The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

PLAYLIST: April 2021

All the best new music released throughout April 2021 – including St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, CHAI, Lucy Dacus and Erika De Casier.

CULT ’70s: The Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Teenage Head’

Out of step with its time, The Flamin’ Groovies’ 1971 album ‘Teenage Head’ ended their first, less famous iteration with obscurity, but has become an alt-rock classic.

REVIEW: The Antlers – ‘Green To Gold’ (Transgressive)

After a prolonged battle with debilitating aural conditions, Peter Silberman revives The Antlers for the guardedly optimistic ‘Green To Gold’.

REVIEW: Arab Strap – ‘As Days Get Dark’ (Rock Action)

Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton are no longer men out of time in 2021 – ‘As Days Get Dark’ is a perfect soundtrack for gloomy times.

PLAYLIST: March 2021

All the best new music released throughout March 2021 – including Japanese Breakfast, Hiss Golden Messenger and St. Vincent.

CLASSIC ’00s: Daft Punk – ‘Discovery’

One of the most perfectly realised and presented albums of all time, Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ is the cornerstone of their massive popularity and enduring legacy.

CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’

Sophisticated and cool but also hedonistic and primal, Underworld’s ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’ is one of British dance music’s finest album-length achievements.

CULT ’70s: Nick Drake – ‘Bryter Layter’

The ornate, orchestrated folk and jazzy details of 1971’s ‘Bryter Layter’ are at odds with Nick Drake’s image and legacy, but an important part of his story.

REVIEW: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – ‘Carnage’ (Goliath)

Balancing beauty and meditation with violence and anger, ‘Carnage’ is a strange, near-flawless display of Nick Cave’s artistry.