A new album by Sweden's finest band “New Me, Same Us”, released 27th March on Ninja Tune with new single ‘Hold On’ out now and paving its way.
The forthcoming LP is self-produced and recorded at their long-term home-built studio in Gothenburg as the band head back to their instruments: drums, bass, keyboards, harp, guitar and voice, to produce some of their most focussed and potentially best music to date.
The first single, is a message about breaking away and moving on. “it started out as a slik house track” explain the band, “but transformed once Fred played the bass through it and we all worked it together. It became something raw and soulful. It’s a simple groove that makes us dance. We can’t wait to play it live as it will likely change shape again”
Having played together since their school days in Gothenburg (where they’d meet up afterwards to jam and listen to records by artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Alice Coltrane), the band is fronted by enigmatic and much-loved vocalist Yukimi Nagano, with multi-instrumentalists Håkan Wirenstarnd and Fredrik Wallin on keyboards and bass respectively and Erik Bodin on drums and percussion. “New Me, Same Us” represents another chapter in the continuing evolution of Little Dragon, finding new direction in their unique style of unhurried, off-kilter r’n’b, pop and electronics, they sound as rejuvenated and energised as ever. The record also finds them in a reflective mood: Yukimi’s distinctive vocals musing on transitions, longing, and saying goodbye. “We are all on our own personal journeys,” they say, “full of change, yet still we stand united with stories we believe in, that make us who we are.”
For a band who are proudly left-of-centre and fiercely protective of doing things on their own terms, they have achieved no shortage of mainstream recognition. Grammy nominated for 2014’s “Nabuma Rubberband”, Little Dragon have long been seen as one of the most sought-after groups to work with.
Chalking up an enviable list of collaborators throughout the years, working with equally groundbreaking artists like BADBADNOTGOOD, Gorillaz, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Flume, Kaytranada, Big Boi (who was first put on to the band via fellow Outkast member André 3000), De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Tinashe, Mac Miller, Future, Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans and more.