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Little Dragon are a Swedish electronic music band from Gothenburg, formed in 1996. The band consists of Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion), Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards).

Little Dragon
Little Dragon Red Wall Snap.jpg
Little Dragon in 2010. From left to right: Erik Bodin, Yukimi Nagano, Fredrik Källgren Wallin, Håkan Wirenstrand
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres
Years active 1996–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website little-dragon.net
Members
  • Yukimi Nagano
  • Erik Bodin
  • Fredrik Källgren Wallin
  • Håkan Wirenstrand

Little Dragon's first release was the double A-side seven-inch vinyl single "Twice"/"Test", released on the Off the Wall label in 2006. The following year, the band signed with the larger British independent label Peacefrog Records and released their eponymous debut album in August 2007.[8] Their second album, Machine Dreams, was released in August 2009, and gathered favourable reviews. The third album, Ritual Union, was released in July 2011 and was ranked at number 41 on Rolling Stone list of the 50 Best Albums of 2011.[8][9] Clash placed it at number 31 on its list of The Top 40 Albums of 2011.[10]

The band's fourth studio album, Nabuma Rubberband, was released in May 2014 by Because Music and was met with critical acclaim. It received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The band's fifth studio album, Season High, was released on 14 April 2017.

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HistoryEdit

Little Dragon formed in 1996 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Yukimi Nagano was in her first year in high school when she met seniors Fredrik Wallin and Erik Bodin. The three of them would meet up after school to jam and play records by De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Alice Coltrane.[11] The band's name was inspired by the "Little Dragon" nickname Nagano earned due to the "fuming tantrums" she used to throw while recording in the studio. "It's a little exaggerated, but there is some truth in it", Nagano said. "But we've grown up a bit, and I realised you can't have a fit every day because otherwise you won't be able to stand each other."[12]

Little Dragon has toured throughout Europe and has also made music videos for the songs "Test", "Twice", "Constant Surprises", "After the Rain" and "Fortune". The video for "Twice" was directed by award-winning Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm. The double A-side single "Fortune"/"Blinking Pigs" was released in the UK on 26 January 2009. The band's song "Twice" has been featured in the television shows Grey's Anatomy,[13] 90210,[14] Revenge,[15] The Vampire Diaries,[16] and Being Mary Jane,[17] as well as in the 2010 independent drama film I Will Follow (which also features the band's song "Scribbled Paper") and the 2013 psychological thriller film Magic Magic.

Little Dragon was chosen as one of Beyond Race Magazine's "50 Emerging Artists" in late 2009, resulting in a spot in the publication's 11th issue as well as an exclusive online Q&A on the magazine's site.[18] On the recommendation of his wife, Damon Albarn invited Nagano and her bandmates to feature on Gorillaz's 2010 album Plastic Beach, appearing on the tracks "Empire Ants" and "To Binge".[11] Albarn then asked Little Dragon to join Gorillaz on their Escape to Plastic Beach Tour.[4][11] In September 2011, former keyboardist Arild Werling rejoined the group on support keys during live performances.[19]

Little Dragon's fourth studio album, Nabuma Rubberband, was released on 12 May 2014 in the United Kingdom via Because Music and on 13 May in the United States via Loma Vista Recordings.[20] The album was inspired by Janet Jackson's slow jams.[3] "Klapp Klapp" was released as the album's lead single.[20] The second single, "Paris", debuted on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 programme on 8 April 2014.[21] Nabuma Rubberband received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[22]

The band's fifth studio album, Season High, was released on 14 April 2017 by Loma Vista Recordings. It has spawned the singles "High" and "Sweet".[23]

MembersEdit

  • Yukimi Nagano – vocals, percussion
  • Fredrik Källgren Wallin – keyboards, bass guitar
  • Håkan Wirenstrand – keyboards
  • Erik Bodin – drums

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
SWE
[24]
AUS
[25]
BEL
(FL)

[26]
IRE
[27]
FRA
[28]
NZ
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
US
[32]
US
Dance

[33]
Little Dragon
Machine Dreams
  • Released: 17 August 2009
  • Label: Peacefrog
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Ritual Union
  • Released: 21 July 2011
  • Label: Peacefrog
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
47 91 22 78 4
Nabuma Rubberband
  • Released: 9 May 2014
  • Label: Because
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
44 125 84 118 33 61 14 24 2
Season High
  • Released: 14 April 2017
  • Label: Because
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
173 5
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix albumsEdit

  • Nabuma Purple Rubberband (2015)[34]

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Best Of (2014)[8]

Extended playsEdit

  • Twice Remix EP (2008)[35]
  • Blinking Pigs (2010)[36]
  • Ritual Union EP (2011)[37]
  • Little Man EP (2011)[38]
  • Amazon Artist Lounge (2014)[39]
  • Klapp Klapp / Paris Remixes (2014)[40]

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peaks Album
UK
[31]
"Test"/"4ever"[41] 2006 Little Dragon
"Twice"/"Test"[42] 2007
"Constant Surprises"/"Scribbled Paper"[43]
"Recommendation"[44] 2008
"Fortune"/"Blinking Pigs"[45] 2009 Machine Dreams
"Feather"/"Stranger"[46]
"My Step"[47]
"Runabout"[48] 2010
"Nightlight"[49] 2011 Ritual Union
"Ritual Union"[50] 76
"Little Man"[51]
"Sunshine"[52] 2012 Non-album single
"Klapp Klapp"[53] 2014 Nabuma Rubberband
"Paris"[54]
"Let Go"[55]
"High"[56] 2017 Season High
"Sweet"
"Peace of Mind"[57]
(featuring Faith Evans)
Non-album single
"Sway Daisy"[58] 2018 TBA
"Best Friends"[59]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Wildfire"[60]
(SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon)
2011 SBTRKT
"Scale It Back"[61]
(DJ Shadow featuring Little Dragon)
The Less You Know, the Better
"Light"[62]
(Odesza featuring Little Dragon)
2015 In Return
"Bullets"[63]
(Kaytranada featuring Little Dragon)
2016 99.9%

Other charted songsEdit

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peaks Album
FRA
[28]
"Pretty Girls" 2014 172 Nabuma Rubberband

Guest appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"If You Return" 2010 Maximum Balloon Maximum Balloon
"Thom Pettie" 2012 Big Boi, Killer Mike Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
"Descending" Big Boi
"Higher Res" Big Boi, Jai Paul
"Wanderer" 2015 None Welcome to Los Santos
"The Festival" Mac Miller GO:OD AM
"Minerva" Billion One Minerva[64]
"Bullets" 2016 Kaytranada 99.9%
"Take a Chance" Flume Skin
"Drawn" De La Soul And the Anonymous Nobody...
"Stuck with Me" 2018 Tinashe Joyride

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director Ref.
"Twice" 2007 Johannes Nyholm [65]
"Test" Unknown [66]
"Constant Surprises" 2008 Fredrik Egerstrand [65]
"Fortune" Hideyuki Katsumata [67]
"Swimming" 2009 Yusuke Nagano [68]
"After the Rain" François Vogel [65]
"Runabout" Unknown [65]
"Looking Glass" [65]
"Never Never" 2010 Ulla Tomtom [69]
"My Step" 2011 Matthew Scheuerer [70]
"When I Go Out" Emanuele Kabu [71]
"Brush the Heat" Yusuke Nagano [72]
"Brush the Heat" (AVA remix) Eleanor Brown [65]
"Crystalfilm" 2012 Daniel Wirtberg [73]
"Sunshine" Dave Ma [65]
"Klapp Klapp" 2014 Taylor Cohen [74]
"Paris" Trevor Kane [75]
"Pretty Girls" Nabil [76]
"Underbart" Grant Singer [77]
"Mirror" 2015 Florian Joahn [78]
"High" 2017 Ossian Melin [79]
"Sweet" [23]
"Celebrate"
(featuring Agge)
[80]
"Strobe Light" Kristin-Lee Moolman [81]
"Peace of Mind"
(featuring Faith Evans)
Unknown [82]

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