Victoria Hesketh, otherwise known by her stage name Little Boots, is the real deal. Like many of her electropop lady colleagues, she rocks out among synthesizers, 1980s-inspired beats, and the occasional DJ gig at a posh nightclub. But after we sat down with her here at MC, we came to realize that her musical prowess — electropop or not — extends far beyond the likes of her talent mixing beats in a booth.
Take her debut album Hands, which was released in June of 2009 and hit No. 5 on the UK Albums chart not long after. Her tunes have a distinct disco vibe to them, a grooviness to which that you can't help but dance (even if it's just in your desk chair, which we've been doing all week). The album features subtle dance tunes — no dubstep for this singer-songwriter — but definite dance tunes nonetheless. And at the heart of her song's melodies and structures is disco at it's finest; music that, as she explained, makes us "want to dance, but also to be in love."
That said, America is sure to fall head-over-heels in love with Little Boots come spring, if they haven't already. Her second album Nocturnes drops on May 7, and we couldn't have pre-ordered it any faster. In January, one of Nocturnes' tracks "Motorway" leaked online and Little Boots fans have been listening on-repeat ever since. It's an understated, almost haunting tune that incorporates all the goods of a classic LB song (genius and thoughtful songwriting and lyrics, among them).
Listen to "Motorway," here:
And here's "New In Town" from Hands, another personal favorite of ours: