We are pleased to announce the debut album release by Yannick Ilunga, AKA Petite Noir, ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful’. The 11 track LP from the half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town-residing artist is due for release on 11th September 2015. This follows the release of his breakout EP, ‘The King Of Anxiety’, earlier this year.
Recorded at Box Ten Studios in London with Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Leon Brichard (Ibibio), ‘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 Yannick’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.
With footage filmed around the streets of Lubumbashi during Yannick’s recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first track to be shared from the album - ‘Down’ - blends unrehearsed imagery and joyful sounds to paint a contemporary portrait of Petite Noir's Congolese background and his hopes for the country's future. Watch it below.
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful represents the first full expression of what 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’.
‘La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful’ will be available on CD (DS100CD), Digital (DS100D) and double vinyl LP with etched artwork on Side D (DS100LP). Pre-order the album through Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE, and instantly download ‘Down’.
1 Intro Noirwave
4 Seventeen (Stay)
5 Just Breathe
6 La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
Petite Noir will be playing live throughout the Summer and Autumn in support of ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful’, including a London show at The Lexington on 15th September. Full live dates are as follows:
Sat 04 July 2015 Belfort, France - Les Eurockéennes
Sat 11 July 2015 Lausanne, Switzerland - Festival de la Cite
Tue 14 July 2015 NYC, USA – Afropunk Pre-Fest event at Lot 45
Sat 18 July 2015 Dublin, Ireland - Longitude
Sun 23 August 2015 NYC, USA - Afropunk
Tue 15 September 2015 London, UK - Lexington
Wed 16 September 2015 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Thu 17 September 2015 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Sat 19 September 2015 Nurnburg, Festival, Germany - Melt!
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
All We Are release their new single ‘Honey’ on Friday the 17th of July 2015. Watch the accompanying video below.
In the words of All We Are, the video for ‘Honey’ “tells the story of a ghost observing the life of its former lover and the restiveness of the subject matter, juxtaposed with the upbeat nature of the tune, was captured perfectly by director Stephan Agnew. The Lynchian world of the ‘Honey’ video has a macabre and hellish feel that's tense and unsure and gives a feel for the purgatory like existence the ghost is living."
All We Are have been travelling the world since the release of their debut album in February – recently supporting both The Vaccines and MEW in the UK. The band will be playing summer festivals and shows as follows, before their headlining London show at The Scala on the Wednesday the 14th of October:
Saturday 13TH June – UK, London, Bush Hall – Bushstock
Tuesday 16th June – UK, Cambridge, St John’s College May Ball
Thursday 18th June – Lithuania, Vilnius, Loftas
Friday 19th June – Lithuania, Kaunas
Sunday 28th June – UK, Glastonbury Festival
Friday 17th July – UK, Suffolk, Latitude Festival
Saturday 18th July – UK, Oxfordshire, Truck Festival
Friday 24th July – Portugal, Barcelos, Milhoes De Festa
Saturday 25th July – Spain, Illa De San Simon, Sinsal Festival
Friday 31st July – UK, Somerset, Farmfest
Saturday 1st August – UK, Hertfordshire, Standon Calling
Saturday 22nd August – Germany, Hamburg, Dockville Festival
Sunday 23rd August – UK, Green Man Festival
Friday 28th August – UK, Reading Festival
Saturday 29th August – UK, Leeds Festival
Friday 4th September – Poland, Gdansk, Soundrive
Sunday 6th September – Holland, Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open
Monday 7th September – Holland, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
Wednesday 14th October – UK, London, The Scala
Ticket information for all shows is available HERE.