Young The Giant cover Gorillaz & Little Dragon’s “Empire Ants”

You may remember that recently a visitor to this here site, the lovely Lynn Yang, provided us with some wonderful shots from Little Dragon’s Mulberry show in New York. Well, Lynn has now highlighted this cool cover of Gorillaz & Little Dragon’s “Empire Ants” by Young The Giant, who are a California rock band.

(Note: Video cannot be viewed outside of the US and there are currently no YouTube links available. If you’re in Canada you can view it using this link, however.)

“Although Irvine, California-based rock outfit Young The Giant has been well known for a little while on the indie circuit, the band’s impressive performance on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards back in August undoubtedly increased their visibility among a broader crowd. Since that worked so well, MTV must have felt it was only right to bring the band back into the limelight through one of the network’s popular mediums. On Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. EST, fans can head over to to watch Young The Giant perform on one of MTV’s most famous music programs, MTV Unplugged. Included in the show will be acoustic renditions of songs off of the band’s self-titled debut album and a cover of Gorillaz’ “Empire Ants,” the original of which features Little Dragon and can be found on the animated music group’s third album, Plastic Beach. To hold fans over until the show airs, Young The Giant’s string section-backed Unplugged cover of “Empire Ants” is now available for viewing. Check it out above.” Source.

Who have Little Dragon collaborated with?

Off the top of my head, here is a list of collaborations between Little Dragon and other artists. One must take care to know that many songs with the note “feat. Yukimi Nagano” were, unfortunately for us and the other artist, vocal work only and not a case of collaboration. Foolish on their part as they clearly had no idea the wonders they had at their disposal, but such is life. So, let me know what I’ve missed out on as I’m sure I have.

GE-OLOGY – Blues Alley (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
GE-OLOGY – Longin (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Gorillaz – Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
Gorillaz – To Bing (feat. Little Dragon)
Hird – Love Again (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – I Love You My Hope (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – Fading Blues (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – Keep You Kimi (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Jafrosax – Drawn 2 U (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Jose Gonzalez – The Nest (co-written by Yukimi Nagano)
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature LP (Bodin on percussion, Nagano on backing vocals, Wirenstrand on synth)
Koop – Summer Sun (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – I See A Different You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – Whenver There Is You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – Come To Me (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Maximum Balloon – If You Return (feat. Little Dragon)
Raphael Saadiq – Just Don’t (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
SBTRKT – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
Shuya Dkino – Pieces Of You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Sleep Walker – Wind (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Sleep Walker – Afloat (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Swell Session – The Music In Her Eyes (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Swell Session – Gone (feat. Yukimi Nagano)

Future possibilities: Big Boi, and DJ Shadow.

The Jerusalem Post speaks to Erik Bodin

Ther Jerusalem Post interviewed Erik Bodin this week and we’ve got the link to the full article below. Erik talks Gothenburg, Gorillaz, touring with José González, and Yukimi’s undoubted charisma.

“Little Dragon proves to be the tantalizing exception amid the barrage of 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s oldies shows showering down on Tel Aviv clubs and arenas. The electro-indie band from Gothenburg, Sweden, may not be a household name, but their star is rising around the world thanks to their bright take on dance music and a high-profile boost from another buzz band – Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtually animated Gorillaz.”

“”Gothenburg is similar to Glasgow, where I am right now – cold, rainy and sleepy,” said Bodin. “You have a lot of time and privacy to go into a bubble and do your own thing. There are a lot of bands, but in general the music scene there is more about people hiding out inside, like we do, and making their own music in an effort to deal with the boredom.””

Read the full article here. (External link.)