South Africa, meet East London: today, we're premiering a video of Cape Town's most striking new voice, shot by one of our neighbourhood's finest filmmakers. Petite Noir (born Yannick Ilunga) makes music that combines post punk, globalised electronic music and that sheer, unmistakable vocal / rhythmic awesomeness that all South African music seems to have. In a meeting of minds, he hit it off with Hackney's Cieron Magat – a man who, with his projects ISYS, T-Shirt Party and a massive number of dope music videos, combines street life, VCR aesthetics, a heart-warming SweetLad tone with complex narratives on our cosmpolitan city (and world).
This video, for Petite Noir's "Chess", Petite and Cieron, inspired by Philip Kwame Apagya's aspirational Ghanian portraits, is a gem. Shot over a weekend in a studio in Hackney, with backdrops painted by Daniel David Freeman and Mischa Notcutt's styling. "We lay on the floor painting the images for weeks", Cieron told us over email. "It's all a bit wonky – a good marriage between David's drawing style and Yannick's music". The track is out in January, featuring on a Domino-released EP called The King Of Anxiety, while Cieron is working with Roundel and TFL on a film about London Youth.