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Artist: Little Boots
Hails From: Blackpool, England
Musical Style: Electropop, Electronica, Alternative/Dance
For Fans of: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Lady Gaga, Hot Chip
Why you should check her out:
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Little Boots is quickly emerging as a queen of dance floor hooks. Her collection of finely-crafted, Electropop tunes are rife with super-saccharine earworms, earning her a spot on Esquire Magazine’s list of “60 Brilliant Brits for 2009.”
At the tender age of five, Blackpool, England-born Victoria Hesketh lobbied her family for a piano. Her kindly uncle procured one from a local pub, and she’s been making music ever since. After competing—and losing—in the UK television show “Pop Idol” at 16, Hesketh served time as singer in a jazz trio before settling in with indie pop band Death Disco. She then struck out on her own after deciding she needed to follow her own dance-oriented electronic muse—and Little Boots was born.
Hesketh began posting her raved-up covers of artists like Wham and Miley Cyrus to YouTube and MySpace before recording her proper debut album, 2009’s Hands. Cavity-inducing hooks abound, combined with simple instrumentation and infectious grooves aided by the likes of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Greg Kurstin of The Bird and the Bee. Hesketh herself plays keyboards, piano, stylophone and the Tenori-on—a Japanese electronic instrument that looks like a Lite-Brite.
Little Boots is currently peddling her sonic wares and unicorn-fantasy-Dayglo imagery across the globe in a mind-bending tour set to tackle over 30 festivals this calendar year alone.