LIT­TLE DRAGON Nabuma Rub­ber­band

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Long­time ad­mir­ers of Lit­tle Dragon’s stately, slow-burn­ing pop will have seen main­stream ap­peal ap­proach with ev­ery re­lease. Thank­fully, there comes a time when tal­ented acts – even ones in thrall to at­mo­spheric, slo-mo, wist­ful grooves – will reap their re­ward. Such is how things have un­folded for these Swedes, es­pe­cially af­ter a wash of pro­file-en­hanc­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Go­ril­laz, DJ Shadow and SBTRKT, mean­ing that Nabuma Rub­ber­band is set to raise their boat. Lit­tle Dragon’s lush, beau­ti­fully drilled tex­tures have al­ways made the most of Yakumi Nagano’s voice, but its emo­tional punch and soul­ful blur works re­mark­ably well here on Paris and Pretty Girls. There’s lit­tle new to what Lit­tle Dragon are do­ing – the usual de­scrip­tive ad­jec­tives such as “shim­mer­ing” ap­ply – but there’s a re­fresh­ing con­fi­dence and co­he­sion to the al­bum which binds the whole thing su­perbly. soundcloud.com/ lit­tle­dragon

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