Today, George FitzGerald shares a video for ‘Full Circle ft. Boxed In’, which was the first single to be released from his debut album Fading Love, out now on Double Six / Domino. The video was directed by Alan Masferrer.
On the video, director Alan Masferrer says:
“Conceptually, the video is an abstract and personal approach to the stages of life: conception, pregnancy, birth, childhood, youth, adultness, oldness and death. This is for me the full circle. This idea is complemented by the circular mise en scène, simulating a continuous trip that turns on the different sets that represent each stage, showing that life can be seen just as a representation, a simple play.
Coincidentally the actress, Anna Hierro, one of the most talented contemporary dancers from Spain, was 4 months pregnant when we asked her to appear in the video. Definitely that fortunate coincidence gave an additional dimension to the essence of the project.”
‘Full Circle’ was also recently remixed by legendary DJ, producer and musician Bonobo (Ninja Tune). The track quickly climbed the Hype Machine Popular chart, reaching a peak of #3, and can be heard HERE
George FitzGerald has two upcoming UK DJ dates next month including a show on Saturday October 10th at London’s Studio Spaces as part of The Hydra: Bugged Out’s XXI Birthday Party.
George FitzGerald is also pleased to announce his first full American tour following the release of Fading Love, his debut album released in April this year. Spanning both United States coasts, and also taking in select dates in South America, the fall tour will see George bring his euphoric set to audiences clamoring to hear Fading Love standouts such as ‘Call It Love’, ‘Crystallize’, and ‘Full Circle’. Additionally, George will be heading to Australia later this month, for his first ever Antipodean tour dates, as part of the Listen Out Festival tour. All dates are as follows:
GEORGE FITZGERALD TOUR DATES
Wed Sept 16 || Ibiza || Paradise @ DC-10 || TIX
Sat Sept 19 || Wetherby Racecourse, UK || Mint Festival || TIX
Sat Sept 26 || Melbourne, AUS || Listen Out Festival || TIX
Sun Sept 27 || Perth, AUS || Listen Out Festival || TIX
Sat Oct 3 || Sydney, AUS || Listen Out Festival || TIX
Sun Oct 4 || Brisbane, AUS || Listen Out Festival || TIX
Fri Oct 9 || Bristol, UK || Motion || TIX
Sat Oct 10 || London, UK || The Hydra: Bugged Out XXI Birthday at Studio Spaces || TIX
Thurs Oct 15 || Amsterdam, Netherlands || Melkweg (ADE) || TIX
Fri Oct 16 || Manchester, UK || The Warehouse Project || TIX
Thurs Oct 29 || San Francisco, CA || Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop || TIX
Fri Oct 30 || Denver, CO || Bar Standard || TIX
Sat Oct 31 || Los Angeles, CA || HARD Day Of The Dead || TIX
Fri Nov 6 || New York, NY || TBA
Sat Nov 7 || Philadelphia, PA || The Dolphin || TIX
Thurs Nov 12 || Washington, DC || Flash || TIX
Fri Nov 13 || Chicago, IL || warehouse TBA
Sat Nov 14 || Miami, FL || Story || TIX
Fri Nov 20 || Medellin, Colombia || Salon Amador || TIX
Sat Nov 21 || Bogota, Colombia || SOMA Festival || TIX
Sun Nov 22 || Mexico City, Mexico || Corona Capital Festival || TIX
George FitzGerald recently released his debut solo album Fading Love to critical acclaim, with The Fader calling it “one of the most enjoyably vibe-to-it-anywhere electronic releases of the year.”
Recorded in an Ibiza studio rented on a whim between DJ gigs in summer 2013, Fading Love documents the disintegration of a romantic relationship as well as FitzGerald's dwindling enthusiasm for the so pervasive one-dimensional dance records that ignore the more complicated realities of his own life.
Petite Noir’s highly anticipated debut album, La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful, is now streaming via NPR First Listen. The album is out next Friday Sept 11th on Double Six / Domino.
Says NPR of the album:
‘Petite Noir's debut thrills. […]While it features nods to early-'80s new romanticism, Ilunga still draws on Afrobeat and South African house music when he needs to. […] The sound reflects the cover art itself, with Ilunga seeming to float away from the confines of gravity. "I will shine," he sings as affirmation. On La Vie Est Belle, Petite Noir does, brightly.’
Following his incendiary set at Afropunk Festival in NYC, Petite Noir has announced an instore at Rough Trade East in London on Monday 14th September at 7pm. Wristbands are available with each purchase of the album from the Rough Trade store HERE. Petite Noir’s show at The Lexington in London on Tuesday 15th September is now sold out. Full live dates are as follows:
Mon 14 September 2015 London, UK – Rough Trade East instore
Tue 15 September 2015 London, UK - Lexington – sold out
Wed 16 September 2015 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Thu 17 September 2015 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Mon 21 September 2015 Paris, France - Badaboum
Tues 22 September 2015 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique/Witloofbar
Thu 24 September 2015 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Fri 25 September 2015 Hamburg, Festival, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful represents the first full expression of what the half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town-residing, 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’, plain and simple. ‘I think for me, it's just the story their music tells and the sense of freedom. It's about seeing the positive in dark times’.
Recorded at Box Ten Studios in London with Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Leon Brichard (Ibibio Sound Machine), La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful is a highly accomplished album with a unique concoction of influences. The record seamlessly fuses intricate contemporary electronics and raw post-punk energy with Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga)’s stirring, soulful vocals and African shuffles that echo his homeland. Named after a revered Congolese film of the same name, the album is both a beacon and a vessel of inspiration, offering empowerment to those who need it.
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful will be available on CD, digitally, and on double vinyl LP with etched artwork on Side D. Pre-order the album through Dom Mart HERE and receive a photographic print of the album artwork. Pre-order through iTunes HERE, and instantly download ‘Down’, ‘Best’ and ‘MDR’.
The album artwork, designed by Lina Viktor, features malachite stone - the stone of transformation, love and change; themes that are represented throughout the album itself.
Watch the video for ‘Best’, directed by Travys Owen with art direction by Rochelle Nembhard HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Down’, with footage filmed around the streets of Lubumbashi during Yannick’s recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, HERE.
Listen to ‘MDR’ HERE.