Micachu & the Shapes, 'Jewellery' (Rough Trade)

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by Jason Gross

With micro-house maven Matthew Herbert at the controls, wunderkind composer and hip-hop head Mica Levi leads her trio through this 28-minute cockeyed burst, each song a bizarre little post-punk contraption that sounds like it's ready to fly apart and wreak havoc. Yet her debut is also insanely disorienting fun. Somewhere among the almost random beats, noises, and odd samples (clearly influenced by Blectum from Blechdom's glitchy absurdism), it even swings (the brief, playful "Sweetheart") and occasionally blindsides you with a striking melody (the bhangra-flavored "Just in Case").

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