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Tune of the Week – “Lips”

Oooooooooh, this is good Every year, there are always a couple of acts who I should have seen at Eurosonic that I only find out about afterwards. This year’s one that got away was Micachu & The Shapes. Chances are …

Fri, Jan 30, 2009, 12:05

   

Oooooooooh, this is good

Every year, there are always a couple of acts who I should have seen at Eurosonic that I only find out about afterwards. This year’s one that got away was Micachu & The Shapes. Chances are that will be the last time they get away in 2009.

Micachu is Mica Levi, a 21 year from Bow in east London. She’s already done the classical stuff – including writing a piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform – and she’s now turning her attention to wonky pop. And man, Micachu and her band The Shapes know all about gloriously lo-fi wonky pop. This is music making friends with sounds which should never even be on kissing terms making for a criss-crossed, insideout, mixed-up and weird-as-hell soundclash with an abundance of swagger and smarts.

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There has been a couple of singles already (you can hear “Golden Hammer” here and you can get “Lone Ranger” via eMusic). More importantly, she has an album called “Jewellery”, which was produced by Matthew Herbert and which will feature “Lips”, ready to roll on Rough Trade. She’s probably the best signing that label has made in yonks and more than makes up for them signing crud like The 1990s. I had a listen to an unmastered version of the new album earlier in the week and those off-kilter sounds, weird melodies and chunks of unglossy pop fun are still exploding in my head. It’s going to be one of the albums which will wow you this year.

Listen to “Lips” here, download LV’s Hyperdubesque remix of the tune here and download Micachu’s “Filthy Friends” mix-tape here.