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House Playlist Little Dragon, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, & the Vaccines

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House Playlist: Little Dragon, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, and The Vaccines
House Playlist: Little Dragon, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, and The Vaccines

Little Dragon, “My Step.” This electro-pop bubbler is nestled between two drawn-out—and perhaps better—songs from 2009’s Machine Dreams, the second LP from Swedish quartet Little Dragon, whose new album is due this spring. But while those neighboring tracks unspool for close to five minutes each, “My Step” glides with tireless purpose, tracing an enigmatic path in just over three minutes. Singer Yukimi Nagano’s delivers her surreal stanzas with a succinct detachment. By the time she’s chiming about “tropical times” at the song’s chorus, the track has shifted from a prickling dance pulse into a frosty synth-grumble. With “My Step,” Little Dragon seesaws from bright to heavy textures, yet Nagano never gets sucked into the drama. Instead, she sets the tone around which the group constructs its dynamic ebb and flow. Sean Ryan