The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Lizzo – ‘Cuz I Love You’ (WEA)

Flitting between heartbreak, female empowerment and braggadoccio, ‘Cuz I Love You’ should finally see Lizzo break into the mainstream.

REVIEW: Loyle Carner – ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ (Virgin EMI)

Sophomore effort ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ buttresses the reputation of Loyle Carner as one of the most intelligent and empathetic voices in British music.

REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. – ‘Dogrel’ (Partisan)

Grasping a much-ignored truth that poetry and romance have a place in punk rock, Fontaines D.C.’s debut album ‘Dogrel’ is a modern classic.

REVIEW: Anderson .Paak – ‘Ventura’ (Aftermath / 12 Tone)

Rounding off the ‘beach series’ in style, Anderson .Paak’s third album ‘Ventura’ is yet another masterful creation of hip-hop, soul, disco and funk.

REVIEW: The Chemical Brothers – ‘No Geography’ (Virgin EMI)

Looking to their past for inspiration but skillfully avoiding the traps of cheap nostalgia, ‘No Geography’ is the best Chemical Brothers album in 20 years.

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.

REVIEW: Idlewild – ‘Interview Music’ (Empty Word)

Mixing their literacy and charm with a new-found love for the off-kilter and psychedelic, ‘Interview Music’ is Idlewild’s best album in 15 years.

REVIEW: Brutus – ‘Nest’ (Sargent House)

Belgian trio Brutus meld post-hardcore, black metal and hard rock to make some thrilling compounds on their sophomore album ‘Nest’.

REVIEW: These New Puritans – ‘Inside The Rose’ (Infectious)

Exuding beauty and menace in equal measure, These New Puritans’ fourth album ‘Inside The Rose’ is another avant-garde triumph.