The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: DJ Shadow – ‘Our Pathetic Age’ (Mass Appeal / Reconstruction)

Despite a clutch of spectacular highlights, DJ Shadow’s half-instrumental double album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ is way too long and over-ambitious.

REVIEW: FKA twigs – ‘Magdalene’ (Young Turks)

A compelling delve into the psyche of FKA twigs as well as an exploration of being human, ‘Magdalene’ is Tahliah Barnett’s second masterpiece.

REVIEW: Kele – ‘2042’ (Kola)

Seething with anger aimed at politics and society, Kele Okereke’s latest solo album ‘2042’ is a hell of a lot to internalise during one sitting.

REVIEW: Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’ (Polydor)

A masterpiece that conflates personal reflection and identity with global political anxieties, ‘Kiwanuka’ is a career defining moment.

REVIEW: Underworld – ‘Drift Series 1 Sampler Edition’ (Smith Hyde Productions)

A 10-track overview of Underworld’s year-long ‘Drift’ multimedia project, this necessarily imperfect collection contains some of the band’s best work of the last 20 years.

REVIEW: Anna Meredith – ‘Fibs’ (Moshi Moshi)

With a wider sonic palette and stunning production values, ‘Fibs’ makes a fine successor to Anna Meredith’s award-winning ‘Varmints’.

REVIEW: Kanye West – ‘Jesus Is King’ (GOOD / Def Jam)

In delivering a gospel album in ‘Jesus Is King’, Kanye West has divided audiences and critics in a way that only he can.

REVIEW: Blaenavon – ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’ (Transgressive)

Blaenavon and Ben Gregory speak eloquently about mental health on their solid second album ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’.

REVIEW: Battles – ‘Juice B Crypts’ (Warp)

Although they’re now reduced to a two-piece, the fourth Battles album ‘Juice B Crypts’ is a madcap yet concise return to form.