La Maison Noir/The Black House Image
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  • Summary: The six-track mini-LP for the noirwave pioneering artist features guest appearances by Danny Brown, Rha! Rha!, and Saul Williams.
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  • Record Label: Redeye Music Distribution
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative R&B
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Oct 16, 2018
    80
    Its six anthems burn with Ilunga's desire to prove himself, and the years he spent refining Noirwave paid off: His vision of a proud pan-African culture is in clearer focus and more relevant than ever.
  2. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    It doesn't have the polish of 2015’s La Vie Est Belle, but is more daring in its exploration of its diasporic soundscapes.
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    78
    Music has a way of conjuring a sense of intimacy between listener and artist, and La Maison Noir weaponizes that rapport without dismissing it. Noirwave may not be a movement but it is a force.
  4. Oct 16, 2018
    75
    It may not be perfect but it's another solid release from a project that even after all these years still has plenty of promise coming from all sides.
  5. Dec 6, 2018
    70
    Through linking his own struggles with others across borders and time, Petite Noir discovers that through dislocation community can be created. As the visual album comes to a close we are presented with the images of a baptism, of a renewal, that can only come from struggle.
  6. Oct 16, 2018
    60
    The opening three numbers shine, showing a refreshing sound bursting at the seams with positivity, but the lack of variety means that, by the end, you may feel slightly bludgeoned by it all.
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