Critically-acclaimed electronic band Little Dragon have announced their new EP ‘Opening The Door’, set for release on 16 September via Ninja Tune. Alongside the announcement is their new single “Frisco” – a bouncy minimal dance track about “renewal, letting out your full potential and moving with the wave of change and life.”
The EP also features “Stay”, a collaboration with respected East Atlanta rapper JID (signed with J. Cole’s Dreamville label who has previously collaborated with the likes of Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, 6LACK, Ella Mai and Method Man). “We found out JID was a fan of our music and so started listening to his,” explain the band. “The feeling quickly became mutual. His writing and singing is so sharp and creative we had to ask him to be on a track! The result is a sultry track that muses on the tribulations of being in a long term relationship, showing your vulnerability and expressing your wishes to keep dreaming and growing with that person.”
A second collaboration, and final track on the EP, comes in the form of “Peace”, an ethereal, rhythmic song which features the acclaimed Swedish musician Stefan Sandberg, who contributes flute to the track. Speaking about the release of the EP, the band said: “‘Opening The Door’ represents being brave and moving forward into the unknown. Endless possibilities and embracing uncertainty. We have so much new music to share, and it feels like we are finally opening the door and releasing it out from our bubble and into the universe! ”
The EP follows the release of recent singles “Drifting Out” (a triptych comprising three takes on a central track, with contributions from Kelsey Lu and renowned cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jakob Koranyi), “The Other Lover” (a collaboration with Moses Sumney), and the release of their ‘New Me, Same Us’ Remix EP which featured the likes of Midland, Octo Octa, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ela Minus and many more.
Their most recent album ‘New Me, Same Us’ was released on Ninja Tune in 2020 and lauded by the likes of the New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Mixmag, Crack Magazine and many more. Entirely self-produced and recorded at the pioneering Swedish band’s studio, ‘New Me, Same Us’ saw the band go back to basics, falling back in love with their instruments: drums, bass, keyboards, harp, guitar and voice, to produce some of their most focused and best music to date. The album hit #5 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in the US, with Mixmag calling it “a futuristic record bursting with lush textures and elevated by lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s sublime vocals,” and the Guardian finding them on “on deliciously soulful form.”
The band’s hugely popular and highly regarded live performances have spawned a decade-spanning touring career, including festival highlights such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and more. While the global pandemic put touring on hold, the band also joined NPR Music for an intimate Tiny Desk (Home) Concert filmed at their long-term home-built studio in Sweden.