Bowers & Wilkins Applied Research Engineer Stuart Nevill chooses his top 10 bass tracks to really push your speakers
“Hip Hop” by Dead Prez
One of our favourite test tracks and unlike most we don’t really get tired of it. Tuneful “phat” bass with some deep kicks thrown in for good measure that really tests smaller speakers. Could have filled this list with HipHop but this one stands out with sharp lyrics too.
Little known but has a tremendous sense of depth and space, techno for the audiophile.
Hear this on a big modern rig and it rattles you with bumpy bass. Great production and a great track. Will make you dance.
No track does quite what this track can do when heard on a pair of 801s, there is a subsonic note in there that is fed to left and right out of phase and it actually wobbles your bottom on the sofa. Disconcerting first time round.
“Sunshowers” by MIA
Wikipaedia says the genre is “Jungle Dance” which sums it up quite nicely, mischievious MIA at her best.
One of my all time faves, the bass doesn’t actually go that low, it just sounds like it does, so it sounds great on everything, very clever and very cool, especially with a yellow puppet on your hand.
“In For The Kill” by La Roux (Skream’s Lets Get ravey Mix)
Well, had to get a bit of Dubstep in the list and this track opened a few more ears to it, not many remixes gel this well.
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica
One of the finest rock intros I’ve heard, thunderous bass kicks help drive the build up to an expolosive opening and a great track. If I was a rock journo I’d describe it much better
What can I really say about this track? How about, I heard a great rendition by a beatboxer, evidentally reproduced by saying an explosive “Boots” following by a cutting “Cats” and repeating at 120bpm.
A lot of people have heard of Fantasia but not many will have heard this piece to the end. This is a beautifully recorded version that is notable for the epic Timpani, and is another one of those test tracks that we still enjoy.
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