Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

Ritual Union, the last album from the sharp, slinky Swedish pop group Little Dragon, was one of those records that gradually sneaks up on you, never quite smacking you over the head with how good it is until it’s a year later and you’re realizing that you still get its songs stuck in your head. That album came out back in 2011, and the Gothenburg group has just announced plans for its follow-up. The new album is called Nabuma Rubberband, and its first single is a tricky, fleshed-out groove called “Klapp Klapp.” Listen to it and check out the album’s tracklist below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Mirror”
02 “Klapp Klapp”
03 “Pretty Girls”
04 “Underbart”
05 “Cat Rider”
06 “Paris”
07 “Lurad”
08 “Nabuma Rubberband”
09 “Only One”
10 “Killing Me”
11 “Pink Cloud”
12 “Let Go”

Nabuma Rubberband is out 5/13 on Loma Vista. I’m weirdly excited to hear a song called “Cat Rider”; maybe it’s about He-Man?

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Comments (5)
  1. Good news! Though already a contender for worst album title of the year.

  2. From my perspective, I feel as though the music gods are rewarding me each new day for not following through with my New Year’s resolutions. New albums from Wild Beasts, St. Vincent, Liars, Little Dragon, the Horrors, Kevin Drew, and Damon Albarn are honestly enough new releases to get me through a year. But now that I’ve been spoiled, I’m almost certain that there are releases from Outkast, TV on the Radio, Interpol, and Radiohead in the not so distant future. I’m not the one who knocks…on wood, but I will just in case.

  3. duga  |   Posted on Feb 13th +2

    Freaking finally. Ritual Union is probably in my list of top 5 growers. I thought I didn’t like it at all but then suddenly found myself playing it over and over. I’m not sure if it ‘s better than their s/t but it’s way better than Machine Dreams.

  4. can’t wait. these guys are quietly becoming superstars. 5 years ago no one knew who they were but after the gorillaz + big boi collabs and the greatness that was ritual union, i’m expecting this album to do pretty well.

  5. This album is the best news I’ve heard all week! 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for music. (For me, at least :P)

    What with their relatively recent scene-stealing features on SBTRKT’s “Wildfire,” Gorillaz’ “Empire Ants,” and Big Boi’s “Thom Pettie” (to say nothing of Ritual Union, easily their most accessible album), Nabuma Rubberband could feasibly be their launch-pad into mainstream pop stardom. They certainly deserve it: they’ve put in the time and they’ve clearly got the talent.

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