How Janet Jackson Inspired Little Dragon’s ‘Nabuma Rubberband’

By Jamilah King May 13, 2014

Little Dragon’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, "Nabuma Rubberband," is out today. I’ve written before about how the Swedish electronic band’s latest project was inspired by South African Kwaito, but here’s another influence: Janet Jackson.

The album artwork features a small child floating above a cityscape, an image that draws from the Janet Jackson slow jams [lead singer] Yukimi used to listen to wandering around Gothenburg during the unrelenting winter," according to Rolling Stone. Here’s more:

"When you put some of Janet’s really slow stuff on you feel like you’re floating," Nagano said. "That feeling really influenced me and maybe that’s why there are quite a lot of slow jams on the record. In the past we’ve been a bit self-conscious about making slow jams after ‘Twice.’ Then we wanted to make dance music which we did with Machine Dreams and then Ritual Union still had a dance vibe, but with this album it wasn’t about that. The intention was about whatever we felt strongly about." 

Read more over at Rolling Stone. And, while you’re at it, listen to this album stream: