It’s almost standard now for pop musicians of a more art-school experimentalist bent to attempt a “classical” album. Accordingly, it was only a matter of time before precocious hoover-botherer Michachu (and her Shapes) came knocking, and ‘Chopped & Screwed’ is the product of their collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, presented in the shape of a live concert recording.

While the involvement of contemporary classical musicians is a fair excuse for abandoning the structures of pop music – which ‘Chopped & Screwed’ does almost entirely – there’s little excuse for the lack of invention and coherence that’s also evident here. For the most part, the suite strives for an intensity that it can’t quite muster, and rarely sustains it when it does. The overall impression is that both sides of the collaboration are over-reaching themselves: the recording is flat, the playing awkward and nervous, and the result a bit drab.

By Sam Walton

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