The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Trust Fund – ‘Bringing The Backline’ (Ellis N Jones)

Picking apart the minutiae of his life with self-deprecating honesty with fifth and final album ‘Bringing The Backline’, Ellis Jones’ project Trust Fund will be sorely missed.

REVIEW: The Carters – ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’ (Parkwood / Sony / Roc Nation)

Beyonce and Jay-Z put their personal lives under the spotlight on ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’, an enjoyable if somewhat flawed trap-influenced album.

REVIEW: SOPHIE – ‘Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’ (Transgressive / P.I.A.S.)

Pop music’s most talked-about background figure SOPHIE gives us a glimpse of the artist behind the enigma with a thrilling and hyper-real debut album ‘Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’.

REVIEW: LUMP – ‘LUMP’ (Dead Oceans)

‘LUMP’, a collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, feels like you’re right in the studio amid the exchange of ideas.

REVIEW: Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ (Atlantic)

A divisive figure releases what’s likely to be a divisive debut album, but Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ is undeniably an entertaining listen.

REVIEW: The Voidz – ‘Virtue’ (RCA / Sony)

Julian Casablancas’ side-project The Voidz returns with its second LP ‘Virtue’, which transcends its overly long and experimental nature to be a largely enjoyable listen.

REVIEW: Phobophobes – ‘Miniature World’ (Ra-Ra-Rok Records)

It’s been a long road marked with delays and tragedy, but Phobophobes’ debut album ‘Miniature World’ pays out on all their early promise.

REVIEW: N*E*R*D* – ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ (i am OTHER / Columbia)

Returning after a seven-year hiatus, The Neptunes’ recording vehicle N*E*R*D* still suffers from the same flaws and lack of consistency on ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’.

From Gangsta Rap to Despicable Me: A Short Guide to The Neptunes and Pharrell Williams

The Neptunes have influenced the sound of 21st century pop as much as anyone else. Check out our short guide to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s production team!