM WORST TO BEST: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

As a presence and influence in popular music, Nick Cave is an institution easily worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with the likes…

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