The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Låpsley – ‘Through Water’ (Her Own Recordings / XL)

Holly Lapsley Fletcher’s four-year absence from recording was definitely more tangible than anyone could have expected, but as she herself stated, she definitely needed to…

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REVIEW: The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ (Republic / UMG)

R&B superstar Abel Tesfaye, professionally known as The Weeknd,is back with his newest full-length album After Hours, which sees the Ontario native don a new…

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REVIEW: Morrissey – ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’ (BMG)

We’ve all got that one friend or family member. You know the one - who frequently blurts out outrageous statements that clearly have not been…

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REVIEW: Baxter Dury – ‘The Night Chancers’ (Le Label / P.I.A.S.)

With a voice and disposition like Leonard Cohen if he was given to red wine, worn-out suits and late nights in central London dives, Baxter…

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REVIEW: Deap Lips – ‘Deap Lips’ (Cooking Vinyl)

For most bands, a collaboration is a one-off endeavour. An opportunity to bring together minds with entirely different approaches and sometimes from entirely different genres,…

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REVIEW: The Districts – ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ (Fat Possum)

After extensively touring their 2017’s Popular Manipulations, Philadelphia-based indie-pop hopefuls The Districts have returned with a fourth full-length album You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere,…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: March 2020

Check out our playlist of all the best new music to be released throughout March 2020 over at Spotify by clicking here, or by scrolling…

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An Introduction to Andrew Weatherall

The history and evolution of pop is too often told exclusively through frontmen, artists and performers, but this can’t hope to give a complete picture.…

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PLAYLIST: February 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout February 2020 so far with our playlist over at Spotify! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0RAZS8mTnYd0LeLWljJsgE?si=9MJfqubiQieKeReY7b0d8g

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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 ’00s: Broadcast – ‘The Noise Made By People’

Far from fulfilling 20th century pop culture’s visions of what the turn of the millennium might be like in musical and cultural terms, the year…

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CLASSIC ’10s: Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Tourist History’

The start of the last decade is generally held to have been, at best, a fallow period for guitar-based indie music or, according to naysayers,…

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CULT ’00s: Lambchop – ‘Nixon’

In the face of the commercially lucrative garage-rock revival and the continuing reign of nu-metal that dominated what we were increasingly being compelled to call…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Elastica – ‘Elastica’

Britpop is often regarded as one of the last great upheavals in popular music, but it was not a revolution in comparison to previous movements,…

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CULT ’90s: Tricky – ‘Maxinquaye’

Subsequent decades of records ranging from patience-testingly difficult to merely indifferent have blighted the reputation of Bristolian hip-hop auteur Tricky to the point that it’s…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Leftfield – ‘Leftism’

Although house and techno had been causing moral and cultural shockwaves in Britain when it emerged as a youth phenomenon at the end of the…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Young Marble Giants – ‘Colossal Youth’

It’s very rare that a band seems to come out of absolutely nowhere to establish a completely new paradigm for thinking about the creation of…

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CULT ’80s: The Replacements – ‘Let It Be’

1984 was a year of landmark underground albums in the American indie scene, with seminal records by Hüsker Dü, R.E.M. and Minutemen all released in…

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CULT ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Paul’s Boutique’

In the aftermath of their legendary party-starting debut Licensed To Ill in 1986, Beastie Boys were in a curious place. They moved to the West…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’

Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Dave Davies taking a razor blade to his amps for the fuzzy riffs of…

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CULT ’70s: Syd Barrett – ‘The Madcap Laughs’ / ‘Barrett’

On June 6th, 1970, the stage at the Kensington Olympia in West London played host to the first live performance by Syd Barrett. This was…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Clash – ‘London Calling’

Given their reputation as British punk’s most creative and firebrand outfit, The Clash’s status as one of the canonical all-time great bands seems like it…

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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 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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The Top 50 Albums of 2019

The final year of this benighted decade we’ve been sometimes compelled to call ‘The Teens’, 2019 has been a strange one for music. As seems…

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Artist Profiles

Remembering Daniel Johnston

Usually, when summarising the career of an artist in the wake of tragedy, there is a formality to the style, one filled with clichés like…

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“The House of the Jazz, of the Funk, of the Rhythm” – A Beginner’s Guide to A Tribe Called Quest

Lennon and McCartney; Morrissey and Marr; the Gallagher brothers. Some of the most iconic pop music ever made has been predicated by immense partnerships. Looking…

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“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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