The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Deaf Havana – ‘Rituals’ (SO / Silva Screen)

We know Deaf Havana are capable of greatness, which makes the overwrought and bland ‘Rituals’ so disappointing and frustrating.

REVIEW: Little Ugly Girls – ‘Little Ugly Girls’ (Chapter Music)

A long-standing omission from the riot-grrl canon has been finally corrected, as early ’90s feminist post-hardcore heroes Little Ugly Girls finally get a full-length album, pieced together from demos.

REVIEW: Spider Bags – ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’ (Merge)

Now on their fifth album, Spider Bags are still tinkering with their off-kilter mix of punk, indie, country and blues on ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’.

REVIEW: Underworld & Iggy Pop – ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ EP (Caroline)

Combining Underworld’s pulsing soundscapes and Iggy Pop’s poignant reminiscences, ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ is an engrossing curio forged by two of independent music’s most characterful artists.

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: Trust Fund – ‘Bringing The Backline’ (Ellis N Jones)

Picking apart the minutiae of his life with self-deprecating honesty with fifth and final album ‘Bringing The Backline’, Ellis Jones’ project Trust Fund will be sorely missed.

REVIEW: Deafheaven – ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’ (Anti-)

Deafheaven’s fourth album ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’ sees the post-black metal masters blot their copybook for their first time, with an interesting but rather flawed outing.

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: Years & Years – ‘Palo Santo’ (Polydor / Universal)

With greater drama behind the vivid and bright-edged electro-pop, Years & Years’ second album ‘Palo Santo’ is much more compelling than their rather flat debut.