The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Nils Frahm – ‘All Melody’ (Erased Tapes)

Calming, effervescent, sublime and grandiose – ‘All Melody’ is the work of an artist who understands the importance of texture in music like so few else. Nils Frahm not only manages to add to his reputation as one of the best neo-classical minimalists in the world today, but also expands on it.

REVIEW: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (4AD)

Sleep Well Beast represents a change in the sound of the band, but, fundamentally, is a record which makes sense in their discography, but that isn’t to say that it isn’t one of the most well-crafted and interesting listens of 2017.

REVIEW: Japanese Breakfast – ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ (Dead Oceans)

After the death of Michelle Zauner’s mother ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ is a next-step-forward from her 2016 debut album ‘Psychopomp’ an album that, whilst harbouring indie-pop qualities, carries the matters of loss and grief.

REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN’ (Top Dawg Entertainment / Interscope / Aftermath)

Whether ‘DAMN’ will be the cultural crossover its predecessor was remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album is another glorious record.

REVIEW: Arca – ‘Arca’ (XL Recordings)

What has always made Arca’s music so unique is his ability to distort and take the listener on a mind-bending journey

REVIEW: Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador)

The evolution of Spoon has proven to be a joy to behold, with every album subtly reinventing just what the band is and ‘Hot Thoughts’ is no different.

REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘English Tapas’ (Rough Trade)

Sleaford Mods may be nine albums but they show no sign of slowing down with their tirade against all things pop-culture with ‘English Tapas’ – even if that include themselves.

REVIEW: Dutch Uncles – ‘Big Balloon’ (Memphis Industries)

Big Balloon does nothing but reaffirm the view that if it’s quirky fun you’re looking for, then Dutch Uncles is the answer

REVIEW: Tinariwen – ‘Elwan’ (Independiente)

If ever a group proved that the rebellious streak of rock ‘n’ roll lived on it would be in the music of Tinariwen.

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