The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: The Shins – ‘Heartworms’ (Columbia / Sony)

Reanimating The Shins after a five-year hiatus with a whole new backing band, James Mercer’s ‘Heartworms’ is sometimes too forced to match up to previous glories.

REVIEW: Stormzy – ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ (#Merky)

Although it feels like he’s been around forever, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ is Stormzy’s debut studio album proper. While sometimes overly commercial, it represents another significant milestone for grime.

REVIEW: Devlin – ‘The Devil In’ (Devlin Music)

English rapper James Devlin’s third album ‘The Devil In’ falls flat, with clunky lyrics and derivative tunes.

REVIEW: Wiley – ‘Godfather’ (CTA Records)

Having done so much to popularise grime as we know it today, Wiley’s 11th and final album ‘Godfather’ sees him bow out in style.

REVIEW: Simian Mobile Disco – ‘Welcome To Sideways’ (Delicacies)

With ‘Welcome To Sideways’ Simian Mobile Disco bring us further on their musical weirdness mystery tour.

REVIEW: C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’ (Fatcat)

‘The Midnight Sun’ is an impressive and relaxed album, and one that hasn’t seen Duncan’s musical integrity tainted by his rise to success.