Release Date: Nov 9, 2018
Record label: Ninja Tune
Rather than lie dormant after the 2017 release of fifth album Season High, Little Dragon continued to crank out non-album singles well into 2018, including one-off collaborations with Faith Evans and BadBadNotGood. Synchronized for release on the weekend they appeared at Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, Lover Chanting -- the band's first release for underground stalwarts Ninja Tune -- maintained the productivity with three new songs. "Lover Chanting" itself is the closest Little Dragon have hewed to boogie, the midtempo and electronics-enhanced post-disco style of R&B perfected from 1981-1983.
The Swedish pop group makes an earnest bid to shake the 'band that does collaborations' tag - and, overall, it's mission accomplished Words: Ellie Desborough Little Dragon's first EP, and first offering since last year’s fifth album ‘Season High’, delivers loved-up synth-pop that wouldn't feel out of place at a modern-day '80s disco club night. Hailing from Sweden, the group have often been eclipsed by their own collaborators, the likes of Big Boi and Gorillaz. The opening title track, the record’s lead single, intertwines the vocals of Yukimi Nagano with drummer Erik Bodin, adding a playful narrative to the gentle house bop.