The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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CLASSIC ’90s: Nas – ‘Illmatic’

Arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Nas’ 1994 debut ‘Illmatic’ is a perfect distillation of the genre’s essence.

CULT ’90s: Pulp – ‘His N’ Hers’

Although they’d been around for years before it, ‘His N’ Hers’ was the point at which Pulp finally found their audience.

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

One of the most influential indie records of all time, Pixies’ star-making second album ‘Doolittle’ was released in April 1989.

CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

One of the greatest monuments to hip-hop’s golden age of the late Eighties, De La Soul’s colourful and idiosyncratic 1989 debut ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ remains seminal.

CLASSIC ’70s: Elvis Costello & The Attractions – ‘This Year’s Model’

‘This Year’s Model’ is the sound of Elvis Costello perfecting his art at a precociously young age, with a backing band that acts as an efficient vector for his caustic humour and barbed cynicism.

CULT ’70s: Suicide – ‘Suicide’

Key progenitors of no-wave and synth-punk, New York duo Suicide made their confrontational and divisive appearance on the city’s underground scene 40 years ago.