The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Reviews

REVIEW: Algiers – ‘There Is No Year’ (Matador)

More technically precise, sonically diverse and politically urgent than ever before, Algiers’ third album ‘There Is No Year’ is essential listening for indie fans.

REVIEW: Eminem – ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ (Shady / Aftermath / Interscope)

Reminders of Eminem’s former glory are overshadowed by pointless offence generation on the rap heavyweight’s latest surprise album, ‘Music To Be Murdered By’.

REVIEW: Mura Masa – ‘R.Y.C.’ (Polydor / Anchor Point)

Opting to turn away from electronic music in favour of punk, Alex Crossan’s second Mura Masa album ‘R.Y.C.’ often lacks connection.

REVIEW: Field Music – ‘Making A New World’ (Memphis Industries)

‘Making A New World’ could have been Field Music’s masterpiece, but its message is often buried underneath layers of wilfully impenetrable art-rock.

REVIEW: Georgia – ‘Seeking Thrills’ (Domino)

More confident and less self-conscious than her already accomplished debut, Georgia Barnes’ ‘Seeking Thrills’ is a thoroughly enjoyable modern if occasionally safe pop experience.

REVIEW: The Big Moon – ‘Walking Like We Do’ (Fiction)

More confident and stylised than their debut, the emotional depth of The Big Moon’s ‘Walking Like We Do’ becomes apparent after multiple listens.

REVIEW: Smokepurpp – ‘Deadstar 2’ (Alamo Records)

Smokepurpp’s latest mixtape ‘Deadstar 2’ continues to mark him out as one of Florida’s finest new wave rappers.

REVIEW: Kaytranada – ‘Bubba’ (RCA)

More thematically consistent than the sonic grab-bag of ‘99.9%’, Kaytranada’s second album ‘Bubba’ is a more thorough exploration of his influences.

REVIEW: Beck – ‘Hyperspace’ (Fonograf / Capitol)

While it reaps more rewards in its pursuit of being at the cutting-edge, neither Beck nor collaborator Pharrell Williams truly stretch themselves on ‘Hyperspace’.