Enigmatic London four-piece black midi formed just over a year ago, since then they have quickly cemented their reputation as the hottest new underground band in the country, following a string of sold-out live dates – including Electrowerkz and Bloc in London – and surprise shows punctuated by constantly shifting sets and blistering musicianship. Until the release of their debut single bmbmbm on Carey’s label, Speedy Wunderground, the band only existed in live form, making their name initially at Brixton’s Windmill venue and recording a frenetic session for Queen Kong’s NTS Radio show.
Taut, inventive and sitting at the apex of electronic and hardcore, the aforementioned bmbmbm sold out its 300 copies instantly and had to be taken to repress within the first week. Now signed to iconic indie label Rough Trade, they’ve most recently shared new single Speedway, which was produced by Dan Carey and is accompanied by visuals created by the group themselves. The release is otherwise only available as a limited physical 12” at the band’s shows and features remixes from Proc Fiskal, Kwake Bass and Blanck Mass.
While black midi’s minimal online and press presence, coupled with their uncompromising youth, has caused the music world to gravitate towards them and their indefinable sound. They are impossible to put your finger on, but equally impossible to ignore.
Rattle is an ongoing musical project concerned with experiments in rhythm, metre and tension. The duo’s debut album was released in 2016, greeted with much critical praise and followed by a tour supporting Animal Collective. Their latest EP Sequence was released late 2018.
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1-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH