Little Dragon in Esquire in the US

There are no guitars in Little Dragon's "Ritual Union." Driven instead by a snare drum and the fluttering of synthesized burps and bubbles, the song is what happens when a modern band builds something new out of the American soul tradition, embracing highlights instead of merely aping it (e.g., the overly polite and, oddly enough, also guitar-free, Motown-by-the-numbers "MoneyGrabber" from Fitz & the Tantrums). Or perhaps we're simply hearing an outsider's perspective on R&B: Little Dragon are Swedes led by a Swedish-Japanese-American frontwoman, Yukimi Nagano. Or maybe we're hearing bits and pieces of what they've learned working with high-profile, eccentric collaborators like Gorillaz, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, ?uestlove, and Raphael Saadiq. If somebody were to ask you what Little Dragon sounds like, your only reasonable answer would be Prince. (Despite the lack of guitars.)

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