Little Dragon I-D session now live
Unleashing their eighth single and third album earlier this year, Gothenburg four piece Little Dragon have been about for a bit. Despite always upholding an excellent standard of play, only recently have audiences begun to take a vested interest in them. Making music which is representative of where they are at and what they are up to, Yukimi (vocals), Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards) have been mates since high school. Creating laid back electonic tracks, all written whilst the crew were hanging around down town and growing-up, the Dragon’s staccato, upbeat sound is amusing, entertaining and experimental. Crafting summer beats perfect for lazing or raving, Little Dragon’s choruses are infectious, underlaid by progressive, infectious riddims and led by Yukimi’s yummy, soulful vocals. The daughter of two open-minded parents, growing up heavily influenced by her mother’s love of playing piano, Yukimi possesses the kind of stage presence that feels entirely personable and full of personality. She sweats, she smiles and man, can she wail.
Now signed to Peacefrog and heavily backed by every credible critic out there, Little Dragon have collaborated with an eclectic array of artists, including SBTRKT, TV on The Radio, Jose Gonzalez and Gorillaz. Probably somewhere over the Atlantic right now, the band are in the middle of an international tour which takes them from San Fran to Poland, over to Sweden, back to Belgium across to Australia before bringing them back to Old Blighty. Blimey. Selling out the majority of gigs they book, eternally upbeat even when up against it, the band won over the Boiler Room crowds at Corsica a couple of weeks back and their latest release ‘Ritual Union’ has secured itself a place on every credible mixtape and playlist over the past couple of months. i-D online took time out with Yukimi to chat past, future and present victories. Unleash the dragon.