Petite Noir is the project of South Africa native Yannick Ilunga, a singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, who previously fronted the “misty-pop” electronic band Popskarr. First appearing around 2012, his music has been compared to that of TV On The Radio and his sound is of the experimental, Lo-Fi persuasion.
With his debut album ‘La Vie Est Belle/ Life Is Beautiful’ due out on September 11 via Double Six Records, he has just released ‘MDR’ which is a new track taken from this forthcoming record. Set aside the fact that the chorus sounds like it’s broke into full-on Grease mode, this track is an effective blend of afrobeat rhythms and steady electronic melodies; it works and blends together effortlessly.
As written on Petite Noir’s Soundcloud page:
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful represents the first full expression of what Yannick Ilunga calls ‘Noirwave’, which is more of a concept than a specific sound. Inspired by innovators like Mos Def and legends Fela Kuti and Tabu Ley, Noirwave encompasses a ‘new African aesthetic’.
Listen to “MDR” above