The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by David Allsop

REVIEW: Orlando Weeks – ‘A Quickening’ (P.I.A.S.)

Dwelling on the anxieties of imminent parenthood, former Maccabees lead singer Orlando Weeks’ debut solo album ‘A Quickening’ is a very human listen.

REVIEW: The Howl & The Hum – ‘Human Contact’ (AWAL Recordings)

Eclectic York newcomers The Howl & The Hum produce a varied and detailed debut album in ‘Human Contact’.

REVIEW: Circa Waves – ‘Sad/ Happy’ (Prolifica)

Circa Waves’ fourth release consists of two mini-albums encompassing happiness and sadness. An ambitious concept that’s disappointingly more of the same.

REVIEW: King Krule – ‘Man Alive!’ (XL)

While all the elements that made Archy Marshall’s first two King Krule albums so great are present, they’re disappointingly submerged on ‘Man Alive!’

REVIEW: Mush – ‘3D Routine’ (Memphis Industries)

With their tongue-in-cheek take on the state of the world set to jaggy, DIY indie-punk, Mush’s debut album ‘3D Routine’ is a great first effort.

REVIEW: Green Day – ‘Father Of All…’ (Reprise)

Green Day’s deliberately economical 13th album ‘Father Of All…’ represents a minor late-career upswing, full of energy and spirit.

REVIEW: Gengahr – ‘Sanctuary’ (Liberator Music)

‘Sanctuary’, Gengahr’s third studio album, suffers from a lack of distinctiveness despite a small clutch of career highlights.

REVIEW: Mura Masa – ‘R.Y.C.’ (Polydor / Anchor Point)

Opting to turn away from electronic music in favour of punk, Alex Crossan’s second Mura Masa album ‘R.Y.C.’ often lacks connection.

REVIEW: Kele – ‘2042’ (Kola)

Seething with anger aimed at politics and society, Kele Okereke’s latest solo album ‘2042’ is a hell of a lot to internalise during one sitting.

REVIEW: Blaenavon – ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’ (Transgressive)

Blaenavon and Ben Gregory speak eloquently about mental health on their solid second album ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’.