The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Alessia Cara – ‘The Pains Of Growing’ (Def Jam / UMG)

22 year old pop artist Alessia Cara has faced several challenges over the past few years – propelled rapidly into the limelight with hits like…

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REVIEW: Anderson .Paak – ‘Oxnard’ (Aftermath / 12 Tone)

Most established fans of his work probably knew what to expect from Anderson .Paak’s third studio album Oxnard, titled after the area of California in…

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REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

I have once, in one of my slightly intoxicated, overly-excited monologues to friends about whatever art I happen to be into at the moment, described…

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REVIEW: The Good, The Bad & The Queen – ‘Merrie Land’ (Studio 13)

Following the absolute shambles that was the EU Referendum, Damon Albarn, known commonly as “that bloke from the Gorilaz and Blur”, journeyed around Britain to…

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REVIEW: Mumford & Sons – ‘Delta’ (Island Records)

It’s hard to find someone these days who’s simultaneously both into indie and folk and hasn’t heard of Mumford & Sons – the English darlings…

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REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.’ (Napalm Records)

Once the laughing stock of the indie establishment, Smashing Pumpkins soon became a force of nature who dominated part of the early-to-mid-nineties alternative rock scene.…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: November 2018

So, 2018 is almost over. The release schedule winds down after November, the same old Christmas music begins to dominate the background of public life,…

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PLAYLIST: Songs For Rainy Days

If there’s one thing that fundamentally defines the experience of being alive in Britain, it’s rainy days. Specifically, the curious ability to experience all four…

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PLAYLIST: October 2018

Greetings of the spooky season to you all! Although the nights are now definitively drawing in, uni is back up and running and it’s time…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 8th-14th December

The Charlatans @ Leeds Direct Arena, Sunday 9th December The Charlatans are a universally beloved indie-rock institution whose folk-inflected sound has proven to be evergreen…

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PREVIEW – Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 1st-7th December

The Headhunters @ Belgrave Music Hall, Monday 3rd December Herbie Hancock, a jazz pianist and composer, formed The Headhunters in 1973 with saxman/clarinettist Bennie Maupin,…

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LIVE REVIEW: Sunflower Bean @ The Wardrobe, Leeds 20/11/2018

Zig-zagging my way through the rain to The Wardrobe for some female-fronted American rock, the fire of excitement was burning high, despite the drab weather.…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’

Influenced: Rihanna, M.I.A., Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Sky Ferreira, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX Influenced by: David Bowie, Donna Summer, Queen, Blondie,…

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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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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Influenced: Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Tricky, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Kanye West, J Dilla, Dead Prez, Roots Manuva, Madvillain, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky, Tyler…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Fatboy Slim – ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’

Influenced: Armand Van Helden, Moby, Basement Jaxx, The Avalanches, Mint Royale, Mr. Scruff, Death In Vegas, Groove Armada, Mylo, The Go! Team, Klaxons, Skrillex, Major…

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CULT ’90s: Mercury Rev – ‘Deserter’s Songs’

Influenced: Spiritualized, Radiohead, The Delgados, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Low, Grandaddy, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Secret Machines, The Coral, Richard Hawley, Fleet Foxes, Band Of…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: My Bloody Valentine – ‘Isn’t Anything’

Influenced: Slowdive, Ride, Lush, Curve, Mazzy Star, The Verve, Primal Scream, Smashing Pumpkins, Spiritualized, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dandy Warhols, The Flaming Lips, Mercury…

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CULT ’80s: Sonic Youth – ‘Daydream Nation’

Influenced: Pixies, Nirvana, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Breeders, Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Slint, Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, Swervedriver, Teenage Fanclub, The Afghan Whigs, The…

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CULT ’80s: The Go-Betweens – ’16 Lovers Lane’

Influenced: R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian, Beth Orton, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power, Nada Surf, The Last Shadow Puppets, The War…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

Influenced: Bauhaus, The Raincoats, Public Image Ltd., The Cure, Young Marble Giants, Joy Division, New Order, Killing Joke, Japan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’

Influenced: Billy Bragg, The Undertones, XTC, The Smiths, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Supergrass, Ash, The Libertines, The Rakes, Maxïmo Park, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Blondie – ‘Parallel Lines’

Influenced: Eurythmics, The Bangles, Duran Duran, Altered Images, Bananarama, The Gun Club, The Go-Go’s, The Primitives, Katrina & The Waves, Madonna, L7, Bikini Kill, Elastica,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CULT ’60s: Van Morrison – ‘Astral Weeks’

Influenced: Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Elton John, Elvis Costello, The Police, The Pogues, Jeff Buckley, David Gray, Regina…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘The Beatles (aka The White Album)’

Influenced: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Big Star, Steely Dan, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush, The La’s, The Stone Roses, Oasis,…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Electric Ladyland’

Picture a seedy New York City basement club, 1966. Jimmy James is slogging it out on the Chitlin’ Circuit, just another blues guitarist trying to…

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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

“If It Takes You Home” – An Introduction to Idlewild

Influenced: Feeder, Doves, Elbow, I Am Kloot, Snow Patrol, Mull Historical Society, Athlete, British Sea Power, The Electric Soft Parade, Sons And Daughters, The Coral,…

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“I Will Possess Your Heart” – An Introduction to Death Cab For Cutie

Influenced: Bright Eyes, The Dismemberment Plan, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, Jimmy Eat World, Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, The Killers, Bloc Party,…

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From Worst To Best: Slayer

Influenced: Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Carcass, Pantera, Sepultura, Ministry, Killswitch Engaged, System Of A Down, Slipknot Influenced by: The Stooges, Led…

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