The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: TEEN – ‘Good Fruit’ (Carpark Records)

TEEN’s fourth album ‘Good Fruit’ once again demonstrates the Lieberson sisters’ unique ability to examine the ups and downs of human relationships.

REVIEW: Julia Jacklin – ‘Crushing’ (Transgressive / P.I.A.S.)

Perfectly capturing the human experience of love, heartache and the struggle for autonomy, Julia Jacklin’s sophomore album ‘Crushing’ is an emotional triumph.

REVIEW: Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

The 14th Xiu Xiu album ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ sees Jamie Stewart push their experimental tendencies even further than usual, and the results are astonishing.

REVIEW: Yak – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI / Universal)

Yak’s second album ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ is a study in the tunnel-vision madness of the creative process and striving to get what you want.

REVIEW: Toro Y Moi – ‘Outer Peace’ (Carpark Records)

Full of short, clipped fusions of different genres, ‘Outer Peace’ is the most optimistic Toro Y Moi album yet.

REVIEW: The Twilight Sad – ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ (Rock Action)

The Twilight Sad’s fifth effort ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ is a vulnerable and profoundly human album, and that feels vital and timely in 2019.

REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ (Polydor)

‘Assume Form’ is not the kind of cold and subdued album for which many have pigeonholed James Blake, but a warm release, full of intricate hooks and devastating lyricism.

REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

Listening to The 1975 trying to actively forge an intelligent, overarching statement in an era when sincerity has long since died makes ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ arguably the most relevant pop album this decade.

REVIEW: boygenius – ‘boygenius’ EP (Matador)

A collaborative effort between Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, ‘boygenius’ is an imperious display of empathy and brilliant songwriting.

REVIEW: The Prodigy – ‘No Tourists’ (BMG / Take Me To The Hospital)

Much more than just battle-hardened survivors, The Prodigy’s latest album ‘No Tourists’ finds them in fresher form than at any point in the last decade.