DDS follow that immense Shinichi Atobe album with one of the best things we’ve heard this year - bar none - an hour of new music from Micachu, delivered via this limited edition cassette for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint.
Mica Levi has already more or less owned our year with the release of that astonishing soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’, but this new hour long album-cum-mixtape has just completely blown us away.
She’s an artist who has by her mid-20’s merged the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin' early '90s Houston HipHop legend DJ Screw with the rarified sound of London Sinfonietta on her incredible ‘Chopped & Screwed’ album, got Matthew Herbert to produce her brilliant debut ‘Jewellery’ and acquire Bjork as a fan in the process. She’s produced a bunch of killer, off-beat pop tracks for up-and-comer Tirzah and supplied an impromptu 30 minute Boiler Room set that's still for our money one of the best they’ve ever put up.
And yeah, that’s before that ‘Under The Skin’ soundtrack that showcased another side to her production altogether - all discordant, intense, Ligeti-influenced strings, muffled percussion and frozen drones that came off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between David Lynch and Nate Young.
And this hour-long session is perhaps the best thing we’ve heard from her yet. More or less split into three seamless segments referenced in the title, it journeys out from tense, concrete-fuelled strings to brilliantly ramshackle tape beats and odd pop edits - all brand new work from Mica herself, spooled through her singular, totally inimitable box of tricks.
Honestly, we can’t think of any contemporary artists who have as broad and limitless an ability to continuously re-contextualise the familiar into something we’ve really never heard before. We’d have to go as far back as Prince or Arthur Russell to reference anyone who has really managed to tap into as many diverse musical disciplines with this much originality. And if you think that’s a bit far fetched - give this a listen and knock yourself out.
Purchases include an instant download of the full album dropped into your account.