Boomkat Product Review:
In our opinion one of the best things Mica Levi has ever been involved with - and that's really saying a lot - their Micachu & The Shapes collaborating with the London Sinfonietta in 2010 to basically create a chopped & screwed take on blunted pop - sounds genius, and it is - merging the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin' early '90s Houston HipHop legend, DJ Screw, with the rarified sound of one of the world's leading contemporary orchestras.
While the Sinfonietta provide endlessly absorbing backdrops, MIca takes the innovative approach and plays their own, hand made instruments, as they explain "Our own instruments sound a bit percussive, a bit like samples, a bit different. When I write songs on a guitar I find my hands falling into the same bar chords all the time, but if you have something new in front of you there are no rules. No one else has ever played one before so you can approach music differently just make it up as you go along".
The end result of all this is incredible, a bewitching sequence of dissonance and crooked articulation that sounds unlike anything you'll have heard before, somewhere between that acclaimed Under The Skin score, classical fantasia, shoegaze and Dj Screw.
Trust, it's a special one.