The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Tyler, The Creator – ‘IGOR’ (Columbia / Sony)

Looking at his latest album IGOR, Tyler, The Creator’s rise to stardom isn’t a mystery. As leader of the Odd Future collective, he caught the…

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REVIEW: Zomby – ‘Vanta’ EP (Bedouin Records)

With a re-emergence of genres like dubstep and a spike in darker, more minimal tones in music, Vanta comes at a crucial transitional point in…

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REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Dedicated’ (Schoolboy / Interscope)

“Is this too much?” The question feels strange coming from Carly Rae Jepsen, an artist whose career has been characterised first and foremost by unabashed…

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REVIEW: Interpol – ‘A Fine Mess’ EP (Matador)

Naming an EP A Fine Mess and then releasing it to the world’s music press is perhaps a risky move from NYC indie-rockers Interpol. While…

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REVIEW: Lewis Capaldi – ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ (Virgin EMI)

Brimming over with sentimental, middle-of-the-road piano ballads concerning affairs of the heart, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent can…

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REVIEW: The National – ‘I Am Easy To Find’ (4AD)

It’s the hallmark of a truly great band that, when they achieve the apex of their commercial success, they use the platform they’ve gained to…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: May 2019

After the unusually large amount of great new music that’s blessed our ears over the last couple of months, some kind of slow-down was inevitable…

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PLAYLIST: April 2019

As of Easter 2019, we’re changing up the way we update our new music playlists. Rather than doing a re-cap at the end of every…

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PLAYLIST: March 2019

While March 2019 has been a mess of uncertainty and political irresponsibility and self-interest that’s both frightening and boring in equal measure, it’s been a…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 25th-31st May

Skinny Pelembe @ Headrow House, Saturday 25th May Recently playlisted on BBC Radio 6Music for his excoriating single ‘No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish’ and…

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PREVIEW: Long Division Festival 2019

Held at the start of June 2019 and with another exciting line-up in store, Long Division Festival will once again grace the streets of Wakefield,…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, May 18th-24th

Big Thief @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday May 18th Big Thief is a Brooklyn-based band known for their intriguing and unique interpretation of folk music.…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’

Although they’ve now got a reputation as one of the country’s most prestigious and longest-running indie acts, at the start of 2009 The Horrors were…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz!’

Looking back on the entirety of Noughties nearly a decade on, indeed as the following one is drawing to a close, it’s easier to get…

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CULT ’00s: Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

Influenced: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Deerhunter, Wild Beasts, Fuck Buttons, Tune-Yards, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, Lower Dens, Warpaint, Shabazz Palaces, Unknown Mortal Orchestra,…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: The Flaming Lips – ‘The Soft Bulletin’

Much was made a couple of years ago when Radiohead’s OK Computer turned 20 years old, with dozens of think-pieces and commentators pointing out the…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Weezer – ‘Weezer’ (‘The Blue Album’)

It’s been written about to death at this point, but it’s still difficult to truly emphasise how baffling Weezer’s career has been. After tearing up…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Blur – ‘Parklife’

As many of its key works have passed 25th anniversary milestones in the last year or so, much has been made of the legacy of…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: The Cure – ‘Disintegration’

Since their inception in the late ‘70s in the wake of punk, Robert Smith and the rotating cast of The Cure have become a globally…

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CLASSIC ’80s: The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’

Three decades after the release of their self-titled debut album, there’s very little left to say about The Stone Roses at this point in history.…

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CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

Alternative rock legends Pixies have been chasing the reformation dollar for the last decade and a half, playing festivals across the world and becoming the…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

By the second half of 1978, David Bowie was in a curious point in his career. He’d left Berlin in February of that year, having…

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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 Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

The ‘rock opera’ has had a chequered history as it has evolved in the half-century since the archetype was established in 1969. Like its close…

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CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground’

In between the dazzling avant-garde architecture of that 1967 debut album, still rightly celebrated today as one of the greatest albums in history, and the…

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CULT ’60s: MC5 – ‘Kick Out The Jams’

Influenced: The Stooges, New York Dolls, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, Primal Scream,…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Tracks of 2018

As a companion piece to our annual end-of-year albums list published earlier this month, The Student Playlist presents The Top 50 Tracks of 2018. You…

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The Top 50 Albums of 2018

Although it’s been a year pock-marked with political and social uncertainty, that sense of upheaval and tension has resulted in some pretty fine art being…

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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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Artist Profiles

“Caught By The River” – An Introduction to Doves

It doesn’t matter how big you might have been, ten years is a long time to be away. Certainly enough for an entirely new generation…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Scott Walker

Dozens of icons of the world of independent and alternative music, as well as many in the world of pop, paid tribute to Scott Walker…

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“You Were There With Me” – An Introduction to Four Tet

In the two decades since he released his low-key debut album Dialogue in February 1999, musician and producer Kieran Hebden, more commonly under his performance…

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