It was anything, but amateur night on Thursday. The Grammy-nominated, Little Dragon brought a dreamy dance party to the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Xavier Omär opened for Little Dragon with a soulful set. Formerly using the moniker SPZRKT (Spazzy Rocket), Omär’s music has shift from a Christian hip-hop vibe to a sound rooted in R&B with strong vocals, soul, gospel and pop tendencies. On stage, he seduces the crowd with his deep crooning and tracks off of his recent album, The Everlasting Wave (released on October 14, 2016). Omär recently released singles “Afraid” and “No Way out” (featuring Goldlink).
The Swedish electronic group gained notoriety in 2007 with the release of their first album and hit single “Twice,” which also appeared on the 2008-2009 Season Finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Since 2009, the group has collaborated with Gorillaz, TV on the Radio, and Big Boi, and has released a total of five albums to date. Though the group came together in 1996, they still perform with the vigor and energy of a band fresh on the scene.
Backed by a diamond, reflective curtain and rainbow lights, Little Dragon cycled through hits off of past albums Ritual Union, Nabuma Rubberband and their newest EP. Frontwoman, Yukimi Nagano, danced in elaborate outfits and contorted her body to the music, while Fredrik Wallin (bass), Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards) and Erik Bodin (drums) anchored the stage. The crowd swayed to favorite tracks “High” and rocked out to “Push.” Half way through the set Nagano transformed from a windup- looking Victorian doll to a beekeeper dressed in red tulle and a black brimmed hat.
Little Dragon is performing at Made in America Festival in Philadelphia and MOMA PS1 in Long Island City before heading back to tour Europe. They released their most recent album, Season High, on Loma Vista Records on April 14, 2017.
Article: Alx Bear