Introduced by Lauren Laverne.
New song, y’all, and it’s something very, very special. Little Dragon performed “Killing Me” and “Klapp Klapp” live at BBC studios yesterday, for Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music show. Follow the image …
(Oh, there’s an interview with the gang in there, too.)
Lauren: Your voice is just incredible.
Hakan: Thank you.
Little Dragon are in talks with music labels as they plan to record their fourth album. Since the release of their last offering Ritual Union, they have parted ways with Peace Frog. Along the way they have collaborated with the likes of DJ Shadow, Gorillaz and more recently Big Boi from Outcast.
Yukimi Nagano has told 6 Music News they are relieved to be free agents at this point and going forward she explained: “We are definitely set in our minds that we are not going to compromise anything now.
“If we get to a position where we actually can afford to pay creative people for their work, not ask people to do things for free, that’s where you think to yourself, ‘Well, now let’s do something really creative where we can do it in the right way’. We’re in a beautiful position where we can have a bit of a choice and talk to people.”
This summer they are set to play shows around the world at Sonar in Brazil, Lovebox in London and the band will also be supporting the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in America.
Listen to more of the interview with Yukimi Nagano and drummer Erik Bodin speaking to 6 Music’s Adrian Larkin by clicking here.
This is very exciting. I get to update you all regarding a televised performance. The lowdown? Little Dragon – the band we all love so very much – will feature on Later with Jools Holland on BBC this coming Tuesday, September 20. They’ll play alongside show headliners Snow Patrol, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Duke Spirit, Roy Harper, and Emeli Sande. Little Dragon look to be second on the bill, so it’s conceivable that we may even see three full songs performed on the extended version of the show later in the week. Expect at least two songs, however. What two would you like most to see?
Download: BBC Radio 6 Music With Lauren Laverne
2. Ritual Union (Live recording)
4. Little Man (Live recording)
Little Dragon have been on the press junket recently while in England and we’ve got a lot more recorded and a lot more to come, but for now we’ve got the .mp3s of an interview and performance on Xfm with John Kennedy, as well as a very nice interview between Fred, Yukimi and BBC Radio 1’s Edith Bowman.
Xfm London 104.9
1. Interview Part I
2. Little Man (Live Performance)
3. Interview Part II
4. Ritual Union (Live Performance)
5. Interview Part III
BBC Radio 1 With Edith Bowman
1. Interview Part I
2. Interview Part II
Here’s a video from Friday’s set at Glastonbury, thanks to the BBC. The vocal echoes are insanely exaggerated – or is it my speakers? – but aren’t they getting even better these days? Was that possible? Hopefully more videos will surface.
From BBC Radio 1: Streaming link. “Gilles had Yukimi Naganu from Little Dragon on the phone discussing beards and the new album!”
The interview, guided by long standing fan Gilles Peterson, begins at around 00:52:00. Importantly, the studio version of “Summertearz” is played at the beginning and sounds sensational – almost an exact replica of the live versions we’ve been hearing for quite some time now. Yukimi spoke about her collaboration with Raphael Saadiq, calling it a “huge thing” – and briefly spoke about how rare it is to be resting at home. Regarding the new record, Yukimi felt that Ritual Union was a departure from Machine Dreams, Gilles expressed his belief that it was a “brilliant” record. Yukimi said the album felt “unplanned” and “intuitive”, soulful yet experimental.
There were jokes about facial hair thrown about before “Brush The Heat” was given another radio airing. Yukimi then spoke of her “2011“/technological collaboration with SBTRKT (pronounced as subtract for anyone who wants to know). Yukimi said she wished she could call it an amazing experience, but really it was just swapping audio files back and forth, expressing their ideas essentially through the medium of file sharing – a very modern approach lacking intimacy. Before finally saying their goodbyes the DJ had one final thing to say: “Best elements of both first two albums mixed into one.”