It's hard to deny that Petite Noir has been making some pretty interesting if not wholly unique music for the last few years. From his debut release 'Till We Ghosts' in 2012 to his new six-song mini album, La Maison Noir, he has had a playful way of distorting and reshaping various kinds of music with just enough familiarity to keep you wondering but never enough to actually put your finger on.

His self-created "noirwave" genre, which also doubles as a philosophy and a progressive social movement, celebrates freedom and creativity. Which is appropriate considering his new mini album La Maison Noir picks up where 2015's La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful left off, feeling like a massive block party where numerous styles from experimental and new wave to electro, Afropop, and trip-hop all rub elbows.

Although his music is designed to be difficult to pinpoint, it's ironically easily summed up with descriptors like busy, colorful, energetic, curious, celebratory, political, and spiritual. And it's all of those at once. It's uplifting, demanding of your attention, and is never short of energy.

On 'R E S P E C T' a bell clatters from behind the pitter-patter of percussion and the stinging bursts of drum pads to create a dizzying groove, and the ridiculously catchy 'Blame Fire' starts things off with a propulsive beat doused in rippling bent synths that sets the bar high for the rest of the album. Another standout comes from the otherwise hazy 'Beach' which comes the closest to being a relatively straight-forward song that's also comparatively calmer than everything else here with the exception of the nervous energy pouring out from Danny Brown's frantic and over the top (but predictably excellent) verses which keep things lively.

Everything bursts with energy, positivity, and ideas and the only real drawback is it feels at times as if there are almost too many of those things stuffed into a single song. Despite just missing the 30-minute mark, La Maison Noir eventually begins to suffer from fatigue as if it were suffering burn out from its own relentless momentum.

Still, music like this works in the kind of short bursts its birthed from, offering a caffeinated rush of positivity and celebration that acts as the perfect antidote to an increasingly hopeless feeling world. 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.