Mica Levi Under The Skin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on LP + Download
No one can deny that the face of music is changing at a rate faster than ever before. Whether one believes that it's awkwardly evolving into a beguiling new beast, or imploding into a certain apocalypse, one thing's for sure: this soundtrack will be like nothing you've ever heard before. Mica Levi, the 26-year-old leader of Micachu and the Shapes, is the unassuming figure creating tunes that somehow perfectly define these sometimes scary, often overwhelming, but always exciting times. She's the most singular artist leading the future-pop frontier, with an instinctual understanding of music only possible from one of those rare lives where rhythms, melodies, discord and noise have underpinned every last waking second.
It's no surprise that director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) enlisted the classically trained Mica Levi to provide the score to his 2014 film Under the Skin based on the novel by Michael Faber. Starring Scarlett Johansson as a sinister figure preying upon hitchhikers in Scotland, the score itself is the perfect canvas for Glazer's ominous cinematic brushstrokes. The score is a stunning compliment to the film, while the moving images similarly allow for the ebb and flow of the score to be recognized. Milan Records will be releasing Mica Levi's original score to Under the Skin in April 2014.
Born in Guilford, the daughter of a record collector and a professional cellist, Mica was playing a violin when she was barely old enough to hold one. Music was not just a hobby, but rather the starting point for everything in the Levi household. Classically trained at the Purcell School on a scholarship from the Music and Ballet Scheme, she went on to win a scholarship to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music. During her time there she released her first mixtape Filthy Friends with producers and MC’s including Toddla T, Ghostpoet and Man Like Me.
At Guildhall she met ‘the Shapes’, Raisa Khan and Marc Pell, and largely on a laptop in Mica’s bedroom they made their critically acclaimed debut album Jewellery (2009). In addition to releasing Never (2012) the group have been extremely prolific. Using unorthodox, handmade instruments they collaborated with The London Sinfonietta – one of the world’s leading contemporary orchestras – to release the album Chopped & Screwed (2011), recorded live in front of an audience at King’s Place.
Micachu and DJ/producer Kwes then released the second volume of their collaborative mixtape series Kwesachu which featured artists such as Ghostpoet, Speech Debelle and Dels (volume one was released in 2009 and featured The xx, Hot Chip and Metronomy). Micachu is also an artist in residence at London’s Southbank Centre, the youngest individual musician to have ever been granted this unique role.
Mica Levi Under The Skin Track Listing:
2. Lips to Void
3. Andrew Void
4. Meat to Maths
6. Lonely Void
11. Alien Loop