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Petite Noir Shares New Single 'Shadows'

Stream South African 'noir wave' producer Petite Noir's striking new single "Shadows" from his upcoming The King Of Anxiety EP.


South African ‘noir wave’ producer Petite Noir (aka Yannick Illunga) is getting set to drop The King Of Anxiety EP next week. We've heard the EP's slow-burning "Chess" and now get another taste off the release in "Shadows" — a striking consolidation of roaring bass, thundering snares and post-punk guitar riffs held together by Illunga's hypnotic howl. In related news, Petite Noir recently spoke to Pitchfork about the upcoming release, going to metal shows in Cape Town, working with Yasiin Bey and the huge influence Kanye's 808s & Heartbreaks had on him, “I was like, ‘Wow, here's a black guy just breaking all boundaries.’ I will always respect Kanye. He literally changed my life.” The King Of Anxiety is out January 19 on Domino Records, pre-order it here.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.