Little Boots was quite good.
Here’s the just released video for ‘New In Town’.
It’s not really what I was expecting and I’m not sure it really works. Why are there homeless people dancing? Why’s she not in a lot of the shots etc? I did see her at the Camden Crawl yesterday though and it made me think she is ace again. It’s easy, because of the world in which ‘we’ live, to suddenly turn on her, but to most people she’s a brand new proposition and that needs to be remembered by a lot of media people banging on about her (myself included).
I do however how no explanation for why this is the 1st single, no matter how much it’s grown on me, and not the much more awesome ‘Mathematics’.
Little Boots sang:
Kid Cudi wrote:
SO IM WATCHIN THIS VIDEO FOR THE 20TH TIME AND I KNO WHY I FUCK WITH IT SO MUCH. THE WAY SHE SINGS IT, THE WAY THE PIANO SOUNDS, IS HOW IT FELT TO ME WHEN I CAME UP WITH THE MELODY. IN MY HEAD IT SOUNDED LIKE A SYMPHONY, I HEARD IT IN ORCHESTRA FORMAT LOL. THIS LIL BOOTS VERSION PAINTS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW SAD I WAS AT THAT TIME IN MY LIFE. IT SETS THAT MOOD PERFECT. THIS IS HOW DAY N NITE WAS MEANT TO SOUND, MOODY AND SAD. BUT I DIDNT WANT IT TO BE SO DEPRESSING, WHICH IS WHY WE GAVE IT A WHOLE NOTHER FEEL, WITH A MORE UPLIFTING VIBE. BUT THIS IS PERFECT, ITS THE “REAL” DAY N NITE. HOW U WERE MEANT TO HEAR IT, SAD.
That nearly made me cry! Someone get them a room…
As part of her Automatic Lovers tour in November, Little Boots slung on a keytar and covered a mid 80s synth storm by Freddie Mercury. Called ‘Love Kills’ it teamed the iconic singer up with lord of the keyboard Giorgio Moroder.
In the continuing awesomeness of Boots, this has now been properly recorded up as part of the Buffet Libre DJs next covers project which will be unleashed on New Years Day. I’ve also just received an album promo and am gleefully playing ‘Mathematics’ and it’s brilliant lyrics over and over again.
Get Love Kills here
In one form or another, I’ve been banging on about Little Boots since 2005 featuring her old band on cduk.com, getting ‘Stuck On Repeat’ played on Radio 1 and generally pimping her out to any media outlet I possibly could. Now, signed to a major deal on Atlantic Records, and appearing on this week’s Jools Holland, 2009 will no doubt be her year.
As part of a feature about new female popstars I worked on for Attitude with gaypop, I interviewed Victoria for the mag and here it is. FYI my other selections for the main feature were Lady Gaga, As In Rebekka Maria and Janelle Monae.
Little Boots is as small as Kylie. She’s also going to be just as big. Her mission statement is to create epic disco pop and from what we’ve heard, she’s the best thing to come out of Blackpool since Chris Lowe put on his tight yellow sweater.
We first met ‘Boots, or to give her her real name, Victoria, as part of glamourous Leeds indie band Dead Disco back in 2005. Like an evil version of Girls Aloud, their super catchy tunes, and Victoria’s presence as a frontwoman was incendiary. Despite getting signed up to a major label she decided to go solo late last year, waved goodbye to the illuminations, headed to East London and leaked her first song onto the internet. This was the suitably epic ‘Stuck on Repeat’ and almost immediately bloggers fell in love. Produced by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, it was 7 minutes of pulsating disco euphoria peppered with sleigh bells and a hypnotic vocal that got world class DJs like Pete Tong straight on the phone.
But Victoria didn’t want to rush things. As we talk to her in the middle of London Fashion Week, she’s hungover from her very first live performance in front of friends in her studio last night. Instead of getting straight on the road, she’s been writing her debut album with the likes of Greg Kurstin and Pascal Gabriel and learning to DJ. Arriving in London she was skint and after learning to spin some tracks in a pub, she went out as tour DJ for the Wonky Pop Tour and now finds it hilarious that people are flying her to America to play gigs as some amazing electro DJ .
But back to ‘Stuck on Repeat’. Coming out properly now as a single in November, it’s the song that really introduces the concept of Little Boots, even if the album itself is filled with shinier pop songs. Sounding like it’s fallen out of the stars, it reveals Victoria’s obsession with space, unicorns, crystals and the cosmic disco sound of the late 70s and early 80s. Citing people like Dee D Jackson and Klaus Nomi as influences, Victoria isn’t prepared to do things by halves. “Everything has to be epic. I don’t like twee DIY stuff, Kate Nash singer songwriter vibes just isn’t my bag. I’d rather try and do something ridiculous, that ends up being funny. Anything Studio 54 inspired works. My hair’s in braids, there’s glitter, it’s just epic. That said I don’t just want to be the one in the wacky outfit.”
Epic certainly seems to be where it’s at when Victoria tells us about her live show. As well as geeking it up with lots of synths, a Theremin, stylophone and an amazing Tenori-On she’s also got lasers, smoke machines and fake wolves and owls with eyes that light up! Planning to make the shows as extravagant as possible once the money starts rolling in, the dream is to travel up to space and do a gig with Richard Branson in orbit. Obviously!
But don’t worry if you think we’re getting hung up on someone so cool that you won’t be allowed into her gigs unless you’re wearing the right brand of glittery eyeshadow. Victoria’s dream is to be “massive, massive, massive, massive”. Despite being heralded as part of the blogeratti, she adamant that she’s not arsed about the critics. “I hate all that hipster stuff, it means nothing. I don’t give a shit if idiots in London that reckon they’re super cool don’t like me.”
Victoria’s wild imagination means we have no idea what might happen next. But we’re sure whatever it is, ends up being epic. “I just want to make amazing pop songs”, she claims with a glint in her eye. “Whatever anyone says about manufactured pop, it’s rubbish. The people who write pop songs are so talented and there’s no special magic formula to get it right. It’s just a myth. Writing pop music is the most challenging but also the most enjoyable thing I can do.”
Watch Little Boots on this week’s Jools Holland doing a very melancholic version of ‘Stuck On Repeat’.