Micachu and the Shapes with the London Sinfonietta: Chopped and Screwed
Micachu & the Shapes: rising stars of experimental pop, led by classically-trained Mica Levi.
London Sinfonietta: top notch contemporary classical musicians, able to master everything from Mozart to Morten Feldman.
The collaboration between them, Chopped and Screwed, led by classically-trained Mica Levi (Micachu) and ‘Shapes’ Raisa Khan and Marc Pell, was first performed on 1 May 2010 as part of the London Sinfonietta’s Experiment! festival at Kings Place. “This mash-up of chamber orchestra and avant-garde pop was thrilling,” said the Guardian. So good was the premiere, in fact, that Rough Trade are releasing that first live performance in full in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats on 4 April.
"A discordant, but strangely beautiful, experiment from the outer fringes of pop. ****"
"Forget Lady Gaga – Mica Levi, aka Micachu, is modern pop’s true maverick... [She manages] to bring together these otherwise very much separate Venn diagram circles of hip-hop and American avant-garde composition. It’s unsettled and unsettling, but hugely immersive."
The Arts Desk
"The album may be the first classically arranged mix-tape… Classical music is often perceived as reserved for the upper-class elite while boring the arse off the everyman. Mica’s choppin’ and screwin’ attempt at repackaging its intelligence and emotion makes it something fresh that you can feel. Drink up."
Thank God for the London Sinfonietta - a world leading contemporary orchestra who try, and usually succeed, to create interesting and innovative music to entertain and educate. They are at home equally at the Proms or recording with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Teaming up with the curious indie popster Micachu would have made perfect sense considering what they are trying to achieve.