10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Nocturnes, Little Boots (a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh) walks a fine line between the ‘90s grooves of St. Etienne and the 21st-century glitz of Lady GaGa. She does it with a cool finesse captured in gossamer-light vocals that never lose their teasing charm, even when her lyrics turn angry or wistful. The album’s sleek flow benefits from Hesketh’s recent gigs as a DJ, as well as from Tim Goldsworthy’s smart, incisive production. Built around an after-hours theme, Nocturne takes Little Boots from escapist fantasies (“Motorway”) through dance club romance (“Beat Beat”) and helpless surrender (“All for You”). There’s real venom (along with disco laser effects galore) in “Confusion,” as well as quietly desperate longing in “Strangers.” When she chooses, Little Boots can deliver inescapably catchy electro-pop gems like “Broken Record,” as well as sultry, Madonna-esque ballads, such as “Every Night I Say a Prayer.” She plays the role of club diva with authority (especially in the throbbing “Shake” and the swirling “Satellite”) yet never seems trapped in that role. Nocturne is a smooth yet subtle audio cocktail that will leave you dreamy-eyed after the dance is over.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Nocturnes, Little Boots (a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh) walks a fine line between the ‘90s grooves of St. Etienne and the 21st-century glitz of Lady GaGa. She does it with a cool finesse captured in gossamer-light vocals that never lose their teasing charm, even when her lyrics turn angry or wistful. The album’s sleek flow benefits from Hesketh’s recent gigs as a DJ, as well as from Tim Goldsworthy’s smart, incisive production. Built around an after-hours theme, Nocturne takes Little Boots from escapist fantasies (“Motorway”) through dance club romance (“Beat Beat”) and helpless surrender (“All for You”). There’s real venom (along with disco laser effects galore) in “Confusion,” as well as quietly desperate longing in “Strangers.” When she chooses, Little Boots can deliver inescapably catchy electro-pop gems like “Broken Record,” as well as sultry, Madonna-esque ballads, such as “Every Night I Say a Prayer.” She plays the role of club diva with authority (especially in the throbbing “Shake” and the swirling “Satellite”) yet never seems trapped in that role. Nocturne is a smooth yet subtle audio cocktail that will leave you dreamy-eyed after the dance is over.

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About Little Boots

Little Boots formed in 2007 as a solo vehicle for Victoria Hesketh, the ex-lead singer/keyboardist of English dance-pop outfit Dead Disco. Hesketh's first single under the new pseudonym was "Stuck on Repeat," an infectious club hit produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard that arrived on limited-edition 12" white-label vinyl. Released in early 2008, it was followed in August by the limited-edition 7" "Meddle," again produced by Goddard with help from Greg Kurstin of the Bird and the Bee. Little Boots' full-length debut, Hands, arrived in 2009 and peaked at number five on the U.K. albums chart. It was followed later in the year by the Illuminations EP. Hands arrived in the United States on March 2, 2010 and she embarked on a U.S. tour -- including an appearance at Coachella -- to promote the album stateside. In 2011, she put out a mixtape entitled Shake Until Your Heart Breaks and took to DJ'ing the material at clubs worldwide, and a year later another mixtape, Into the Future, appeared. Hesketh's second full-length record, Nocturnes, was released in 2013 and featured production from a host of guests, including Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and Hercules & Love Affair's Andy Butler. In 2014, Hesketh delivered the the EP Business Pleasure, featuring the single "Taste It." That song and several others from Business Pleasure also appeared on 2015's full-length Working Girl, which included collaborations with Ariel Rechtshaid, Grades, and Com Truise. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    May 4, 1984

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