The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: Bon Iver – ‘i, i’ (Jagjaguwar)

Justin Vernon’s fourth Bon Iver album ‘i, i’ emphasises the balance that needs to be struck between community and the individual, and is his warmest music yet.

REVIEW: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Bandana’ (Keep Cool / RCA)

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib join forces once again for their second collaboration LP ‘Bandana’, which sees them explore each other’s worlds even more thoroughly.

REVIEW: Thom Yorke – ‘ANIMA’ (Unsustainabubble / XL)

While it’s concerned with well-trodden dystopian themes, ‘ANIMA’ is the first time Thom Yorke has properly expressed his identity outside of the context of Radiohead.

REVIEW: Beak> – ‘Life Goes On’ EP (Invada)

With their latest EP ‘Life Goes On’, Geoff Barrow’s side-project Beak> quietly affirms itself as one of Britain’s most boundary-pushing bands.

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Western Stars’ (Columbia)

Bedecked with lush strings, sweeping vistas and a cast of restless characters, Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album ‘Western Stars’ displays more passion and drive than bands a third his age.

REVIEW: Pixx – ‘Small Mercies’ (4AD)

Hannah Rodgers blooms as a writer and claims an identity and sound of her own with her second Pixx album ‘Small Mercies’.