12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth studio album by Sweden’s Little Dragon is exactly what it should be; Nabuma Rubberband follows the band’s trajectory from playful electro-jazz hinting at pop to its mirrored opposite. Their intoxicating brand of seductive electronic music tempers any commercial excess, resulting in a more accessible collection that's sophisticated and complex. Singer Yukimi Nagano has a jazzy soul feel that delivers a punch when needed (as on the lone hard-edged tune, “Klapp Klapp”), and, according to interviews, she unabashedly pays homage to the sultry side of Janet Jackson (Jackson’s “really slow stuff” makes “you feel like you’re floating,” she told Rolling Stone). Indeed, tracks like “Mirror” and “Pretty Girls” ooze with an '80s R&B velvety-ness that runs on the fumes of chillwave, but a hazy cloud envelopes ”Pink Clouds” and “Only One.” Janet’s brother Michael flavors some of the more pop-oriented songs like “Paris” and the strings- and fingersnap-flavored title track, while the subdued swagger of downtempo club music swirls through “Underbart.” Little Dragon aren’t afraid of the “P” word (pop); they’ve mastered the art of sifting it to save the finer parts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth studio album by Sweden’s Little Dragon is exactly what it should be; Nabuma Rubberband follows the band’s trajectory from playful electro-jazz hinting at pop to its mirrored opposite. Their intoxicating brand of seductive electronic music tempers any commercial excess, resulting in a more accessible collection that's sophisticated and complex. Singer Yukimi Nagano has a jazzy soul feel that delivers a punch when needed (as on the lone hard-edged tune, “Klapp Klapp”), and, according to interviews, she unabashedly pays homage to the sultry side of Janet Jackson (Jackson’s “really slow stuff” makes “you feel like you’re floating,” she told Rolling Stone). Indeed, tracks like “Mirror” and “Pretty Girls” ooze with an '80s R&B velvety-ness that runs on the fumes of chillwave, but a hazy cloud envelopes ”Pink Clouds” and “Only One.” Janet’s brother Michael flavors some of the more pop-oriented songs like “Paris” and the strings- and fingersnap-flavored title track, while the subdued swagger of downtempo club music swirls through “Underbart.” Little Dragon aren’t afraid of the “P” word (pop); they’ve mastered the art of sifting it to save the finer parts.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
300 Ratings
300 Ratings
Ruby Rosetta Pittman ,

Pure Love

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this album. Just pre-ordered. Hope they come to LA soon. Yukimi is my spirit animal. They deserve all the klapps!

Le Nenuphar ,

That Fragrant, Secret Place...Mmmmm!

Wow!! I listen to Yukumi and Little Dragon and I think...they must have been seriously meditating within some deliciously fragrant and peaceful space. They've emerged from some secret corner of musical creativity and sound that taps into the "want" of many of their fans and those who are looking for something lush and luxuriously refreshing. With Nabuma Rubberband, I feel they have re-appeared to snap us all back to our deeper senses. Music doesn't have to be a banal, surface expression of beats sound and vapid or violent lyrics. Lyrics and vocals that bark at the listener is so passe...It's nice to know that there are artists around that make music that can still speak to your spirit and lift it from the dark of pop mediocrity and status quo. My faves are basically the whole album, Special attention to Mirror, Pretty Girls, Cat Rider, Paris, Killing Me, Pink Cloud, Let Go,

Lovesmusicfromtv ,

Hip hop lover in love

This group is amazing I heard one song and them downloaded all of their albums. If you haven't heard their music you are truly missing out on an amazing musical Experience.

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