It’s not every day that you see an artist who will leave you slack-jawed from the moment you first hear of him, but that’s more or less what Binkbeats has decided to do to the whole Internet via Boiler Room‘s “Beats Unraveled” series.
This one-take, live instrumentation cover of Aphex Twin‘s legendary “Windowlicker” is hands-down one of the most impressive covers of any track I may have ever seen. Binkbeats keeps the original vibe and sound of Aphex’s original work and does so with an impressive array of instruments – a xylophone, modified drum kit, two keyboards, two kaossilators, some looping pedals, and we aren’t quite sure what else. There’s no laptop or computer in sight, but it appears that he’s using some sort of MIDI controller possibly routed to a computer beneath the table or off-stage. Either way, no disrespect at all, as I’m sure nobody reading this could pull this cover off quite the way Bink did. The best part is the infamous final drop of the song, for which Binkbeats seems to have crafted his own method of recreating that Aphex Twin-trademark digital feedback, using vibrating tinfoil over a mic’d up monitor connected to some sort of analogue synthesizer.
In short, this is more than just a faithful recreation of a classic — it’s a batshit insane re-imagining of it that proves to be immensely enjoyable. Peep this and see if you can pick up how Binkbeats creates each sound… we practically guarantee it’ll take you several views.