Soweto Kinch recommends: 10 best songs for listening with earphones

Fullstars has recently been reviewing top earphones and it will continue to do so. We brought you Grado GS1000i, AKG K840 or Bowers & Wilkins P5. Now we would like to recommend music that sounds especially great in quality earphones. We took advice from Soweto Kinch who composed the selection for a blog of the company Bowers & Wilkins. And because  Kinch je alto saxophone player and a rapper at the same time, the selection contains a selection of jazz, hip-hop and soul compositions.  Endless jazz solos from the deepest basses to the highest tones and sharp hip hop phrases check out qualities of your earphones.


John Coltrane – Naima

A composition called Naima is the sixth in a line on a record of the Atlantic label. There is something film-like in the way it sounds along with a piano of Tommy Flanagan. A hypnotic whooping of Coltrane´s saxophone  slows the time down and while listening to the record you feel like there are subtitles running behind the very moment.






A Tribe Called Quest – Butter

A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop band founded in 1985. A composition called Butter represents a classical hip hop combination of a rough attitude towards an issue along with inner sing fragility.  Samples of Gary Bartz bring another dimension. According to Soweto Kinch the record The Low End Theory can be listened all through your youth.





D’Angelo – Chicken Grease

Just in these earphones you enjoy all the nuances of the complicated composition. D´Angelo is a singer and multi-instrumentalist playing music coming out of soul and R&B. The whole album Voodoo from 2000 by Virgin Records has a characteristic sound of dominant drums and bass combined with D´Angelo´s voice and guitar.






Roberta Flack – Angelitos Negros

Roberta Flack is an American jazz singer, a holder of Grammy awards from 1973 and 1974 is together with U2 the only artist who won the award in two respective years. In the recording you can hear a dramatic tension between Flack´s embracing voice and a tremolo added by the guitar. In the headphones you can enjoy every little detail including singer´s recognizably not quite a Spanish accent. Album First Take was released in 1995 by Atlantic.





Wayne Shorter – House of Jade

Classical composition from a classical album JuJu from 1964 by Blue Note. It seems that all that Shorter touched on this album was blessed by gods. There is an unbelievable synergy between Shorter´s saxophone, Elvin Jones´ drums and McCoy Tyner´s piano and Reggie Workman´s bass.  If you listen to the songs in your earphones, you feel like you have been in the studio with them over fifty years ago.





Madvillain – Accordion

One of hip hop anthems of the last decades. Madvillain makes MF DOOM and Madlib. Especially rappers and beat-boxers appreciate efforts of Madliba, listening with earphones gives you a chance to reveal technique they use to create their sounds. In this record from 2004 is an interesting non-conventional attitude to Madvillain using sampling of accordion.




Wynton Marsalis – Love And Broken Hearts 

In this song sounds a soft and tempting voice of Jeniffer Sanon; with earphones you will feel as if Jeniffer was inviting into Wynton´s seducing world where during a slow dance you experience the return of romance. The record was released in 2006 in Blue Note and it is full of classical jazz sound in a modern production.






 Georgia Anne Muldrow – Roses

Georgia Anne is a singer and a producer. She has a very personal attitude towards voice, song structure and rhythm. On the record Umsindo from 2009 you enjoy especially at the moment when the introductory piano is interrupted by drums.





Branford Marsalis – Ayanna

In this record all participating artists sound great. A change after introductory melody sounds like a mantra and as Brandford Marsalis joins in with his saxophone, wondering about his tone easiness and a way of using dynamics you will be amazed. The song Ayanna is on the Contamporary Jazz album from 2000.







Eric Dolphy – Ode To Charlie Parker

Eric Dolphy was a jazz saxophone and flute player who died in 1964 before turning forty. He managed to record many songs and to his five albums during past three years he added over thirty compositions. One on the Far Cry album from 1961 sounds actually as a tribute to Charlie Parker and a single arrange that in the middle part produces the bass and flute gives you enough space for your own fantasies.




Last we should not forget of the author of the selection, Sowet Kinch. As a teenager he met jazz through Wynton Marsalis; when he was eighteen he decided too definitely play saxophone. The Soweto Kinch Trio was accompanying concerts of Courtney Pine. He is a proud holder of many awards, such as Rising Star of the BBC Jazz Awards. We recommend you try his album The New Emancipation.










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