Micachu and the Shapes: Never (3 stars)

Micachu and the Shapes: Never

Never say never - strong electro pop release with inventive vocal hooks

(Rough Trade)

Never is probably not a word Mica Levi (aka Micachu) uses. Never mix clashing sounds, including what may be a hoover. Pah. Never blend 90s hip hop and classical music (see last year’s Chopped and Screwed, her collaboration with the London Sinfonietta). Never be put off by age restrictions (Mica’s artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre – the youngest so far). Oddly fitting, then, that the follow up to 2009’s Jewellery bears that word as its title.

Opener ‘Easy’ and ‘Low Dogg’ showcase her penchant for inventive vocal hooks, proving ‘experimental’ doesn’t always mean nae melody. Never is a strong release, proving the definition of pop is what you make it.

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