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Black Midi


Debut full-length album from the experimental rock band produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Steve Mason)

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  1. 9.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Schlagenheim is beyond weird. Schlagenheim is a legitimate one of a kind record. Schlagenheim is a masterpiece
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Schlagenheim must be heralded as the dawn of a new era in a music scene crying out for a fresh injection of life
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  3. 8.6 |   Gig Soup

    'Schlagenheim’ is just the beginning. black midi have created something powerful and individualistic through their upheavals, and as for where they go from here, the sky is absolutely the limit
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Listen or don’t, black midi will happen either way.
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  5. 8.5 |   Northern Transmission

    There’s something so refreshing about ‘Schlagenheim’, it’s an album that almost sounds peerless, as if it hasn’t and can’t be penetrated by the zeitgeist; I don’t think black midi would have it any other way
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  6. 8.5 |   The 405

    While they may not saviors, black midi and their debut album are a needed breath of rancid air—a change of pace amongst the many (maybe too many) ethereally agreeable artists and bands fighting to be distinguished within the independent sphere of alternative music
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  7. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The mysterious London band emerge from the underground in full chaotic force
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  8. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    The London guitar band’s debut is twitchy, hair-raising, always on the move. They harken back to a more esoteric era of indie with a magnetic and dazzling style
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Black Midi are inventive enough for Schlagenheim to become an underground classic. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Parts of Schlagenheim will connect immediately, but you have to give it time and spins for it all to fall into place. It’s not always a comfortable listen and it won’t be for everyone but it’s exciting to see where they’ll go next
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Hyped UK band takes bracing noise in fascinating new directions
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  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Isn’t the sound of a band here to save guitar music; just four guys with tons of potential doing things entirely on their own terms
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  13. 8.0 |   Clash

    An arresting, astonishing experience, ‘Schlagenheim’ is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard
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  14. 8.0 |   All Music

    Schlagenheim crackles with the same excitement as ground breaking records that came before it did when expanding the known boundaries of experimental sounds
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Black Midi are making music like no other band in the world
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  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A rousing debut that constantly eschews genre conventions. As a result, the record manages the impressive juxtaposition of perpetual unfurling in unpredictable ways yet remaining tonally coherent. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Q

    n unmitigated success. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It does little to dispel any of the mystery that surrounds the band, even while proving them worthy of the praise they've received across the pond
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  19. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    black midi aim to dazzle and perform, and with Schlagenheim, their mammoth ideations never cease to thrill, the product of a boundless creative spirit and unwavering technicality
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  20. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    An impressive, protean, raucous debut
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  21. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Like their namesake, Black Midi are a restless, unstoppable force that push their members and listeners to their limits in Schlagenheim
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    This hyped quartet of Brit School graduates deliver some powerful kicks between the clattering, self-satisfied rackets
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  23. 6.0 |   Punk News

    There’s plenty to suggest that black midi don’t quite have a clear handle on what the world’s problems are, but Schlagenheim’s power isn’t in defining or diagnosing cultural collapse, our collected and accumulated problems. It’s a scream for help, and those don’t usually come with a lot of logic behind them
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