The second Student Playlist of the year comes from Alice Roberts, who was previously the Culture Editor of our magazine.

You can listen to her playlist on Spotify!

Here’s a brief interview where she tells us more about her music tastes:

1. Where are you from/what year are you in?
I’m originally from South Africa and have just finished my fourth year.

2. What do you study/ why do you like what you study?
I study English and Philosophy. For Philosophy: I like the detailed/intense way of working through problems, and its general aim of sincerely trying to understand things. For English: I like the psychological and moral nuances novels are able to convey. Also English tutorials can be pretty funny when they get off-topic.

3. What was the first album you bought?
Monkey Business by The Black Eyed Peas.

4. Try and describe your music taste in one sentence/phrase:
Not very cohesive.

5. Who has most influenced your music taste and why?
At the moment definitely, my sister. If it wasn’t for her I would probably only listen to Bob Dylan. She knows a lot about the contemporary electronic music scene, low-fi hip-hop and synth-like music (she spent a lot of time going to concerts in London last year), and also some contemporary classical music (she played the cello in school).

6. Is there a song on your playlist that particularly stands out/is close to being your favourite?
Probably “One Too Many Mornings”.

7. When do you generally listen to music?
When I’m studying and walking around and sometimes cooking. I started listening to music properly while studying for GCSE’s and A-Levels (to stop myself from daydreaming/drifting away from what I was supposed to be concentrating on) so I still really like listening to music while writing essays. The only problem with this system is that now some albums that I listened to when a deadline was fast approaching have become too associated with a specific essay and have had to be blacklisted…

8. Are there any new artists you have come across recently that you would recommend?
I don’t normally listen to electronic music but Nicolas Jaar (who my sister introduced me to) is amazing.

9. What was the last song you listened to?
“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton (according to iTunes) while driving back from London with my parents.

10. If you were cast away to a mythical island and could take five tracks and one book, what would they be?
If I’m being truly sentimental about this:
“Sonata no. 31 op. 110” – Beethoven
“Mr Tambourine Man” – Bob Dylan
“Love Minus Zero” – Bob Dylan
“Once upon a December” – from the animated movie Anastasia
“As Time Goes By” – from Casablanca

Book: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (the first novel I read… assuming I can’t get back from the mythical island it would be nicely symmetrical for it to be the last too)


Neptune Estate – King Krule

Dead Albatross – Chester Watson

Thais: Meditation – Jules Massenet (Fritz Kreisler Version)

Moonlight Drive – The Doors

Soapy Water – Wolf Alice

Not to touch the Earth – The Doors

Sinnerman – Nina Simone

Pale Blue Eyes – Velvet Underground

The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon and Garfunkel

One Too Many Mornings – Bob Dylan

The Only Thing – Sufjan Stevens

As Time Goes by – Casablanca

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