Biography

Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths Jose Gonzalez and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon.


Featuring radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick Kallgren (bass) and HÂkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon stepped into the spotlight with the release of their first double A-side single on Peacefrog "Twice/Test". A former Rough Trade "Single of the Week" and universally hailed as a masterpiece of free thinking soul, according to One Week To Live.


Born and raised in Gothenburg to a Japanese father and American mother, Yukimi says, 'I grew up listening to American folk because of my Mom, but I've always had an affinity for R'n'B.' Meanwhile, keyboardist HÂkan spent his childhood in the deepest, darkest woods of Smaland before moving to Gothenburg, hearing a lot of Swedish folk music, later getting into electronic and synth music. Erik grew up hearing early hiphop and jazz. From time to time we have had to get side jobs, Yukimi sighs, 'but weíd rather stay broke, so we can concentrate on the band.' Their true vocation can be in no doubt based on this divine debut offering.


Yukimi has sung with Sweden's electronica-jazz outfit Koop, and both Yukimi and Erik play live with Jose Gonzalez. Erik also drums with Peps Perrson, a legendary Swedish blues/reggae artist. We had an admiration for each other musically, and way before we defined ourselves as a band we were making music and hanging out, Yukimi explains. 'It's like a family, and the band is our big passion. Little Dragon reminds you that when you're really creating music, it's like building a ship that will travel in a direction previously inconceivable.'


However, what unites these disparate influences is an undeniable swing and lightness of touch, braced with bass heaviness, borne from the intuitive connection between the band members that epitomises Little Dragon's music. Unwilling to stick to definitions or reasons for why Little Dragon is what it is, Yukimi offers effusive and illustrative impressions, which is as good a way as any to understand this very special band.


'Maybe Little Dragon is a city, she muses. 'Blue traffic-lights, fast food-signs, neon, love, loneliness, technology in a city reflected in the middle of a vast ocean. The music juxtaposes tradition and intense knowledge of musical tools, with destruction, invention... blazing a new trail. I like to think of our music as dreamy, but not always in a pleasant way. Some songs are emotional and some more free and naive.'

Latest News

Little Dragon interview during Rock en Sein 2012 France - 12.09.2012

Catch a quick interview with Yukimi and Erik during Rock En Sein

Vote for Little Dragon's 'Sunshine' - 03.07.2012

6 Music's Rebel Platlist has selected Little Dragon's 'Sunshine'. So get voting!

The next release in our 20th anniversary series is live - 29.02.2012

Little Dragon's self titled debut album is now re mastered, repressed and available in stunning translucent grey vinyl.

Guardian live session - 10.01.2012

Little Dragon: Shuffle a Dream live session - video for the Guardian

Little Dragon's mix for the Hype Machine 2011 Blog Zeitgeist - 09.01.2012

Little Dragon hand over a mix for the Hype Machine 2011 Blog Zeitgeist

 

Stool Pigeon photo diary - 11.12.2011

A photo diary of Little Dragon's recent UK tour, with a few holiday snaps thrown in for good measure!

Yukimi featured in Elle Magazine (Belgium) - 08.12.2011

Yukimi is Elle Magazine's (Belgium) look of the week!

in session at Studio Brussels - 09.12.2011

Little Dragon live in session at Belgiums premiere radio station.

Vote for Ritual Union - 10.11.2011

On the 10th of November, Art Vinyl will once again launch its search for the most exciting record sleeves of the year. And everyone can cast his or her vote...

 

 

Rough Trade in store with a super Limited one off cassette - 06.11.2011

Rough Trade East In-store in Association with Clarks Originals- LOIUSE & THE PINS / LITTLE DRAGON - Friday 25th November, 7pm

Shuffle A Dream (Live session) - 21.10.2011

Un petit live enregistré dans les studios de radio France Inter.

A small live recording in the studios of Radio France Inter.

 

Later with Jools - 23.09.2011

BBC tonight at 23.50 or catch Tuesdays live performance again

Little Dragon on Later with Jools Holland - 14.09.2011

Catch Little Dragon's debut appearance on the new series of Later with Jools Holland on BBC2 Tuesday 20th and repeated Friday 23rd September 2011

Little Dragon interview on Radio 1 - 13.09.2011

Annie Mac talks to Erik from the band and plays the radio edit of the new single 'Little Man'!

Little Dragon France Info interview + 2 live tracks - 05.09.2011

Little Dragon France Info interview + 2 live tracks broadcasted on August 2nd

Little Dragon 'Seconds' - 03.09.2011

Can you spot the difference between the digital and physical versions of our album?

Little Dragon Gypsy Woman on Stereogum... - 17.08.2011

“You guys wanna hear a club classic?”

Little Dragon on Dazed Digital - 17.08.2011

High school buddies and bandmates from Gothenburg talk to us about being musical slaves, going on tour and their upcoming release Ritual Union

HMV exclusive bundle offer on Little Dragon's Ritual Union - 11.08.2011

Buy a ticket to Little Dragon's show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Sunday, 04 December 2011, along with a copy of their new CD, 'Ritual Union', and save yourself £3.99.
*Ticket only also available

Ritual Union #78 Billboard Top 200 - 06.08.2011

Following the amazing 22 in the Official UK charts, the bands critically acclaimed third album debuts at 78 in the Billboard Top 200

Little Dragon live in Ibiza with Annie Mac on Radio 1 - 08.08.2011

If you missed Friday's Little Dragon sunset session in Ibiza with Annie Mac you can catch it here  - only 4 days left to listen...

Little Dragon live in Ibiza! - 05.08.2011

Annie Mac kicks off Radio 1's 12 hours of dance, live from Ibiza with guests Little Dragon, Example, 2 Bears, Skream, and Calvin Harris.

Little Dragon I-D session now live - 04.08.2011

Feisty frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is the fire-breathing, front-flipping first lady of Little Dragon, a Swedish, synthpop buzz word band with bare style and substance in abundance.

Ritual Union hits 22 in the UK charts!! - 01.08.2011

Following the release of Ritual Union on Monday 25th the bands hotly anticipated third album debuts as 22 in the Official UK Charts!

Little Dragon BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac mini mix - 01.08.2011

Listen to Annie speak to Yukimi in preperation for their appearance in Ibiza.

Little Dragon announce UK tour dates - 29.07.2011

Incoming to Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow & Brighton in late Novemeber and December.

Little Dragon 'Ritual Union' 6 Music album of the day!! - 29.07.2011

Album three finds the Swedish electo-indie quartet rightfully breaking the mainstream.

reviewed by Reef Younis

Little Dragon in Esquire in the US - 26.07.2011

Little Dragon's "Ritual Union," Esquire's song of the moment, is an occasion to consider the influence of an artist who, until recently, has had very little



Little Dragon 'Ritual Union' out today! - 25.07.2011

With more positive press running over the weekend we're pleased to announce the long awaited follow up to Machine Dreams is available at all good record shops and digital platforms now!!

Little Dragon Fresh off Stage with Edith Bowman on Radio 1 - 14.07.2011

Little Dragon Fresh off Stage with Edith Bowman on Radio 1

Little Dragon on 6 Music - 12.07.2011

6 Music session and interview

Little Dragon song of the day on NPR - 18.07.2011

Little Dragon: Dance-Pop With A Spark

Little Draon featured in Rolling Stone (US) as one to watch - 29.06.2011

Band to Watch: Little Dragon Charms With Dreamy Electro-Pop

on Exclaim!'s 10 most anticipated albums this summer! - 25.06.2011

Canada's national entertainment monthly rates Little Dragon as the second most anticipated release this summer!

Glastonbury - 27.06.2011

Little Dragon on the BBC's coverage at Glastonbury

on the phone with Gilles Peterson... - 15.06.2011

Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 1 phoner with Yukimi from Little Dragon

SPIN - 24 Summer albums that matter most! - 09.06.2011

Ritual Union 20 in Spin's influencial listing.

Complex interview - 01.06.2011

Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano: The "Hot Complex" Gallery, Video & Interview

Independent Label Market: Berwick Street - 18.05.2011

On the 21st May, some of Europe's leading Independent labels will get together for a unique event in the heart of London's Soho

 

Litte Dragon on 6 Music - 16.05.2011

BBC 6 Music interview the band at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton

Live on Pitchfork TV - 21.04.2011

Catch live versions of 'Blinking Pigs' (Machine Dreams) and 'Summertearz' from the forthcoming Ritual Union album.

 

RBMA Radio - 15.04.2011

Little Dragon selections on RBMA Radio

Little Dragon on Jimmy Fallon - 22.03.2011

Little Dragon Perform “Ritual Union” on Jimmy Fallon


Pitchfork announce new Little Dragon album - 01.04.2011

Pitchfork stream new album tracks 'Nightlight'

Little Dragon and Nike - 24.03.2011

Little Dragon are live on the Nike Women Facebook page.

Announce new US tour dates! - 15.12.2010

2011 will start where 2010 left off as Little Dragon continue there love affair with North America.

Press Clippings

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Ritual Union - 25.07.2011

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Machine Dreams - 17.08.2009

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Twice - 27.08.2007

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Little Dragon - 27.08.2007

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When I Go Out

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