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Sweden’s Little Dragon possess such a plethora of ideas and talent, it feels like they molt a layer with each release. Their 2007 debut was soulful, jazzy and offbeat, and 2009’s Machine Dreams moved into electro/trip-hop territory, with Yukimi Nagano’s vocals a shade more sinuous and supple. Ritual Union takes a harder turn into electro-pop, with beds of crackling, pulsing synthesizers and crispy percussion underlying Nagano’s mostly plangent vocals. The title track has a cool urgency, with a finger-snapping snare beat and a faint, throbbing keyboard laying the perfect rhythm for a smooth shimmy. The tune segues into the brilliantly understated “Little Man,” a song rich with a silky, neo-soul liquidity. Tunes like those are the real stars: propulsive, sensuous rhythms are understated, stealthily embedding themselves in place of bold hooks digging in. The blinking, clattering “Nightflight” (which vaguely recalls the great ESG), the swinging, jazz-inflected “Shuffle a Dream,” and the slithery “Summertearz” possess a kind of narcotic appeal, demanding repeated listens that reveal more delights each time.

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I first fell in love with this band (actually their lead singer Yukimi) at Sonar Festival in Barcelona about 3 years ago and it's been a blossoming love affair ever since. This album is as melodic, catchy and heartfelt and a definite must buy. Beautiful music by beautiful artists for beautiful people. Enjoy!


I first hurd of her on a song gorillaz and I love this


Another beautiful album. It just sparkles.


Formed: 1996 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1996, this electronic quartet are comprised of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano (Vocals, Percussion), Håkan Wirenstrand (Keyboards), Erik Bodin (Drums), and Fredrik Källgren Wallin (Bass). The band debuted in 2006 with the "Test" single on the Scandinavian Off the Wall label, naming themselves after Nagano's nickname that she received for throwing tantrums while recording. The following year, Little Dragon signed with the larger British indie Peacefrog Records (Nouvelle...
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