Micachu & The Shapes
Monday 20th July 2015
Hypnotized + CPOP (DJ)
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £8 + booking fee / £10
New album: GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD out via Domino on September 11.
East London-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Micachu, returns with her band The Shapes; showcasing her experimental pop – a boundary-blurring mix of hip-hop-tinged beats, found sound samples and rock guitar.
Micachu is the stage name of Mica Levi, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist born in Surrey, England, and raised in the Bow area of East London. Levi’s music, which she calls experimental pop, is a boundary-blurring mix of hip-hop-tinged beats, found sound samples, singalong melodies, rock guitar, and the odd vacuum cleaner or two. She also makes her own instruments, including the Chu, an adapted guitar that she named after herself.
Levi began playing and composing music at age four, but despite her classical training — which included studying viola, violin, and composition at the Purcell School and studying composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama — Levi was just as inspired by hip-hop and the U.K.’s thriving grime and garage scenes
Micachu connected with producer Matthew Herbert, who signed her to his Accidental label and worked with her on songs for her debut album; late in 2007, she decided to broaden her music to a live, full-band sound, so she recruited drummer/percussionist Marc Pell and keyboardist Raisa Khan to form the Shapes. Micachu has supported the likes of Spoon, and has played festivals such as Bestival, V Festival, SXSW as well as being personally selected by Animal Collective to play ATP 2011.
“It appears beyond dispute that Mica Levi is a musical prodigy.” – The Guardian ****
“A discordant, but strangely beautiful, experiment from the outer fringes of pop” – Uncut ****
Brighton experimental psychedelic trio creating “a colossal amalgamation of mutated sounds and layered distortion which echo rhythmically at every turn.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“a kind of experimental psychtronica; it’s atmospheric and worldly noise.” – The 405
Originally from the North West, DJ & sometimes producer CPOP made the trip down south and quickly got involved with Brighton’s Throw Some Shapes, Producers Retreat & 7×7 crews, providing support dj duties for the likes of Kutmah, Paul White & Eclair FiFi. You can catch him each month at his Mondo Bizarro night which sees him take an all vinyl 5hour trip into cosmic funk & punk.