WATCH: "Wildfire" from SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon
SBTRKT is a musician/producer from London who began his career as a DJ in the east London club Plastic People. He's remixed songs for Radiohead, Basement Jaxx, MIA and Underworld— to name a few. Little Dragon is a Swedish electronic band consisting of front woman and singer Yukimi Nagano (who is Swedish-Japanese), and her close high school friends Erik Bodin, Fredrik Källgren Wallin, and Håkan Wirenstrand. So who are they to you?
New York DJ, rapper, and Boombox host Cazwell has been following both SBTRKT and Little Dragon for a long time, telling fans they needed to check these guys out. Now they're taking the US music scene by storm, and if you haven't heard of them, you will very soon.
Out magazine interviews Little Dragon in the new November issue and author Jason Lamphier says the band is, "a cocktail of funk, R&B, nu-jazz, lo-fi electro, and trip-hop" and it will "strike a chord with fans of Prince, Tricky, and the Eurythmics ... They sound retro-futuristic, like an interpretation of what 2065 will be like from the mind of a sci-fi director circa 1982. Their last two records, Machine Dreams and this year's Ritual Union, exhibit both chilly detachment and sultry charm. The songs have a steady pulse, yet their synthesized twists and turns and jam-band breakdowns mean that a hook rarely settles in without a little work on the listener's part."
Recently Little Dragon performed at New York City’s Terminal 5 to a packed house, but none of the partiers seemed to mind their claustrophobic surroundings. Out.com described Nagano as radiating "heat waves right from the show’s opening song (a standout track called "Looking Glass" from the album Machine Dreams). She seamlessly and strategically embodied different masters of the art throughout the show: she was both jazz legend Anita O’Day and disco maven Sylvester. Pet Shop Boys and Janis Joplin. And all the while she effortlessly served the band’s signature song stylings perfectly, and at a piping hot temperature."
Needless to say, these guys are amazing. Check out their video from this week's Boombox Exclusive Videos section.
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