Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths Jose Gonzalez and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon.
Featuring radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick Kallgren (bass) and HÂkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon stepped into the spotlight with the release of their first double A-side single on Peacefrog "Twice/Test". A former Rough Trade "Single of the Week" and universally hailed as a masterpiece of free thinking soul, according to One Week To Live.
Born and raised in Gothenburg to a Japanese father and American mother, Yukimi says, 'I grew up listening to American folk because of my Mom, but I've always had an affinity for R'n'B.' Meanwhile, keyboardist HÂkan spent his childhood in the deepest, darkest woods of Smaland before moving to Gothenburg, hearing a lot of Swedish folk music, later getting into electronic and synth music. Erik grew up hearing early hiphop and jazz. From time to time we have had to get side jobs, Yukimi sighs, 'but weíd rather stay broke, so we can concentrate on the band.' Their true vocation can be in no doubt based on this divine debut offering.
Yukimi has sung with Sweden's electronica-jazz outfit Koop, and both Yukimi and Erik play live with Jose 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.'
However, what unites these disparate influences is an undeniable swing and lightness of touch, braced with bass heaviness, borne from the intuitive connection between the band members that epitomises Little Dragon's music. Unwilling to stick to definitions or reasons for why Little Dragon is what it is, Yukimi offers effusive and illustrative impressions, which is as good a way as any to understand this very special band.
'Maybe Little Dragon is a city, she muses. 'Blue traffic-lights, fast food-signs, neon, love, loneliness, technology in a city reflected in the middle of a vast ocean. The music juxtaposes tradition and intense knowledge of musical tools, with destruction, invention... blazing a new trail. I like to think of our music as dreamy, but not always in a pleasant way. Some songs are emotional and some more free and naive.'
Catch a quick interview with Yukimi and Erik during Rock En Sein
6 Music's Rebel Platlist has selected Little Dragon's 'Sunshine'. So get voting!
Little Dragon's self titled debut album is now re mastered, repressed and available in stunning translucent grey vinyl.
Little Dragon hand over a mix for the Hype Machine 2011 Blog Zeitgeist
A photo diary of Little Dragon's recent UK tour, with a few holiday snaps thrown in for good measure!
Yukimi is Elle Magazine's (Belgium) look of the week!
Little Dragon live in session at Belgiums premiere radio station.
On the 10th of November, Art Vinyl will once again launch its search for the most exciting record sleeves of the year. And everyone can cast his or her vote...
Rough Trade East In-store in Association with Clarks Originals- LOIUSE & THE PINS / LITTLE DRAGON - Friday 25th November, 7pm
Un petit live enregistré dans les studios de radio France Inter.
A small live recording in the studios of Radio France Inter.
BBC tonight at 23.50 or catch Tuesdays live performance again
Catch Little Dragon's debut appearance on the new series of Later with Jools Holland on BBC2 Tuesday 20th and repeated Friday 23rd September 2011
Annie Mac talks to Erik from the band and plays the radio edit of the new single 'Little Man'!
Little Dragon France Info interview + 2 live tracks broadcasted on August 2nd
Can you spot the difference between the digital and physical versions of our album?
“You guys wanna hear a club classic?”
High school buddies and bandmates from Gothenburg talk to us about being musical slaves, going on tour and their upcoming release Ritual Union
Buy a ticket to Little Dragon's show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on
Sunday, 04 December 2011, along with a copy of their new CD, 'Ritual
Union', and save yourself £3.99.
*Ticket only also available
Following the amazing 22 in the Official UK charts, the bands critically acclaimed third album debuts at 78 in the Billboard Top 200
If you missed Friday's Little Dragon sunset session in Ibiza with Annie Mac you can catch it here - only 4 days left to listen...
Annie Mac kicks off Radio 1's 12 hours of dance, live from Ibiza with guests Little Dragon, Example, 2 Bears, Skream, and Calvin Harris.
Feisty frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is the fire-breathing, front-flipping first lady of Little Dragon, a Swedish, synthpop buzz word band with bare style and substance in abundance.
Following the release of Ritual Union on Monday 25th the bands hotly anticipated third album debuts as 22 in the Official UK Charts!
Listen to Annie speak to Yukimi in preperation for their appearance in Ibiza.
Incoming to Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow & Brighton in late Novemeber and December.
reviewed by Reef Younis
Little Dragon's "Ritual Union," Esquire's song of the moment, is an occasion to consider the influence of an artist who, until recently, has had very little
With more positive press running over the weekend we're pleased to announce the long awaited follow up to Machine Dreams is available at all good record shops and digital platforms now!!
Little Dragon Fresh off Stage with Edith Bowman on Radio 1
6 Music session and interview
Little Dragon: Dance-Pop With A Spark
Band to Watch: Little Dragon Charms With Dreamy Electro-Pop
Canada's national entertainment monthly rates Little Dragon as the second most anticipated release this summer!
Little Dragon on the BBC's coverage at Glastonbury
Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 1 phoner with Yukimi from Little Dragon
Ritual Union 20 in Spin's influencial listing.
Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano: The "Hot Complex" Gallery, Video & Interview
On the 21st May, some of Europe's leading Independent labels will get together for a unique event in the heart of London's Soho
BBC 6 Music interview the band at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton
Catch live versions of 'Blinking Pigs' (Machine Dreams) and 'Summertearz' from the forthcoming Ritual Union album.
Little Dragon selections on RBMA Radio
Little Dragon Perform “Ritual Union” on Jimmy Fallon
Pitchfork stream new album tracks 'Nightlight'
Little Dragon are live on the Nike Women Facebook page.
2011 will start where 2010 left off as Little Dragon continue there love affair with North America.