The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

‘Trench’ is the mature and well-crafted Twenty One Pilots album to date, achieving tonal coherence and with some of the best production in current alternative music and an intriguing dystopian narrative thread running through it.

REVIEW: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – ‘King Of Cowards’ (Rocket Recordings)

A compelling fusion of stoner rock and doom metal that exponentially ups the power of both genres, Pigsx7’s full-length debut album ‘King Of Cowards’ is a triumph.

REVIEW: The Blinders – ‘Columbia’ (Modern Sky)

One of the most anticipated British debuts of 2018, The Blinders deliver a fully rounded rock statement with ‘Columbia’ but leave their future open.

REVIEW: Christine And The Queens – ‘Chris’ (Because)

A bold and aggressive expansion upon all the elements that made ‘Chaleur Humaine’ such a slow-burning success, ‘Chris’ is another winner.

REVIEW: Suede – ‘The Blue Hour’ (Suede Ltd. / Warner)

Still bent on creativity and pushing their limits years after their Britpop contemporaries became lazy and fat, Suede have delivered one of their finest albums with ‘The Blue Hour’.

REVIEW: Low – ‘Double Negative’ (Sub Pop)

An enervating soundtrack to a disintegrating world of fake news, economic decline and societal discontent, Low have delivered a resounding, unique masterpiece with 12th album ‘Double Negative’.

REVIEW: Aphex Twin – ‘Collapse’ EP (Warp Records)

Combining sonic curveballs with accessible, dare we say straightforward moments, ‘Collapse’ is absolutely classic Aphex Twin material.

REVIEW: Menace Beach – ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ (Memphis Industries)

‘Black Rainbow Sound’ sees Leeds-based Menace Beach upgrade their template by successfully building in synths and electronics into their indie-psych sound.

REVIEW: Big Red Machine – ‘Big Red Machine’ (PEOPLE / Jagjaguwar)

A musical collaboration borne from their PEOPLE project, Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon are a match made in indie-rock heaven on ‘Big Red Machine’.