Micachu and the Shapes Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes Jewellery
East Londoner Mica Levi is many things: a grime MC, a classical composer, a drama student by day and the protégé of electronic impresario Matthew Herbert, who released her first two singles. She also plays a miniature guitar and a Hoover vacuum on stage, which speaks volumes to the type of deconstructed pop music she's banged out on her debut. Along with her backing crew, the Shapes, Mica (or Micachu, as she calls herself) sews together the rickety sounds from detuned guitars, broken keyboards, unnatural drum patterns and an unidentifiable number of samples for a frantic quilt that's as much a product of listening to hip-hop as it is anything else. And while Micachu's undeniably a pop artist, she does her best to make Jewellery as unclassifiable as she can. By deconstructing typical song structures and using a ton of minor chords, I hear a kinship to fellow Brits Metronomy, who also balance improbability with accessibility. And with a polished gem and bona fide leftfield hit with "Golden Phone" in amongst the oddballs, Jewellery is capable of finding an audience above the obvious underground it thrives in. (Rough Trade)