Little Dragon were musical guests on Xfm London 104.9 tonight, and, as well as being interviewed, John Kennedy played three tracks from their forthcoming third album, including two not yet heard in the shape of “Please turn” and “When I Go Out”.
“Brush The Heat” was played first by John Kennedy before speaking to the band (Yukim and Erik) about how they work on music and the collaborations they have been part of during the last couple of years. This played out as the prelude to a wonderful live performance of “Little Man” in the studio before comments from everyone on Yukimi’s drum free-styling. (By the way, Hakan is back after a slight absence.)
A break then occurs before the show returns with a world first (I believe) play of “Please Turn”, which is as bizarre as it is beautiful and intense. A kind of crazy, 8-bit mash-up – think Sega-Mega-Drive with soul – which is without doubt the loudest thing they’ve created. Yukimi then speaks with John about her newest lyrics, the DJ calling them her most “powerful”. Yukimi explained the title track “Ritual Union” as a “skeptical look on love”. The band then proceeded to perform “Ritual Union”. Before ending the show with another world first play, this time of “When I Got Out” (specifically chosen by Yukimi), the band said they would be returning to the UK in the fall (autumn) for shows.
I have this recorded, but just need to separate the files. I’ll have it uploaded (the interview and live performances only) tomorrow, so look out for that.