Exclusive: Riding the Noir wave

2015-01-14 18:15

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The sound of Petite Noir (Little Black) echoes in your ears long after the music stops. The rhythms it floats along sinks somewhere deep in your body, there where you left the groove.

It's baritone and falsetto simultaneously and separately. It's intellectual and indie but pop and pulsing and near impossible to resist liking.

It is this, and everything else Yannick Ilunga does that has got the music industry preparing it's armies for the release of his latest album, destined only for greatness.

The musical lovechild of Congolese and Angolan parents, iLunga relocated from Cape Town to London a year ago to begin recording his debut EP The King of Anxiety after being signed to independent British recording label Domino (the same group that brought out indie superstars Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys).

It took one release, the instantly infamous Disappear, to seal a deal most recording artists can only dream of and launch what the artist named ‘The Noir Wave’ a heady mash up of new wave and contemporary African rhythms throbbing between 80’s synth.

It’s all accompanied by his achingly soulful voice that’s been compared to Bowie and Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Not that he cares.

If the description of this eclectic mix leaves you bewildered then ignore everything we've said and rather listen to Shadows, the first release off of iLunga’s forthcoming EP.

One YouTube fan pronounced, “This is a f***ing masterpiece” and we couldn't agree more.


The King Of Anxiety’ EP will be released digitally on January 19 and is available to pre-order via iTunes with an instant grat of ‘Chess’. The EP will now also be released mid February in stores nationwide.

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