With an abundance of audio gear these days, it's no old wisdom that buyers are constantly looking for earphones that sound great. From the many genres we consume or the tracks we most listen to, taking calls on the go or at home, to backtracking workouts - the right gear makes or breaks your listening experience.
And while there's a mountain of reviews and videos out there on an assortment of products - nothing really beats testing out the little things ourselves. For that purpose, Bandwagon's got just the right tracks for you. From pop divas to rock classics, electronic scapes to hardcore hitters, these (hand-picked, office-debated) tracks are sure to give your listening experience a fair go at frequencies of all sorts, so you never have to compromise on your sound. Let's dive in.
‘DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR’ - Lingua Ignota
Although practically every song from the album Caligula is phenomenal, this particular track is perfect for testing out your earphones/sound system as the vocal melodies and harmonies on this one are off the charts.
When Kristin goes on an almost cathartic chant with the lyrics: “I don’t eat I don’t sleep I don’t eat I don’t sleep,” it's visceral and unsettling, but you can feel the raw emotion behind each and every word she enunciates. Lyrically and instrumentally, the sheer intensity of ‘DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR’ is absolutely devastating in the best way possible, and is sure to chill you to the bone if you’re testing it out on a good pair of earphones. — Ynez Wahab
'How You Like That - BLACKPINK
'How You Like That' hits hard as soon as it starts. Its horn section and Lisa announcing, "BLACKPINK in your area!" lets you know you're in for something special. It then smoothly transitions to its dreamy verse that could easily make the hairs on your arms stand, until BOOM—it's time to break down those dance moves. The music doesn't have to stop there - with Sennheiser’s CX Plus True Wireless, bang out to your favourite idols for hours on end with its 24-hour battery life. — Kara Bodegon
‘Man’ - Skepta
Skepta’s ‘Man’ quietly introduces itself at first with a sample of ‘Regular John’ by Queens of the Stone Age and immediately transverses into a hard-hitting grime track. Its heavy bass and horns that accompany the track’s instrumentation, together with Skepta’s lucid delivery make for an overall pleasantly surprising digestion; but its distinctive sounds and copious layers are a joy to sonically pick out, especially on earphones that can replicate them in clarity and quality. — Sabiq Rafid
‘Don’t Stop Believing' - Journey
‘Don’t Stop Believing’ starts with an inciting piano melody, a small but resonating guitar riff, and the gradual addition of chimes all before erupting into a rock power ballad led by a booming drum beat. Not to mention that guitar solo – oh, pure sonic magic. Listening to this track on a good pair of headphones guarantees goosebumps - just make sure you're turning in to a hi-fidelity version, since the 1981 single has been re-mastered throughout the decades. — Franchesca Judine Basbas
'Machinist' - Japanese Breakfast
One of several standout singles from the producer's fantastic second studio album, here, Michelle Zauner AKA Japanese Breakfast's emphatic merger of her pop sensibilities and playful storytelling births a track that's audibly gorgeous. Shimmering chimes and Zauner's whispy spoken word are its initial greeting, with retro backbeats and a Vocaloid-esque effort from the producer underscoring the track's robot love affair (in tandem with the rest of the album's rhetoric). Then, around its 3-minute mark as if to reclaim its humanness - a saxophone solo to climax. With hazy filters rearing in and out of it, 'Machinist' puts listeners right where they ought to be, drenched in audio goodness armed with a compelling narrative. — Leland Tan
'Acceptance - Concealing Fate, Pt. 1' - TesseracT
The music of TesseracT is extremely dynamic with layers upon layers of ethereal tones and breakdowns that bring chills down your spine. When sampling new headphones, 'Acceptance - Concealing Fate, Pt. 1' is a definite go-to. At 8 and a half minutes long with sections that take you through the motions, you'll get the chance to experience the full power of your headphones on multiple levels. The True Wireless earbuds and its Transparency Mode means after your lengthy listening, you can choose to take a break from its epicness. Or not, that's up to you. — Kara Bodegon
'You & Me (Flume Remix)' - Disclosure
Birthed at the peak of future bass' then proliferation, Flume's remix on the UK dance duo's original garage beat encapsulated what many electronic producers at the time struggled to achieve, turning remixes into powerhouses that could stand on their own. The track's slashing cymbals, large blaring horns, newly-imagined synth hook and original vocals soaked in reverb spells a listen that's perfect for auditory submission, and till this day serves as my appetiser track for testing out low frequencies and big room soundscapes for earphones from the get-go. — Leland Tan
‘What’s a Girl to Do’ - Fatima Yamaha
Originally released in 2004, ‘What’s a Girl to Do’ is a dance floor classic and an enigma-turned-anthem. Timed in at 7 minutes, it's a slow-burner that follows a melodic and infectious repertoire made from atmospheric synths. Its simple rhythm, high scaling keys coupled with its synthesizer bass notes creates an unambiguous tonal experience for the testing of headphones. In 2015, Fatima Yamaha was revealed to be a moniker used by Amsterdammer DJ and producer Bas Bron, relieving the world of the shackles of mystery. Give the track a go the next time you plugin, and you'll understand the reverence. With the earbuds’ Bass Boost and German-made TrueResponse Transducer, house music will never sound the same. — Sabiq Rafid
‘Slit Your Guts’ - Cryptopsy
This is my go-to death metal track when I’m testing out new audio equipment because of the incredibly composed drum parts courtesy of Flo Mounier. With a good pair of earphones, it is virtually impossible not to headbang to the blast beats and riffs on ‘Slit Your Guts’ or any song off None So Vile, for that matter. The True Wireless earbuds and its Active Noise Cancellation means you can stay in the zone, head-banging out to continuous metal all day long. — Ynez Wahab
‘Baby, Don’t Stop’ - NCT U
From a bass-heavy intro that you can feel deep within your soul to the subtle sounds of clapping and DJ backspins – and of course, that whisper-sung chorus – NCT U’s ‘Baby, Don’t Stop’ is just a sonic experience like no other. With so many layers and textures, the song just sends tingles down your spine. Then, with the earbud’s customisable touch controls and the Sennheiser Smart Control application, take a gander at the rest of NCT's 2018 Empathy - you can thank us later. — Franchesca Judine Basbas
The Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless retails for SGD$259 in Singapore, and ₱10,599.00 in the Philippines, and is available at respective online stores and authorised retail outlets. To find out more, head on over to Sennheiser’s official online stores in Singapore and the Philippines.
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