Five Songs to Play on Your Subwoofer

May 12, 2016

In the wake of the release of PSB Speakers’ latest subwoofer, the SubSeries 450, we here at PSB got to thinking about some of our favourite bass-heavy tracks. As PSB’s most advanced, high performance subwoofer to date, we knew it was our duty to test the full power of the SubSeries 450. The result was a ground-shaking listening party.

Whether it was a classic track like the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere,” or a more contemporary hit such as The Weeknd’s “The Hills,” the SubSeries 450 delivered the heart pounding bass one looks for in a subwoofer. Although this list only contains a handful of the songs we played, we have created a playlist on Spotify that will demonstrate the full majesty and explosiveness of the SubSeries 450. So, without further ado, here are five of our favourite tracks to play on a subwoofer.

5) “Bloom” – ODESZA

Appearing on ODESZA’s sophomore album In Return, “Bloom” is a gorgeous example of bass being used in a subtle yet potent way. Instead of allowing the bass to dominate the track, ODESZA seamlessly blends it with the other instrumentals, resulting in a truly stunning piece of music.

4) “Where Have You Been” – Rihanna 

One of the more frenetic uses of bass on the list, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is a dance-pop storm of desire and discovery. Infused with trance and R&B influences, “Where Have You Been” surges with electricity thanks in part to a well-employed bass that heightens the sense of urgency found on the track.

3) “It Could Be Sweet” – Portishead 

Throughout the 1990s, English trip hop band Portishead carved themselves a large space in the electronic music scene with their unique sound and mysterious persona. The band’s 1994 debut album, Dummy, received critical acclaim and eventually went on to win the Mercury Music Prize in ’95. With a prominent bass throughout the course of the song, “It Could Be Sweet” is as seductive as it is stimulating.

2) “Limit to Your Love” – James Blake

Originally appearing on Feist’s 2007 album The Reminder, English artist James Blake reinterpreted the track for his 2011 self-titled debut. Where the original version is more tender and solemn, Blake’s cover is raw and commanding. Erupting with passion and heat, Blake’s “Limit To Your Love” will have your own subwoofer reaching new limits as well.

1) “Fantasy” – The xx 

Reaching out from the dark abyss, the bass on The xx’s “Fantasy” will envelope and move you. The English trio have built a reputation on producing moody, atmospheric music, and “Fantasy” is no exception. Thundering and looming, the bass on “Fantasy” grips listeners tightly, ultimately shaking them to their core.