The Guardian “Joy Division meets Paul Simon in Graceland…striking and unique”
Rolling Stone: 'King of the new Congolese cool'
Les Inrocks: 'Extaordiaire!'
Dazed & Confused: 'the most beguiling young voice'
Pitchfork: 'hits so sweetly, and, like all the best pop, has a way of haunting the subconscious and stirring up distant memories.'
Clash Magazine: One to watch - October 2012
BBC Radio 1xtra guest presenter residency - October 2012
It's been an extremely exciting couple of months for the 22 year old half-Congolese, half-Angolan solo artist Yannick Ilunga, aka Petite Noir.
First of all his debut single Till We Ghosts blew up, finding big support from The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, BBC Radio 1 & Clash, whilst it's B-side Disappear became a blog sensation, featuring on Pitchfork amongst many others.
Then he came to London to play a sold out show, got himself a BBC Radio 1xtra residency and followed that with a stunning performance for The Boiler Room. This remarkable early momentum has very quickly established him as one of the most promising new artists across the globe.
Pressure is the next page in the Petite Noir story, offering a glimpse of more new music to come before the end of 2012.
Like all his music, Pressure is a unique concoction of influences, seamlessly fusing intricate contemporary electronics with his stirring, soulful vocal and African shuffles that echo is homeland.
The Autumn will see him take to the road in support of Foals, before he embarks on his first string of UK headline shows, and then heads to Europe for shows in Paris, Brussels and the Transmusicales festival in Rennes. There's also US dates to follow in early 2013.