The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Jorja Smith – ‘Lost & Found’ (FAMM)

Four days after releasing her debut album, Walsall-born Jorja Smith turned 21 years old. In the space of two years from her SoundCloud solely containing…

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REVIEW: Kids See Ghosts – ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’ (GOOD / Def Jam)

Kid Cudi and Kanye West have had a polarizing relationship over the years. Both close collaborators - Kid Cudi is credited at least once on…

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REVIEW: Gruff Rhys – ‘Babelsberg’ (Rough Trade)

As one hot-take review has already succinctly put it, Gruff Rhys is the musical equivalent of an actor who’s just brilliant in everything he’s in,…

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REVIEW: Lykke Li – ‘so sad so sexy’ (RCA)

Lykke Li has not been named the Queen of Melancholia without a reason. The Swedish pop star has always been excellent at creating a bittersweet…

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REVIEW: Snail Mail – ‘Lush’ (Matador)

Take an indie rock band and put a female on vocals and you open the floodgates for comparisons to pretty much any other female-fronted band.…

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REVIEW: Boy Azooga – ‘1, 2, Kung Fu!’ (Heavenly / P.I.A.S.)

Super Furry Animals, Can, Sly & The Family Stone, Black Sabbath, Beastie Boys and Ty Segall are just several influences for the eclectic songwriter and…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: World Cup 2018

Football songs, particularly official English ones, are similar to James Bond themes and have a long and chequered history. Most are terrible, some are pretty…

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PLAYLIST: May 2018

With all the spectacular weather that we’ve had in May, the British festival summer is well and truly under way. Leeds alone has thrown its…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Frightened Rabbit

The indie world is in mourning this weekend following the news of the death of Scott Hutchison, the 36 year old lead singer of Scottish…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, June 16th-22nd

It’s the height of summer and the World Cup has started, but if the festival of football isn’t your thing, Leeds still has a pretty…

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LIVE REVIEW: Long Division Festival 2018

Prince Omari kicked off our day at Long Division 2018, bringing his cheeky hip-hop, slick beats and smooth flows to the outdoors BBC Introducing… stage…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, June 9th-June 15th

Club Kuru @ Headrow House, Saturday 9th June London based five-piece Club Kuru dropped their debut album Giving In this year, and they're coming to…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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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CULT ’00s: Portishead – ‘Third’

Influenced: Imogen Heap, Fever Ray, Beak>, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Grimes, The Weeknd, Phantogram, Gorillaz, HAELOS Influenced by: Ennio Morricone, Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Brian…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Mansun – ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’

For fans of: Radiohead, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Placebo, Eels, My Life Story Influenced: The Delgados, The Beta Band, At The Drive-In,…

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CULT ’90s: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘F# A# Infinity’

Influenced: Mogwai, Sigur Rós, Labradford, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Radiohead, Elbow, Arcade Fire, Explosions In The Sky, Manchester Orchestra, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra,…

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CULT ’90s: Blur – ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’

Influenced: Supergrass, Idlewild, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Peace, Gengahr, Blossoms, Rat Boy Influenced by: The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Surfer Rosa’

Influenced: Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Slint, Pavement, PJ Harvey, Belly, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Brainiac, Guided By Voices, Weezer, Blur, Ash, The Dismemberment Plan, Grandaddy, The White…

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CULT ’80s: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Influenced: Sebadoh, Mudhoney, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Afghan Whigs, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, The Cribs, Drenge, Kagoule,…

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CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Influenced: Blur, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Coldplay, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Arctic…

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Classic Albums

1970s

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 ’70s: Elvis Costello & The Attractions – ‘This Year’s Model’

Influenced: XTC, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Squeeze, Dexys Midnight Runners, Madness, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, Huey Lewis & The News, The Go-Betweens, The Beautiful South,…

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CULT ’70s: Suicide – ‘Suicide’

Influenced: D.A.F., Throbbing Gristle, Steve Albini, New Order, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The Human League, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Nick Cave & The Bad…

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Classic Albums

1960s

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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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

Influenced: Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, E.L.O., The Police, Prince, XTC, Pixies, The Stone Roses, Blur, Oasis, Neutral Milk Hotel,…

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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

WOMEN IN ROCK no.7: Viv Albertine

Influenced: The Pop Group, The Raincoats, Talulah Gosh, Bow Wow Wow, The Runaways, Sonic Youth, The Go-Go’s, Fugazi, Neneh Cherry, The Breeders, Björk, PJ Harvey,…

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“We Are Strange In Our Worlds” – An Introduction to Supergrass

Influenced: The Dandy Warhols, Muse, Stereophonics, The Strokes, The Libertines, Razorlight, The Futureheads, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, Tribes, Peace, The 1975, Blossoms, Gengahr…

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“London Belongs To Me” – An Introduction to Saint Etienne

Influenced: The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder, Dubstar, The Cardigans, Elastica, Garbage, Moby, The Avalanches, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Goldfrapp, Ladytron, Annie, The Go! Team, Warm Digits, Air…

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