The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Reviews

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: The Raconteurs – ‘Help Us Stranger’ (Third Man Records)

Reforming for the first time in over a decade, Jack White’s The Raconteurs opt to play it comparatively safe on ‘Help Us Stranger’, notwithstanding some moments of weirdness.

REVIEW: Hatchie – ‘Keepsake’ (Heavenly / P.I.A.S.)

A significantly more varied effort than last year’s ‘Sugar & Spice’ EP, Harriette Pilbeam’s debut album as Hatchie shows that dream-pop is a world with almost unlimited possibilities.

REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club – ‘False Alarm’ (Prolifica / P.I.A.S.)

Two Door Cinema Club’s fourth album ‘False Alarm’ sees them effortlessly turn the same indie-pop bop-along tricks – but it becomes grating after a short time.

REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – ‘An Obelisk’ (Merge)

Stripped back and emotionally direct, it’s difficult not to see the bar-room rock leanings of ‘An Obelisk’ as an over-correction in reaction to last year’s ‘A Productive Cough’.

REVIEW: Hot Chip – ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’ (Domino)

Another charmingly inconsistent collection strewn with incredible highlights from Hot Chip on seventh album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’.

REVIEW: Bad Breeding – ‘Exiled’ (One Little Indian)

Anarcho-punks Bad Breeding display more sonic ambition on third album ‘Exiled’, but their masterpiece is still out of reach.

REVIEW: Burial – ‘Claustro / State Forest’ EP (Hyperdub)

It’s nothing new or revolutionary, but Burial’s latest EP ‘Claustro / State Forest’ is the latest instalment in a fine body of work.

REVIEW: Calexico / Iron & Wine – ‘Years To Burn’ (Sub Pop / City Slang)

14 years on from their last collaboration, Calexico and Sam Beam once again demonstrate their creative affinity for each other on ‘Years To Burn’.