Archive for the ‘Little Dragon’ tag

SF rapper A-1 just dropped a hip-hop/sci-fi’ed out new video for his song, “The Ritual.” In a respectful way, yes the tune samples part of its hook from the Little Dragon song “Ritual Union.” But shit, that’s a damn good song to sample if you can get away with it. Beyond that, “The Ritual” is an honest, straight forward West Coast track full of Bay Area slang and is essentially the lead single off of A-1′s new mixtape, The Thurl Tape. And is Thurl just a truncated way of saying “thorough” in San Francisco? Yes it is.

my crush on yukimi nagano’s voice grows with each passing song. the little dragon singer leant her voice to “wildfire,” a dubby, funky track off the forthcoming self-titled album from UK electronic artist SBTRKT, and let’s just say the trend continues.

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SBTRKT, ft. yukimi nagano – “wildfire” (download)

watch little dragon play a great semi-new/unreleased song, “little man,” for yours truly about the “kinda comical” false consciousness of a middle class existence and having it all. it’s cool though, they’re swedish so they know what’s up. plus, when you have that voice, you can sing about anything and it’ll sound great. you can grab the mp3 by heading over to YT’s facebook and “liking” the song.

I’ve been bumpin Little Dragon on a regular basis ever since Wordlush put me on to them a couple of months ago.  This is their latest video, for the song “Never Never,” from their 2009 album Machine Dreams – definitely one of my top albums of 2009.

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It’s no secret that Swedish band Little Dragon is amidst a powerful U.S. tour. There’s a general feeling around the country that the talented intergalactic-electro-soul four piece is having a breakout year thanks to their sophomore album, Machine Dreams. It’s not like their self-titled debut wasn’t strong, but as always, most American audiences are coming late to the party. Regardless of that, Washington D.C.’s Supa Qool DJ Uncle Q just put together a mix that feels right on time with some rare songs, unreleased tracks, and guest spots featuring Little Dragon’s lead singer, Yukimi Nagano. And let’s face it, as awesome as Little Dragon is, it’s Nagano’s alluring vocals and singular presence that initially draws people to the band in the first place. We’re not nearly as intrigued about the three Swedes playing behind her, so let’s just get that fact out of the way.

I could write a ton more about her; how awesome her Seattle appearance was here a week ago, and how amazing it was to see a woman that channels Bjork, M.I.A., Grace Jones, and Nico on stage while still managing to just be herself, but I’d rather let the music speak for itself. You can download the project here, or if you’d rather listen first, and then download, hit up The Couch Sessions.

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I’m really not a fan of promoting projects that are attached to gimmicky marketing campaigns. It’s not that I’m totally against the merger of corporate branding and fresh music,  but when cigarettes or alcohol are being pushed, I usually don’t feel the need to promote said company any more than necessary.

So if you can ignore that this download is being brought to you by a vodka company, delight in the fact that they’ve got world renowned DJ Benji B picking the cuts that are included. If you listen to Benji’s show on BBC 1 Xtra you know he’s got a good ear for playing futuristic world grooves and is one of the better DJs in the U.K. bar none. On his latest podcast entitled Future Music Series#2, he’s got heat from Little Dragon (Sweden), Bei Bei (California), Martyn (Holland), Electric Wire Hustle (New Zealand), Yaw (Chicago) and several other artists that you probably wouldn’t expect.

You’ll hear some good features on the podcast also with guest appearances from Detroit’s Elzhi and California’s Georgia Anne Muldrow as well. Feel free to download it if you’re over 21. Since it’s being promoted by a liquor company, the podcast itself is for those 21 and up.