The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Matthew Watkin

REVIEW: Ghostpoet – ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ (P.I.A.S.)

Ghostpoet’s grimy hybridisation of hip-hop and indie has never left much room for light, but fifth album ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ is incredibly prescient.

REVIEW: Shabazz Palaces – ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’ (Sub Pop)

‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’, the latest album from Ishmael Butler’s Shabazz Palaces, occasionally drifts too much, but few make hip-hop as immersive as him.

REVIEW: Sorry – ‘925’ (Domino)

Drawing on pop, post-punk, grunge and jazz, Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen miraculously make their influences cohere on their first Sorry album ‘925’.

REVIEW: Phantogram – ‘Ceremony’ (Republic)

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s fourth Phantogram album ‘Ceremony’ is like a well-acted film without a strong enough story.

REVIEW: Shopping – ‘All Or Nothing’ (Fat Cat)

Rachel Aggs’ latest Shopping album ‘All Or Nothing’ finds their wiry, anxious and kinetic post-punk formula very much un-messed with.

REVIEW: Greentea Peng – ‘Rising’ EP (Different Recordings / TENNNN)

Cool, refined and expertly marshaling an array of influences from R&B to dub, Greentea Peng’s latest EP ‘Rising’ showcases an exceptional talent.

REVIEW: Rex Orange County – ‘Pony’ (Sony)

Alex O’Connor’s major-label debut as Rex Orange County, ‘Pony’ contains all the affectionate charm that has made him such a hot property.