Tuesday, November 6, 2007

viddyo: Aphex Twin

Time to get weird

Who knew that Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin, AFX, Caustic Window, etc.) was such a player-hater? In this Chris Cunningham (Bjork, Madonna) directed video for Aphex Twin's single "Windowlicker" (1999, Warp Records), James picks up some girls in his ridiculously pimped-out stretch limo, beating out two foul-mouthed playas in the process. The video was meant to be a parody of contemporary American rap music, but in the end, the viewer is mostly left with a taste of James' usual creepiness. (Fast forward to 4:15 to get directly to the music)

The music itself is one of my favorite Aphex Twin tracks, a "smooth yet erratic" tune that exemplifies one James' many, many unique (often bizarre, sometimes disturbing) styles. Oddly enough, the track has been featured in a number of advertisements, including Mercedes-Benz and Nickelodeon. Buy the single at Amazon, or get your download on at Bleep or Beatport.

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