The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

PLAYLIST: September 2018

All the best new music released in September 2018 – including The Twilight Sad, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Marie Davidson and Action Bronson.

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

Perhaps the most sonically beautiful album of the Nineties, ‘Deserter’s Songs’ was Mercury Rev’s finest hour, but it emerged out of their darkest.

REVIEW: Suede – ‘The Blue Hour’ (Suede Ltd. / Warner)

Still bent on creativity and pushing their limits years after their Britpop contemporaries became lazy and fat, Suede have delivered one of their finest albums with ‘The Blue Hour’.

LIVE REVIEW: Our Girl @ Howard Assembly Room, 21/09/2018

Brighton three-piece Our Girl supported former Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones at Leeds’ Howard Assembly Room.

REVIEW: Orbital – ‘Monsters Exist’ (ACP Recordings)

Despite a clutch of classic Orbital moments, the Hartnoll brothers’ ninth studio effort ‘Monsters Exist’ isn’t quite as forward-thinking as we know them to be.

REVIEW: Low – ‘Double Negative’ (Sub Pop)

An enervating soundtrack to a disintegrating world of fake news, economic decline and societal discontent, Low have delivered a resounding, unique masterpiece with 12th album ‘Double Negative’.

REVIEW: Aphex Twin – ‘Collapse’ EP (Warp Records)

Combining sonic curveballs with accessible, dare we say straightforward moments, ‘Collapse’ is absolutely classic Aphex Twin material.

Mercury Prize Winners – From Worst To Best

All 26 winners of the Mercury Prize, ranked from worst to best.

CULT ’90s: The Beta Band – ‘The Three EPs’

One of the most cruelly overlooked bands of the Nineties, The Beta Band’s reputation rests largely on the mercurial talent displayed on 1998’s ‘The Three EPs’ collection.