The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ellie Wolf

REVIEW: Holly Herndon – ‘PROTO’ (4AD)

Meshing her avant-garde and pop sensibilities into a coherent and striking insight on AI learning, ‘Proto’ is another incredible album by Holly Herndon.

REVIEW: Nick Murphy – ‘Run Fast Sleep Naked’ (Downtown / Future Classic)

Having dropped his Chet Faker moniker five years ago, Nick Murphy finally returns with a reinvention of sorts in ‘Run Fast Sleep Naked’.

CLASSIC ’90s: Nas – ‘Illmatic’

Arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Nas’ 1994 debut ‘Illmatic’ is a perfect distillation of the genre’s essence.

REVIEW: Weyes Blood – ‘Titanic Rising’ (Sub Pop)

Natalie Mering’s fourth Weyes Blood album ‘Titanic Rising’ is a significant leap forwards, an exercise in the application of nostalgic influences to create something thrilling, moving and contemporary.

CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

One of the greatest monuments to hip-hop’s golden age of the late Eighties, De La Soul’s colourful and idiosyncratic 1989 debut ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ remains seminal.

REVIEW: Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’ (4AD)

Zach Condon’s latest Beirut album ‘Gallipoli’ finds him failing to re-capture the enthusiasm of his early efforts, but not maturing enough as a songwriter to move on either.

REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

Listening to The 1975 trying to actively forge an intelligent, overarching statement in an era when sincerity has long since died makes ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ arguably the most relevant pop album this decade.

REVIEW: Muse – ‘Simulation Theory’ (Warner)

When you think that ‘Simulation Theory’ is the work of the same band that once did ‘Origin Of Symmetry’, you realise how depressingly cynical Muse have become.

REVIEW: Connan Mockasin – ‘Jassbusters’ (Kemado / Mexican Summer)

Connan Mockasin is still a precocious talent, but far too much of ‘Jassbusters’ drifts by without making any impression.

REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

‘Trench’¬†is the mature and well-crafted Twenty One Pilots album to date, achieving¬†tonal coherence and with some of the best production in current alternative music and an intriguing dystopian narrative thread running through it.

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