Monday, May 25, 2009


Put A Record On: Little Boots Waves Her Hands
May 25th, 2009 | London

There is a wave of young, synth-playing, female solo artists sweeping through the UK. But amid this over-saturated demographic, Victoria Hesketh—aka Little Boots—is one of the best, brightest and most beautiful rising stars. Her brand of party-electro evokes a young Kylie Minogue and her irresistible debut Hands is set to make her a major star this summer—on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hesketh is no stranger to the limelight. She has a history of competing in televised talent shows and singing in rock bands, such as the now defunct Dead Disco. But it's as Little Boots, where she is allowed to indulge herself, that she truly shimmers. First single "New in Town" starts off with a quirky and confusing intro but quickly sets the album's tone with its sing-along chorus. The video—shot by Jake Nava, of Beyoncé, Britney and Kelis fame—sees her dance through the streets of downtown Los Angeles in a Thriller-era Michael Jackson way.

The rest of Hands neither disappoints nor surprises. Little Boots is a happy-go-lucky party girl and the music mirrors her personality. Partly produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, the album contains serious lyrics, such as in "Hearts Collide," but Hesketh also feeds her corny side with lines like "You're the night to my day, and the left to my right" on "Symmetry." The result is a winning formula, so don't be surprised if you end up following her song "Stuck" by leaving Hands on repeat.

Hands is out now, more info at

—David Hellqvist

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