Micachu & The Shapes Releasing Classical Album

January 24, 2011 by  

Micachu & The Shapes have collaborated with London Sinfonietta, a contemporary orchestra, to record a classical album titled ‘Chopped & Screwed’.

The album was recorded live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010 and will be released by Rough Trade on 28th March 2011.

According to Rough Trade “The Sinfonietta invited Mica, Micachu & The Shapes’ frontwoman, to compose a series of pieces that would reflect her interests and influences”.

The album was “inspired by the popular “chopping and screwing” technique in American hip-hop which was developed in Houston in the 1990s” and for the record Mica Levi and David Sylvester handmade the instruments played by Micachu & The Shapes.

As part of the Ether Festival, they will perform the album in full again at a one-off live show at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 5th April 2011.

Chopped & Screwed’ and its accompanying mixtape precede Micachu & The Shapes’ second studio album, the follow up to 2009’s ‘Jewellery’, which is set for release later this year.


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