The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Pom Poko – ‘Cheater’ (Bella Union)

The weird and wonderful Pom Poko released their eclectic debut Birthday just under two years ago back in early 2019. It was an absolute feast…

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REVIEW: Shame – ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ (Dead Oceans)

Even though it’s their second album, Shame’s Drunk Tank Pink reeks of debut. This isn’t intended as an insult, or as a way of putting…

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REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘Spare Ribs’ (Rough Trade)

With each passing year, Sleaford Mods’ artistry seems ever more familiar and reliable yet more urgent, more needed than ever before. As long as the…

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REVIEW: Lanterns On The Lake – ‘The Realist’ EP (Bella Union’

Despite giving us their magnum opus earlier in 2020 in the form of Spook The Herd and getting nominated for the Mercury Prize, Lanterns On…

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REVIEW: The Avalanches – ‘We Will Always Love You’ (Modular)

We Will Always Love You feels like an apt name for an Avalanches record; no matter what the duo release, the music world will stop and…

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REVIEW: Dirty Projectors – ‘5EPs’ (Domino)

Perhaps deliberately designed to deflect the long-standing impression that Dirty Projectors is the exclusive artistic vehicle for David Longstreth, with whatever musicians happen to be…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: January 2021

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout January 2021 with our Spotify playlist. Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2XspJO8NbQRLwoquxBUqwR?si=e3ISx60WTqS05fkLubnt6Q

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A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note

Some record labels are absolutely synonymous with not only a genre of music, but a very specific variant thereof. Chess Records goes hand in hand…

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PLAYLIST: December 2020

Catch up with all of the best new music released throughout December 2020 with our Spotify playlist! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5uBDVXeAC9ZwV4EhhFMOs1?si=kToTkdtTSbCPEukrok0P0g

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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: The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’

On the surface of it, the prospect of a six-piece Australian DJ collective spinning tunes sampling The Osmonds, Boney M and Madonna doesn’t sound like…

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CLASSIC ’10s: Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

It’s been a decade since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy graced pop culture with its presence – the record that is still considered by many…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Outkast – ‘Stankonia’

As the new millennium dawned, Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast were in a very unusual position. They had emerged not only as one of the most…

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Classic Albums

1990s

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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CULT ’90s: Aphex Twin – ‘…I Care Because You Do’

Traditionally, and somewhat unfairly, …I Care Because You Do is viewed as a kind of awkward middle child in Richard D. James’ discography as Aphex…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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 ’80s: Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’

Critically acclaimed albums that appeal both to the intellectual, cerebral aspects of our humanity as well as the body, the heart and soul are few…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Vashti Bunyan – ‘Just Another Diamond Day’

It was the curse of a number of British folk artists that they would go unappreciated in their time, sometimes within their own circles as…

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CULT ’70s: The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’

When thought of in the context of a three-year period that had seen the release of three avant-garde albums that have all gained enormous prestige…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’

Throughout his career, now well into its sixth decade and showing no signs of slowing up in terms of productivity, Neil Young has alternated between…

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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

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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“Motor Away” – An Introduction to Guided By Voices

Robert Pollard’s unique reputation and position within the American alternative music scene is legendary, known as the ultra-prolific songwriter behind Guided By Voices, a handful…

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