The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

CULT ’90s: Dr. Octagon – ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’

Fabulously inventive in its wordplay and sonic world-building, Kool Keith and Dan The Automator’s ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’ pushed hip-hop to weird places.

REVIEW: Flying Lotus – ‘Yasuke’ (Warp Records)

A seamless, dynamic blend of digital beats and electro-acoustic instrumentation, Steven Ellison’s soundtrack to Netflix anime ‘Yasuke’ is near flawless.

REVIEW: Field Music – ‘Flat White Moon’ (Memphis Industries)

On ‘Flat White Moon’, the Brewis brothers smooth out some of their sharper edges, but they don’t lose too much of their intelligence or personality in the process.

CLASSIC ’70s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Sticky Fingers’

Following a turbulent end to the Sixties, The Rolling Stones began the era that has subsequently defined their career with Southern rock-inventing masterwork ‘Sticky Fingers’.

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.