As a longtime fan of the Swedish-synth group Little Dragon, I have been patiently awaiting the release of new material from the band … and by patiently, I mean constantly searching the web every day for new songs. Well, earlier this month my patience was finally rewarded. Little Dragon released the first single off of their upcoming album Nabuma Rubberband. The song is aptly titled, “Klapp Klapp,” and can only be described by one simple phrase, holy shit. Right off the bat “Klapp Klapp” gets you up and ready to dance your heart out. The song opens up with a rhythmic clap that is finally broken by a War of the Worlds tripod-sized bassline that sets the stage for Yukimi Nagano to do what she does best, get those goose bumps going. “Klapp Klapp” does a great job of bringing together genres that in most cases would never meet. Everything from tribal percussion to lofty synths meet on this song to create one of the best songs of the year, so far (I know it’s only February).
All production and qualities aside, the lyrical content of the song is phenomenal, but what else would you expect from a group so prolific as Little Dragon? It’s easy to get caught up in the music of “Klapp Klapp” and miss the underlying story within the track. But if you take the time to listen, and not only hear the song but see the story as well, the track gets taken to a whole new level. Nabuma Rubberband will be the follow up to the group’s 2011 effort, Ritual Union, and is set to be released on May 13 via Republic Records. Check out the link below to see the groups recently released video for “Klapp Klapp.”