The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ellie Wolf

REVIEW: Jungle – ‘For Ever’ (XL)

It took Jungle a long four years to make, but ‘For Ever’ is little more than a holding pattern after the success of their debut.

REVIEW: Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Thank You For Today’ (Atlantic / WEA)

Death Cab For Cutie’s ninth album ‘Thank You For Today’ does what it does extremely well, but 20 years into their career, it suffers from an almost total lack of surprise.

REVIEW: The Internet – ‘Hive Mind’ (Columbia / Sony)

The Internet’s fourth album ‘Hive Mind’ sees each member’s talents are rendered in the service of the others, making for a record that’s at the peak of contemporary R&B.

REVIEW: Dirty Projectors – ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ (Domino)

After the harrowing self-doubt and heartbreak of ‘Dirty Projectors’, David Longstreth emerges into the light of hope and new love on ‘Lamp Lit Prose’.

REVIEW: Kamasi Washington – ‘Heaven And Earth’ (Shoto Mas / Young Turks)

Kamasi Washington’s latest epic double-album ‘Heaven And Earth’ is another artistic triumph, the band-leader executing ambitious arrangements without irony or pretension.

REVIEW: Kanye West – ‘ye’ (G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam)

‘ye’ is archetypal and iconic in its own way – but it makes for kind of a dreary listen, a word usually applied last to anything Kanye West produced.

REVIEW: Shy Layers – ‘Midnight Marker’ (Beats In Space)

On ‘Midnight Marker’, Shy Layers makes clear use of his visual artist ethos to present us with a sort-of muzak of excellent craftsmanship.

REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ (Domino)

Alex Turner has certainly split the Arctic Monkeys fanbase with ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, one of the strangest and most divisive albums to come from a major artist in a very long time.

REVIEW: Jon Hopkins – ‘Singularity’ (Domino)

Jon Hopkins’ ‘Singularity’ is one of the best-produced British dance albums of recent years.

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