The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Benita Barden

REVIEW: LUMP – ‘LUMP’ (Dead Oceans)

‘LUMP’, a collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, feels like you’re right in the studio amid the exchange of ideas.

REVIEW: Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ (Atlantic)

A divisive figure releases what’s likely to be a divisive debut album, but Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ is undeniably an entertaining listen.

REVIEW: The Voidz – ‘Virtue’ (RCA / Sony)

Julian Casablancas’ side-project The Voidz returns with its second LP ‘Virtue’, which transcends its overly long and experimental nature to be a largely enjoyable listen.

REVIEW: Phobophobes – ‘Miniature World’ (Ra-Ra-Rok Records)

It’s been a long road marked with delays and tragedy, but Phobophobes’ debut album ‘Miniature World’ pays out on all their early promise.

REVIEW: N*E*R*D* – ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ (i am OTHER / Columbia)

Returning after a seven-year hiatus, The Neptunes’ recording vehicle N*E*R*D* still suffers from the same flaws and lack of consistency on ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’.

From Gangsta Rap to Despicable Me: A Short Guide to The Neptunes and Pharrell Williams

The Neptunes have influenced the sound of 21st century pop as much as anyone else. Check out our short guide to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s production team!

REVIEW: Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (Memphis Industries)

On their sophomore album ‘Wide Open’, Toronto’s Weaves exude increased confidence and identity that stands them in good stead for future efforts.

REVIEW: Cut Copy – ‘Haiku From Zero’ (Astralwerks)

Cut Copy’s fifth album ‘Haiku From Zero’ does exactly what music marketed as “vintage” should do, but fails to do so memorably.

REVIEW: Zola Jesus – ‘Okovi’ (Sacred Bones)

Zola Jesus’ fifth album ‘Okovi’ is the sound of a confident, distinctive artist constantly evolving and adjusting her own sound.