As an artist I have been following for the past year, Little Boots hasn't once fallen off my radar, or my iPod playlists. Boots, née Victoria Hesketh, is an English electropop songstress and chanteuse. Her stellar debut album, Hands, has been out for the better part of a year in the U.K. (and it's made a big splash). And I got my hands on a copy through the wonderful-but-expensive process of an import, because, as it usually goes, the album wasn't available in the U.S. Until today.
Now you can purchase the album at your local retail store or digitally through iTunes. Hands brings a great mix of electronica and pop that isn't as harsh as what Lady Gaga has been delivering for the past two years. It's Boots' airy vocals and instantly singable melodies that set her apart from the other electropop divas like Gaga. Where Gaga attacks you with her over-the-top avant-garde fashion and brash lyrics about "disco sticks," Boots creates danceable hits with top-notch production with a futuristic, albeit accessible, aesthetic.
Little Boots, a DJ herself, focuses on the technical side of the electronica, carrying around a Tenori-On (a Japanese touchscreen beat processor, shown in action below.)
Being very much in the YouTube generation, Little Boots posted a lot of her creative process on the streaming video site. Like her first use of the Tenori-On (above) and debuting a lot of songs from her record or recording covers of songs that she has been listening to. It's an interesting part of being an artist in the internet age.
The Tenori-On is even featured in one of her music videos for "Remedy," the best, most commercial track from the record, produced by Little Boots and RedOne:
I'd expect this track, and all of Little Boots' singles to be on your radio soon. The record is an absolute pop explosion.
Hands is (finally) out now. Pick it up today and jam out to some of the best electronic pop, worldwide.
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