The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Slug – ‘HiggledyPiggledy’ (Memphis Industries)

It’s incredibly difficult to put a finger on Ian Black, whose adventurous compositions wander around the music spectrum in a frantic way. On his second…

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REVIEW: Tinashe – ‘Joyride’ (RCA / Sony)

After first teasing it all the way back in 2015, Tinashe’s third record Joyride is finally here; it’s almost a direct continuation of her previous…

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REVIEW: Breaking Benjamin – ‘Ember’ (Hollywood Records)

Breaking Benjamin, almost 20 years in the making, are not only highly regarded by the millions of metal fans that make up their fanbase but…

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REVIEW: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Resistance Is Futile’ (Columbia)

It’s perhaps fitting for a band as multi-faceted in their identity and approach as the Manic Street Preachers that the title of their 13th album,…

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REVIEW: Makeness – ‘Loud Patterns’ (Secretly Canadian)

Under the recording moniker of Makeness, Scottish-born songwriter and producer Kyle Molleson has tried to forge links between the dissonance of industrial and post-rock music…

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REVIEW: Eels – ‘The Deconstruction’ (E Works)

Eleven albums down the road and back from a four year ‘sabbatical’, E (more commonly known as Mark Oliver Everett) of Eels described their 12th…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: March 2018

Well, a quarter of 2018 has already gone, and while the adult world of politics looks increasingly terrifying, at least the music scene is hotting…

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PLAYLIST: Mad Cool 2018

Guitar legends? Check. Beautiful weather? Check. Tapas? Check. Mad Cool is currently the fastest rising music festival in Europe, and it’s easy to see why.…

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PLAYLIST: Songs For Snow Days

Only in Britain can some snow become a national headline event. Weather has always preoccupied the nation’s psyche – famously, it’s all that anybody over…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Six New Artists to catch at Live At Leeds 2018

The hype in the air is palpable as Live At Leeds 2018 is right around the corner. As always, the one-day, inner-city affair will showcase…

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

If the prospect of returning to university with exams and possible dissertations on the horizon is filling you with dread, just remember that Leeds still…

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PREVIEW: Live At Leeds 2018

The time is nearly upon us once again for Live At Leeds, the city-wide musical extravaganza held on Saturday May 5th 2018, the first bank…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: Panic At The Disco – ‘Pretty. Odd.’

Influenced: Twenty One Pilots, Crown The Empire, The 1975, Lil’ Peep, dodie Influenced by: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Foals – ‘Antidotes’

Influenced: Everything Everything, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, Local Natives, The Maccabees, Alt-J, Django Django, Jagwar Ma, Savages, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice, Portugal. The…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Vampire Weekend – ‘Vampire Weekend’

Influenced: Yeasayer, Local Natives, Real Estate, Foster The People, Lord Huron, Future Islands, Blossoms, Washed Out Influenced by: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Fela Kuti,…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Suede – ‘Suede’

Influenced: Radiohead, Gene, Placebo, The Killers, British Sea Power, Bloc Party, Christopher Owens, Blossoms, Sundara Karma, Spring King, The Big Moon Influenced by: The Velvet…

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CULT ’90s: Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’

Influenced: Animal Collective, Bright Eyes, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Wilco, The Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Deerhunter, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists,…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Dr. Dre – ‘The Chronic’

Influenced: Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., The Pharcyde, Blackstreet, Jay-Z, OutKast, Eminem, 50 Cent, Xzibit, T.I., YG, Travis Mills, Kendrick Lamar,…

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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

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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CULT ’70s: Wire – ‘Pink Flag’

Influenced: The Fall, Joy Division, The Cure, Gang Of Four, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Mission Of Burma, Henry Rollins, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Hüsker Dü, R.E.M.,…

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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

“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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“Do You Want To Know That It Doesn’t Hurt Me?” – An Introduction to Kate Bush

Influenced: Cocteau Twins, Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Björk, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, The Cranberries, Suede, Tricky, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Fiona…

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