The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Kagoule – ‘Urth’ (Earache)

by Ed Biggs Nottingham three-piece Kagoule are the latest serious contenders to emerge from a burgeoning scene in that city. While Jake Bugg rocketed to superstardom seemingly overnight, Sleaford Mods have quietly grown a fanbase over the course of eight years. Vocalist and guitarist Cai Burns, bassist Lucy Hatter and drummer Lawrence English are doing things with a middle approach of those two success stories, spending two years building an impeccable

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REVIEW: Spector – ‘Moth Boys’ (Fiction)

by Matthew Langham Formerly of mid-noughties indie group Les Incompetents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man, outspoken frontman Fred MacPherson returns with Spector almost three years on from their debut record Enjoy It While It Lasts. Naturally compared to The Vaccines due to their indulgence in heavy production values and glossy, hi-definition indie riffs, it may have featured dramatic retro indie gutpunches like ‘Chevy Thunder’ and ‘Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End’, yet accidentally

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REVIEW: Radkey – ‘Dark Black Makeup’ (Strange Loop Records)

by Ed Biggs We’ve been keeping an eye on the brothers Radke for a couple of years now. Going under the sort-of-family-band name of Radkey, their 2013 EPs Cat & Mouse and Devil Fruit were short, sharp blasts of retro garage punk, and their ferocious yet disciplined live act has been seen on the likes of ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. Following extensive touring throughout 2014, the trio began work on their

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REVIEW: Drinks – ‘Hermits On Holiday’ (Heavenly / PIAS)

by Ed Biggs Tim Presley has been one of the busiest names in indie over the last decade or so. A member of cartoon punks The Nerve Agents and then his own project Darker My Love, he’s also been a short-term member of The Fall (on Reformation! Post-TLC) and released six albums in five years under the name White Fence. Drinks is a collaborative effort with curious Welsh siren Cate Le

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REVIEW: AUTOBAHN – ‘Dissemble’ (Tough Love)

by Ed Biggs Leeds’ pysch-rock / post-punk resurgence has really begun to yield impressive albums over the last couple of years. The scene’s biggest names Eagulls and Hookworms have both produced quality records celebrated in these pages since 2013, and now a second wave of intense, guitar-toting young men has followed in their wake, including Forever Cult and AUTOBAHN. That Kraftwerk-aping name is a bit of a red herring – you

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REVIEW: Frank Turner – ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

by Matthew Langham Now onto his sixth studio album, the ever-consistent Frank Turner returns with more of his politically-infused punk/folk/rock crossover which has seen him amass a devoted fan base over eight years. His Glastonbury midday performance this year was prime example of his broad appeal and one which I will admit helped to banish a heavy hangover. His passion for music is patently obvious and his arena shows are now

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REVIEW: Don Broco – ‘Automatic’ (Sony)

by Ed Biggs Proving that critics have absolutely no impact on record sales, Bedford’s slick alternative rock outfit Don Broco’s critically slaughtered Priorities performed well in the charts back in 2012, reaching an eventual high of Number 25. Their inoffensive ‘Busted meets Biffy’ melding of chart-bound tunes to loud, vaguely metal aesthetics has been done to death over the last twenty years, but clearly it’s a formula that still has a

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REVIEW: Dr. Dre – ‘Compton’ (Aftermath / Interscope)

by Ed Biggs When his former colleague Ice Cube dropped the news at the end of July that Dr. Dre was imminently going to release a new album, the internet promptly lost its shit. Having done so much to sculpt the sound of hip-hop as we know it today – through N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton in 1989, which provided the genre’s Sex Pistols moment, his solo debut The Chronic in 1992,

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REVIEW: Mac DeMarco – ‘Another One’ (Captured Tracks)

by Ed Biggs Canadian-born indie troubadour Mac DeMarco became the toast of the indie underground in 2014 with Salad Days, a breezy album of bedroom song sketches that benefitted from sounding spontaneous and demo-like. He’s following it up with a brace of mini-albums in the form of Some Other Ones (consisting entirely of instrumentals) and Another One. It’s not explicitly personal in the same way as Salad Days – by all

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REVIEW: Health – ‘Death Magic’ (Loma Vista)

by Ed Biggs Los Angeles’ electronic noise-pop outfit Health have experienced commercial success that they almost certainly couldn’t have anticipated over the last few years. Though they haven’t released a proper studio album since 2009’s Get Color, their 2012 soundtrack for Rockstar Games’ blockbuster shooter Max Payne 3 has sold in excess of four million copies.