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The Top 50 Albums of 2015

2015 has been our first year of operation under our new name The Student Playlist, and it’s been a year of steady expansion. There are now five of us, with a view to adding yet more talented, passionate writers in the new year as we continue in our quest to point out the best new music, rediscover old albums, both stone-cold classics and hidden treasures, and cause lively debate with

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Heavenly Recordings at 25

by Matthew Langham Founded by Jeff Barrett, formerly of Alan McGee’s legendary Creation Records, Heavenly Recordings is now into its 25th year and has seen a number of the UK’s biggest independent artists pass through its door. In light of the celebration, the label has released a celebratory compilation featuring artists from its current roster spread over two discs. This compilation, released on September 18th and entitled Heavenly 25 will feature

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The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s… So Far

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album

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R.E.M.: A Beginner’s Guide

by Ed Biggs and Matthew Langham R.E.M. called time on their nearly thirty-year recording career in September 2011. During that time, they displayed a longevity, consistency and dedication that has eluded almost everybody else: they never went on hiatus or pursued solo projects and, with the sole exception of the gap between Around The Sun and Accelerate in their final decade, never waited more than three years between studio albums. The story of their career and the way

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PODCAST: May 2015 edition

Lauren James and Ed Biggs present their monthly round-up of new album releases, from the biggest rock, indie and pop acts to the best underground albums coming onto our radars, plus a handful of classic LPs from years gone by – click here to listen now! Alternatively, you can subscribe to our podcast by searching for ‘Student Playlist’ or ‘Laser Guided Melodies’ on the iTunes store, or by finding us on PodoMatic! The May

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LIVE REVIEW: Live At Leeds 2015

by Matthew Langham On the first Bank Holiday Saturday in May, The Student Playlist returned to Live At Leeds for a third year in a row. Having enjoyed vintage years in 2013 and 2014 with acts from all manner of musical disciplines, #LAL2015 seemed a bit thin on the ground in terms of established acts, at first glance at least. The bill was crammed with cutting edge indie artists familiar

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PODCAST: April 2015 edition

Lauren James and Ed Biggs present a review of the biggest and best album releases of April 2015, and a handful of classic LPs from years gone by – click here to listen now! Includes reviews of the following albums: Blur – The Magic Whip Drenge – Undertow The Wombats – Glitterbug East India Youth – Culture Of Volume We’ve also got a brand new track from The Vaccines ahead of their third album next month, and

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In Conversation With: Forever Cult, Live At Leeds 2015

We caught up with Leeds three-piece Forever Cult after their early set at Live At Leeds 2015, played at the cosy confines of The Key Club. Their heavy sonic mixture contains elements of grunge, British and American indie and traces of classic rock, making it familiar but distinctively theirs. With their current single ‘Winter’s Glow’ released at the end of March and a forthcoming single ‘Antonio Banderas’ later in the

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FROM WORST TO BEST: Blur singles

With only a couple of days to go until the release of The Magic Whip, their first album in 12 years and first since 1999 with Graham Coxon, what better time to look back at the history of Blur. Starting life at a shambolic yet entertaining art-rock band called Seymour, they signed to indie label Food Records and released their first single ‘I Know / She’s So High’ in October

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