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Sunday, 26 September 2010

All about Little Dragon...

From Dog Day Press:
“Machine Dreams is a step into a world of multi-hued musical possibilities” 4/5 Mojo
“Superb second album… it’s magic” Dazed & Confused
“It’s not easy to pull off cerebral dance music… everything shimmers beguilingly”
Sunday Times
“One listen to Machine Dreams confirms that beneath the sweeping, scattershot electronic/analogue approach, Little Dragon’s heart beats faster than ever”
4/5 Mixmag
“Twisted electronic pop” 4/5 DJ
“Machine Dreams sees Little Dragon ditch their former ways in favour of a taut electro funk which falls somewhere between the nightmare electronics of Fever Ray and prime Prince… The result is an album packed with highlights that will light up the summer nights”
Music Week
“Like Hot Chip partying with Madonna… Machine Dreams hovers this close to genius”
8/10 Clash

The hugely in-demand Little Dragon announce their new single ‘Blinking Pigs’ on 1 November. This year has seen the Swedish band rise to meteoric levels of credibility, with artists and producers from Damon Albarn and David Sitek requesting collaborations, to great effect – Pitchfork said the band’s work with Gorillaz tracks ‘Empire Ants’ and ‘To Binge’ are “two of the most arresting things here; they’re airy, elusive and amazingly beautiful” – and lead singer Yukimi Nagano has appeared on Sitek’s acclaimed Maximum Balloon project due for release in September. Add to this high praise from such luminaries as Big Boi (who was recommended them by none other than Dr Dre) P Diddy, Wendy & Lisa, DJ Shadow and The Bug…. Little Dragon are clearly visionaries that are proving quite the flame for these idiosyncratic moths!

New single and live favourite ‘Blinking Pigs’ will prove to be their crossover moment as it fuses all that they do best. What seemingly opens up as a slinky and percolating electro pop moment, soon gives way to a chorus that burrows deep under the skin. Maybe this is why Damon is so smitten?

B-side exclusive is a remix of ‘Never Never’ by SBTRKT (who will be supporting Little Dragon at their Koko show) that keeps the loose fabric of the song but attaches a dub laden undercarriage of epic proportions. It is a superb bookend to his recent work on Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ & M.I.A’s ‘XXXO’ and easily one of the remixes of the year.

As well as headlining Koko on 23 September, Little Dragon will be appearing with Gorillaz on their worldwide tour throughout October and November 2010.

Little Dragon UK Dates:
Thu 23 Sep London Koko £14.50 www.seetickets.com
Fri 24 Sep Birmingham HMV Institute £10 www.seetickets.com
Sat 25 Sep Brighton Coalition £12.50 www.seetickets.com
Tue 28 Sep Glasgow Sub Club £9.20 www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Thu 30 Sep Manchester Riot Jazz £7 www.skiddle.com

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