The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Haim – ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ (Universal)

Less summery and shiny than Haim’s previous albums, ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ is a tough, forthright statement of importance.

REVIEW: Arca – ‘KiCk i’ (XL)

The first of a planned series of four albums, ‘KiCk i’ is the most ‘pop’ of all of Arca’s albums to date, yet retains the avant-garde cutting edge that has always made her music so compelling.

REVIEW: Pottery – ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’ (Partisan)

Fusing funky rhythms with the grit of garage-rock and punk, transatlantic outfit Pottery deliver one of the debuts of 2020 with ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’.

REVIEW: Nadine Shah – ‘Kitchen Sink’ (Infectious / BMG)

Addressing important issues on gender expectations with style and wit, ‘Kitchen Sink’ is Nadine Shah’s finest album to date.

REVIEW: Jehnny Beth – ‘To Love Is To Live’ (20L07 Music)

‘To Love Is To Live’, the debut solo album from Savages’ lead singer Jehnny Beth, is an uncompromising tackling of the dark sides of life as well as a celebration of its highs.

REVIEW: Run The Jewels – ‘RTJ4’ (Jewel Runners / BMG)

Arriving at a point of revolution and upheaval, ‘RTJ4’ transforms Run The Jewels from rowdy rascals to spiritual soldiers.

REVIEW: The Howl & The Hum – ‘Human Contact’ (AWAL Recordings)

Eclectic York newcomers The Howl & The Hum produce a varied and detailed debut album in ‘Human Contact’.

REVIEW: Charli XCX – ‘How I’m Feeling Now’ (Warner / Asylum)

In writing, recording and producing a masterpiece in conjunction with collaborators remotely during a lockdown, Charli XCX shows herself to be one of pop’s most industrious and imaginative stars.