This week see’s the release of Petite Noir’s ‘The King of Anxiety’ EP, via Domino Recording. The five track EP features the current single ‘Shadows’ and provides a small but interesting in-site into why the artist has been appearing on multiple ‘Ones to Watch in 2015’ lists.
Thankfully the authors of these lists seem to have done their homework as this release treats us to confident, well written material all of which provides a real melting pot of genres. We have African influences (Ilunga is from Cape Town, South Africa) mixed with heavy base and even the slightest hint of indie thrown in for good measure. It makes for a quite brilliant and surprisingly unique release that should appeal to a larger than normal audience.
Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir) uses his production skills to create beautifully flowing tracks, none of which would be out of place on a full LP release. The ‘attention to detail’ production, clever combination of genres and wide range of instrumentation ensure you identify with something new upon each listen. On top of this you also have Ilunga’s wonderful vocals that, more than anything, give the tracks their piece de resistance.
‘Chess’ and ‘Shadows’ shine but in truth it’s an EP that contains no duds. It remains consistent from beginning to end and leaves its listener wanting more. That, if nothing else, should be the mark of a good release.
Petite Noir is currently working on his debut LP which will be released on Double Six later this year.
The track-listing for ‘The King of Anxiety’ is as follows…
Till We Ghosts