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.

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.

REVIEW: Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’ (4AD)

Zach Condon’s latest Beirut album ‘Gallipoli’ finds him failing to re-capture the enthusiasm of his early efforts, but not maturing enough as a songwriter to move on either.

REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

Listening to The 1975 trying to actively forge an intelligent, overarching statement in an era when sincerity has long since died makes ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ arguably the most relevant pop album this decade.

REVIEW: Muse – ‘Simulation Theory’ (Warner)

When you think that ‘Simulation Theory’ is the work of the same band that once did ‘Origin Of Symmetry’, you realise how depressingly cynical Muse have become.

REVIEW: Connan Mockasin – ‘Jassbusters’ (Kemado / Mexican Summer)

Connan Mockasin is still a precocious talent, but far too much of ‘Jassbusters’ drifts by without making any impression.

REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

‘Trench’¬†is the mature and well-crafted Twenty One Pilots album to date, achieving¬†tonal coherence and with some of the best production in current alternative music and an intriguing dystopian narrative thread running through it.

REVIEW: Villagers – ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ (Domino)

Conor O’Brien oversees another gentle expansion of the sonic terms of Villagers with the project’s beguiling fifth album ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’.

REVIEW: Jungle – ‘For Ever’ (XL)

It took Jungle a long four years to make, but ‘For Ever’ is little more than a holding pattern after the success of their debut.

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