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Beats Unraveled
April 21, 2014 6:45 AM   Subscribe

In Boiler Room's Beats Unraveled video series, Binkbeats (previously) performs live versions of electronic music songs that he loves.

  1. The Healer by Madlib and Erykah Badu (original, live)
  2. Getting There by Flying Lotus (original, live)
  3. Without You by Lapalux (original)
  4. Lost & Found by Amon Tobin (original, live)
  5. Lovely Bloodflow by Baths (original, live)
  6. A medley of songs by J Dilla
  7. Bowls by Caribou (original, live)
  8. Places by Shlohmo (original)
  9. Windowlicker by Aphex Twin (original, live)
posted by Going To Maine (8 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

This is like porn to me. There was a FPP (I can't find) where DJ's had, like, an hour to make a beat from records they found that morning. Then there was this video of Ingrid Michaelson re-recording that Gotye song. And Andrew Bird using loopers and performing a song at a Ted talk.

More. I need more. (Thanks for this!)
posted by BlerpityBloop at 7:18 AM on April 21 [2 favorites]

These are fantastic, thanks for sharing!

If you want more of something sorta like it, Kawehi's loop-based covers (previously) are also quite good (e.g., Heart-Shaped Box).
posted by tybeet at 7:45 AM on April 21 [1 favorite]

This is like porn to me. There was a FPP (I can't find) where DJ's had, like, an hour to make a beat from records they found that morning.

You might be thinking of this FPP, where producers have 10 minutes to make a new beat from scratch, either by sampling record(s), or making something from their own gear.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:34 AM on April 21 [1 favorite]

That Flying Lotus one was just flawless. Wow.
posted by en forme de poire at 10:00 AM on April 21

Bowls is like one of my favorite beats. That 4/4 bass kick is just perfect. Looking forward to watching the rest of these tonight.
posted by daHIFI at 5:48 PM on April 21

This guy, as I said the last thread, is a spectacular performer. I don't think I could ever get enough of something like this - it's playful, skillful, it feels good, and it's super entertaining. Binkbeats, don't stop and tour or something - I'd love to see you live.
posted by Brent Parker at 10:01 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]

Also, I love this guys kit. The thumb piano bass is super awesome - I mean, how often do you need more than four notes in a bass line anyways?
posted by Brent Parker at 10:07 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]

Wow, great stuff. I also like the inversion of standard synthetic/electronic music processes, where computer-generated versions of acoustic sounds (eg the snare in Windowlicker or the physically modeled string sound in Lost & Found) become actual acoustic sounds in Binkbeats' versions.
posted by Frobenius Twist at 12:54 PM on April 27

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