The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Tag Ed Biggs

PLAYLISTS: Pro- and Anti- Valentine’s Day

Two playlists for Valentine’s Day, to soundtrack whatever you’re doing.

REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys – ‘Agenda’ EP (x2)

Caustic rather than corny, Pet Shop Boys show that pop and politics can mix on surprise new EP ‘Agenda’.

REVIEW: Ian Brown – ‘Ripples’ (Virgin EMI / Polydor)

Despite a handful of compelling moments, Ian Brown’s first solo album in a decade ‘Ripples’ sounds unfinished and under-produced.

REVIEW: Sunflower Bean – ‘King Of The Dudes’ EP (Lucky Number)

‘King Of The Dudes’ represents an intelligent, unforced and un-stylised expression of Sunflower Bean’s influences.

PLAYLIST: January 2019

The best new music released in January 2019, including Foals, Vampire Weekend, James Blake, Lucy Rose, Bonobo and Lizzo.

REVIEW: Toy – ‘Happy In The Hollow’ (Tough Love)

While it sacrifices many of Toy’s traditional strengths, ‘Happy In The Hollow’ at least signifies change for a band at risk of becoming stale.

CLASSIC ’80s: New Order – ‘Technique’

New Order’s 1989 LP ‘Technique’ was the final instalment in a dazzling run of exceptional singles and albums in the Eighties.

REVIEW: Steve Mason – ‘About The Light’ (Domino)

‘About The Light’ doesn’t radiate sunny optimism exactly, but there’s definitely a certain generosity and stability of spirit, the sense that Steve Mason is finally at peace with his place in the world.

REVIEW: The Twilight Sad – ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ (Rock Action)

The Twilight Sad’s fifth effort ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ is a vulnerable and profoundly human album, and that feels vital and timely in 2019.

CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’

With the addition of Darren Emerson and the release of 1994’s seminal ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’, Underworld went from has-beens to pioneers.