HMV exclusive bundle offer on Little Dragon's Ritual Union
2011 saw Little Dragon start the year off with a headlining tour of the
U.S. and a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in March, thanks
to a recommendation from superfan Questlove of The Roots.
In May, Little Dragon appeared on the track “Just Don’t” from Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’, a record some are already calling the album of the year. Big Boi and DJ Shadow called to invite the group to work on new music.
This July they released Ritual Union, an album which finds futuristic trance like rhythms mixed with the soulful vibes of their debut LP colliding with the more upfront and danceable sounds of Machine Dreams. Lead single “Nightlight” sounds like a fevery hallucination in the dessert of sahara. “Brush The Heat,” is a dancefloor detonator with the most infectious cowbells since Jay-Z told us about his “99 Problems.”
While their recordings are always impressive, it is in the live setting where the Dragon really comes alive. As if straight out of central casting, every Little Dragon show seems to bring out an unlikely mix of hip-hop heads in fitted caps, ravers, stoners, hipster kids, hippies, old goats ,middles aged panthers and studious musician types. “I think that’s kind of ideal,” Yukimi says of Little Dragon’s eclectic fanbase. “That’s how, if I wished for a crowd, I would want it.” And no doubt, if that crowd could invent a band, Little Dragon is what they’d come up with.
AGE RESTRICTIONS Ruby Lounge, Manchester: Strictly 18+
Thekla, Bristol: Strictly 18+
Concorde2 Brighton: Strictly 18+
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