The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: The Snuts – ‘W.L.’ (Parlophone)

Bands rarely offer such bold and unabashed statements before a debut album as that of The Snuts’ lead singer Jack Cochrane. The Glaswegian frontman really…

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REVIEW: Dry Cleaning – ‘New Long Leg’ (4AD)

There’s something hypnotic about Dry Cleaning. It’s most likely their vocalist Florence Shaw, who often chooses to use spoken word vocal delivery as opposed to…

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REVIEW: serpentwithfeet – ‘DEACON’ (Secretly Canadian)

Awash with hazy pop tones and breathless vocals, serpentwithfeet’s latest release DEACON is a taste of springtime in Los Angeles. Light and airy compositions adorn…

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REVIEW: Ben Howard – ‘Collections From The Whiteout’ (Island / Universal)

It’s been a quiet few years for Ben Howard, his last album Noonday Dream, released not too long ago in 2018, made little impact amongst…

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REVIEW: Tune-Yards – ‘sketchy.’ (4AD)

The indie-pop powerhouse duo Tune-Yards are back with their fifth album sketchy., delivering yet another catchy and captivating record. Known for Merrill Garbus’s androgynous voice,…

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REVIEW: Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Promises’ (Luaka Bop)

Five years in the making by way of remote collaboration and painstaking tweaking and editing, Promises is an absolutely fascinating proposition. Sam Shepherd, an electronic…

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Staff Playlists

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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PLAYLIST: February 2021

Check out all the best new music released throughout February 2021 on our Spotify playlist below! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3dr9tLY1dpOqy8MOcSg8n9?si=1RW-KmIqRTG-8gE7149Xqw

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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

CLASSIC ’00s: Gorillaz – ‘Gorillaz’

By the time Blur finished 13 near the end of the Nineties, Damon Albarn was a man in crisis. His highly publicised relationship with Justine…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Daft Punk – ‘Discovery’

When Daft Punk recently announced their split, after nearly three decades together yet having maintained total radio silence for over seven years, it was a…

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CULT ’10s: Radiohead – ‘The King Of Limbs’

As it passes the tenth anniversary of its release, Radiohead’s eighth album The King Of Limbs is well overdue a favourable critical re-evaluation. Since it…

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Classic Albums

1990s

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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CULT ’90s: Scott Walker – ‘Tilt’

Although it was couldn’t possibly have been more out of step with the times when it was released into the height of Britpop in mid-1995,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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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CULT ’80s: The Clash – ‘Sandinista!’

The clumsily titled umbrella term ‘world music’ has always been viewed as a bit of a dirty word in rock criticism, tending to be deployed…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Bruce Springsteen – ‘The River’

Fairly or unfairly, double albums enjoy rather a checkered reputation, serving as a mental shorthand for mess, contradiction and general excessive indulgence. The River, released…

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Classic Albums

1970s

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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CULT ’70s: Nick Drake – ‘Bryter Layter’

Sandwiched between the perfect poise of his debut Five Leaves Left and the bereft, spartan swansong of Pink Moon, Nick Drake’s second LP Bryter Layter…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Carole King – ‘Tapestry’

Before they’ve even pressed play or dropped the needle on it, the listener knows everything they need about Carole King’s album Tapestry simply by looking…

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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

“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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A Beginner’s Guide to The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Although they’ve been active for three decades at this point, it’s one of the great mysteries in alternative music’s history as to why The Brian…

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