The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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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.

REVIEW: Deerhunter – ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ (4AD)

All of the seemingly contradictory elements of ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ add up to yet another strange but fascinating chapter in the history of Deerhunter and Bradford Cox.

REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ (Jagjaguwar)

Sharon Van Etten’s first album in nearly five years, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, is a significant sonic expansion but retains all of the qualities that made her name.

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Motown Records

An introduction to Motown Records, to mark its 60th anniversary.

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 19th-25th January

The best gigs of the week coming up in Leeds, including The Wave Pictures, Canadian outfits F***ed Up and Dilly Dally, plus the return of The Streets.

CULT ’00s: Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ completed Animal Collective’s narrative arc and made them the most important American indie band of the Noughties.