Album Review: Lover Chanting [EP] by Little Dragon
Very Good, Based on 3 Critics
AllMusic - 70 Based on rating 7/10
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.
Little Dragon have been keeping busy since the release of their last studio album, 2017's Season High, collaborating with the likes of Faith Evans and BADBADNOTGOOD on varied singles. Their new EP, Lover Chanting, embraces dance music, inflecting it with R&B melodies and electronic production to create a fun, crisp trio of tracks, capped off with an edit of the title track.
Drummer Erik Bodin delivers the hook on "Lover Chanting" — "Do you wanna be my girl? I wanna be be your man" — atop an insistent beat. It's a new experience to ….
New Musical Express (NME) - 60 Based on rating 3/5
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.