The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

PLAYLIST: August 2021

All the best new music released throughout August 2021 – including Big Thief, Denzel Curry, Caribou and Future Islands!

CLASSIC ’00s: The Strokes – ‘Is This It’

Pressing reset on an alternative scene that had gone stale and corporate by the turn of the millennium, The Strokes’ 2001 debut ‘Is This It’ remains singularly influential and important today.

REVIEW: TORRES – ‘Thirstier’ (Merge)

‘Thirstier’ is a dazzlingly executed power move into the mainstream for Mackenzie Scott’s TORRES project.

REVIEW: Half Waif – ‘Mythopoetics’ (Anti-)

Nandi Rose Plunkett sounds more strident and confident on her latest Half Waif album ‘Mythopoetics’.

PLAYLIST: July 2021

All the best new music released throughout July 2021 – including Courtney Barnett, Dry Cleaning, James Blake, Lorde and BADBADNOTGOOD.

REVIEW: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth – ‘Utopian Ashes’ (Sony)

Surprisingly effective country-influenced duets from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Savages’ Jehnny Beth on ‘Utopian Ashes’.

PLAYLIST: June 2021

All the best music released throughout June 2021 – including Lorde, Public Service Broadcasting, Tyler The Creator, Damon Albarn and Clairo.

REVIEW: The Mountain Goats – ‘Dark In Here’ (Merge)

John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats excel once again on 20th album ‘Dark In Here’, telegraphing pre-pandemic dread and anxiety.

CLASSIC ’70s: Joni Mitchell – ‘Blue’

A quantum leap in the singer-songwriter paradigm, Joni Mitchell’s flawless essay on love, loss and regret ‘Blue’ remains hugely powerful.