It's been an extremely exciting year 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. His next single '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. Next he signed with his favourite label, Domino. SXSW 2013 and a run of tour dates with Solange in the US soon followed. This remarkable early momentum has very quickly established him as one of the most promising new artists across the globe. He has since toured all over the globe with Foals and completed his own debut headline tour. Throughout the summer of 2013 he played a string of European festivals and polished off his debut album with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode) which is set for release in early 2014.
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