Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Late Pass Like What!!!: Little Dragon

I try to never judge a book or album by its cover. Usually its the cover that compels me to give an album a chance. So when I came across this interesting piece of cover art that looked like a cross between an early colonial era painting mixed with anime I was immediately intrigued. But I get so much music that sometimes it takes me a while to get around to actually listening to all of it and when I finally got around to pressing play on 'Little Dragon' I wanted to slap myself for not checking it out sooner. I mean this came out in 2007!!! Where the hell was I at?!!!

This is good music in it's purest form. Layered with complex production, melodic soulful lyrics, and instant head nodding tunes. I was urged to find out more about this group, and much to my surprise, although it shouldn't have been, I learned that these cats are from frakin' Sweden!!! And their soulful lead singer is Japanese!!! Like Dave Chappelle "I was fu*king shocked! If I didn't have a visual reference I could have sworn my girl Yukimi Nagano was a straight up Soul Sista! But in a way she is, just not that kind, not that there's anything wrong with that because this is good music and good music transcends all boundaries. And I heard from my homie from that other place called Birmingham SoulUK that they are releasing a follow up this year, can't wait for that!!!

I've said before that the acts from across ocean are killing it right now. And its a beautiful thing, there is so much good music in the world and if you keep open mind and ear you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a new talent that you've wished you've caught on to before but like they say, better late than never.

Little Dragon 'No Love'

Little Dragon 'Constant Surprises'

Purchase 'Little Dragon' from Amazon or iTunes


OpenID souluk1984 said...

I was late to the Little Dragon party too ... but so glad i got there in the end!

Some of this nu-soul/progressive soul/electro-soul (whatever!) can be a little bit too 'alternative' for my liking however Little Dragon get the balance just right!

Lets hope the follow up is released soon!

May 21, 2009 at 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yessir... Little Dragon has been out for a minute. Dope group

May 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Lasha said...

Electrifying! I'm completely sold on this group...and they came at the perfect time...just when I was getting ready to give up on music! I hope they continue making dope tracks....

July 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

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