Little Dragon from Sweden melt icy synth textures with warm-hearted pop. Live on stage at Movement 2011 in Detroit.
Featuring radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close highschool friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon’s debut single on Peacefrog was a Rough Trade ‘Single of the Week’ and widely hailed as a masterpiece of electronic soul. Yukimi has sung with Sweden’s electronica jazz outfit Koop, and both Yukimi and Erik play live with José Gonzalez. Erik also drums with Peps Perrson, a legendary Swedish blues/reggae artist. “We had an admiration for each other musically, and way before we defined ourselves as a band we were making music and hanging out”, Yukimi explains. “It’s like a family, and the band is our big passion. Little Dragon reminds you that when you’re really creating music, it’s like building a ship that will travel in a direction previously inconceivable”. After sharing the studio with the likes of Big Boi, Gorillaz, and SBTRKT, their latest full-length brainchild Nabuma Rubberband once again showcases their unique sound that takes as many cues from r‘n’b-leaning pop as it does from the icy ambiance of new wave.