02.02.2011, Words by dummymag

Micachu & The Shapes and The London Sinfonietta present 'Chopped & Screwed'

The Surrey born singer Mica Levi aka Micachu and her band team up with The London Sinfonietta to produce

Micachu & The Shapes have collaborated with the London Sinfonietta to create the album ‘Chopped & Screwed’. Recorded live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, this will be both Rough Trade and Micachu’s first ever classical release. The concept behind the album was inspired by the popular “chopping and screwing” technique in American hip-hop which was developed in Houston in the 1990s. The technique involves halving tempo, skipping beats and affecting portions of the original music. The approach was thought to have been developed by DJ Screw and largely influenced by Purple Drank, a codeine-based cough syrup which creates the effect of slowing down the brain, giving mellow music its appeal.

The first track to be taken from the album is Everything which can be downloaded for free here:
There is also a candid video of how the album was made.

Rough Trade will release Micachu & The Shapes’s ‘Chopped & Screwed’ on 28th March, 2011.

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