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Track of the Day: Petite Noir – Chess

It’s no secret that Cape Town’s Yannick Ilunga’s distinct ‘Noirwave’ under moniker Petite Noir is spreading far beyond the South African borders.The King of Anxiety EP being released by Domino imprint, Double Six, early next year, promises to provide more of his spellbinding falsetto and baroque pop that we have come to know and love.

‘Chess’ is the latest single; following on from 2012’s ‘Disappear’ and ‘Till We Ghosts,’ which will both also feature on the EP. Paired with a video directed by Ceiron Magat, ‘Chess’ is unique in its inharmonious blend of that broody post rock, a jittery rhythmic undertone, and an unconventional blend of electronic arrangements. The video provides a colourful array of backdrops painted by Daniel David Freeman and styled by Mischa Notcutt, who were inspired by Philip Kwame Apagya’s Ghanaian portraits. Yet again, we are reminded of the brilliance and aptitude of this young performer whose future is as bright as this latest offering.

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