The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Thundercat – ‘It Is What It Is’ (Brainfeeder)

Stephen Bruner’s third Thundercat album ‘It Is What It Is’ is enormous fun and projects a message of acceptance, of living in the moment.

REVIEW: Dirty Projectors – ‘Windows Open’ EP (Domino)

Hobbled by a very short run-time, Dirty Projectors’ latest EP ‘Windows Open’ feels slightly unsatisfying and insubstantial as we wait for a new album.

REVIEW: Melt Yourself Down – ‘100% Yes’ (Decca / Universal)

An album suffering a slight identity crisis, split between jazz, electronica and punk, ‘100% Yes’ is a blip for the talented Melt Yourself Down.

REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

A curate’s egg only of interest to hard-bitten Sufjan fans, ‘Aporia’ is a series of frustratingly half-formed good ideas recorded with his stepfather Lowell Brams.

REVIEW: Half Waif – ‘The Caretaker’ (Anti)

Nandi Rose Plunkett’s second Half Waif album ‘The Caretaker’ is a beautiful and dark record, exuding resilience and vulnerability in equal measure.

REVIEW: Låpsley – ‘Through Water’ (Her Own Recordings / XL)

Recorded after years of personal struggle, Holly Lapsley Fletcher’s long-awaited second album ‘Through Water’ is therapeutic and cathartic.

REVIEW: Baxter Dury – ‘The Night Chancers’ (Le Label / P.I.A.S.)

Nocturnal vignettes of the modern dating landscape, ‘The Night Chancers’ is Baxter Dury’s most complete album yet.

REVIEW: The Districts – ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ (Fat Possum)

‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ is a slightly disappointing and anonymous fourth album from The Districts, whose previous output had been so intriguing.

REVIEW: Circa Waves – ‘Sad/ Happy’ (Prolifica)

Circa Waves’ fourth release consists of two mini-albums encompassing happiness and sadness. An ambitious concept that’s disappointingly more of the same.

REVIEW: Four Tet – ‘Sixteen Oceans’ (Text Records)

Kieran Hebden’s latest Four Tet album ‘Sixteen Oceans’ is the soundtrack of an artist reflecting on his achievements and exploring many ideas at once.