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May 9, 2014 6:59 pm

Little Dragon: Nabuma Rubberband – review

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Swedish synth-pop quartet Little Dragon glides confidently into the sodium-lit world of nocturnal R&B on their new album, all flickering urban beats, shimmering electronics and singer Yukimi Nagano’s mesmerising vocals.

“Mirror” has a seductive languor but real bite too, Nagano’s breathy tones (reminiscent of her fellow half-Swede, Neneh Cherry) telling an eerie tale of doubleness, complete with the sound of a mirror shattering: “You know you’re making me mad, the way you’re looking at me so.” At the other end of the album, “Let Go” achieves an ambivalent kind of release, with beats pulsing like passing motorway lights and a slow jam coiling around Nagano.

“I’m just driving along/Don’t want ever to stop,” she sings, haunted by a mysterious absence: “You disappeared all of a sudden/But where?” This sleek, enigmatic album gets under your skin.


Little Dragon

Nabuma Rubberband

(Because Music)

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