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She wears her headphones at the disco apparently and after last month’s delve into her new material with ‘Every Night I Say A Prayer’ (previous Video of the Moment here), this upbeat dance track is just what was needed to re-whet everyone’s imaginations for Little Boots.
Since the international success of her June 2009 debut album ‘Hands’ demanding touring schedule, Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has emerged from her Dead Disco and DIY bedroom-artist days into one of pop’s shining figures, whilst still maintaining an appeal to the underground. Now she’s back and readying her second album for release. So what does ‘Headphones’ give away about the direction she’s gone in?
Well, from the off, it’s got funk. That bass line alone shouts out to times long gone but gladly not forgotten. The tune’s desperately catchy and that’s all before you get to the chorus. “I wear my headphones at the disco and nobody ever has to know / I wear my headphones at the disco and when the music stops then you’ll hear me singing la la lalala” sings Little Boots. It’s got everything a good pop song needs without resorting to the cheap tactics of autotune, guest appearances for hit counts or even taking that much of a step away from what made ‘Hands’ such an enjoyable record. It’s doubtful whether this will set the charts alight, but it’s got that kind of vibe that should push it across the airwaves all summer. Time to press repeat again…
‘Headphones’, the new single by Little Boots, was made available digitally starting last Sunday (the 3rd of June). An EP including the original and four remixes will follow on the 16th of July on 679.
Dry the River‘s singer and guitarist Matthew Taylor was kind enough to answer our Quickfire Questions ahead of their appearance in Wales at students’ festival Beach Break Live this summer. You’d never guess what late singer he was obsessed with. (At least we never would have thought it for a moment!) And what album he’d bring to have a party with in heaven. Read on…
1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Mum had ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous by Michael Jackson’ on vinyl and I used to rotate them – just play them back to back constantly, and try and do the dance routines in our living room. I still do that sometimes.
2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Either ‘Dirty Diana’ or ‘Smooth Criminal’. I was obsessed, I made my mum make me his costumes.
3. What song makes you laugh?
‘The Clap’ by Yes. Ridiculous. So long.
4. What song makes you cry?
‘Philadelphia’ or ‘Words (Between The Lines Of Age)’ by Neil Young.
5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ by Steppenwolf. I remember cruising around in my cousin’s car when he passed his test, talking endlessly about girls with these tunes blaring out of the sub we bought from Halfords.
6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I can’t really think of any music that makes me feel angry about anything in particular – maybe just anger towards the music if it’s bad! I find if I need to calm down I’ll put on ‘Agaetis Byrjun’ by Sigur Ros – that will do the trick. It blisses you out.
7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Climax’ by Usher, or ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin – I wish I’d written that riff.
8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
This changes all the time! At the moment I am obsessed with the songs of Townes Van Zandt. I listen to him every single night. His writing is so pure and his voice has so much conviction, it blows my mind. He had some big problems, and you can hear how bad they are in the songs…it gets pretty dark, but it’s amazing music.
9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I shudder to think! I didn’t know what to do other than music when I was growing up. I even studied it at uni… Pete would be in medicine, Sill would maybe be a theologian, but I think me, Scott and Jon would be recording dodgy math-rock jams on an 8-track somewhere…
10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I’d say ‘OK Computer’ or ‘Harvest’, but everyone else will bring copies of them…so perhaps I’d bring ‘Loud’ by Rihanna in case we want to have a disco at any point.
After a busy festival season, Dry the River will head out on a UK tour in October and November – all the details are here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 6th June 2012 at 6:00 pm
Here is the new promo video for the Temper Trap‘s ‘Trembling Hands’, the second single off their second and confusingly self-titled album out now. Both album and single are out now on Infectious/PIAS. Going back to the video, it seems tailor made for the Olympics, does it not? Courage, determination, heart – it’s all here. Whether you’re an athlete or in whatever line of work you do, you need all three of these to succeed.
We were so pleased to have the Aussie band headline our stage at Liverpool Sound City this year; a full report on the festivities will follow on TGTF soon. In the meantime though, read our interview with guitarist Lorenzo here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 6th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
I’m squeeing inside just typing up this post…
As many of you know, I just love the Crookes. But what song was the first of theirs I ever heard? Well, it was ‘Backstreet Lovers’, of course. I couldn’t not videotape it when I finally got to see them live, so here it is for your enjoyment as well.
Sometimes even the finest songs can wilt under the pressure of overfamiliarity. Joy Division’s most popular work ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ has surely suffered the fate of one too many earnest DJs attempting an easy bit of reflected cool by giving the doom-laden Mancunians another airing. Thankfully for fans of the song, Revere have recorded a spanking new acoustic version with none other than the legendary Malian kora player Toumani Diabate.
The song is transformed into a delicate acoustic piece, its dynamics turned from a stark, nihilistic edge-of-sanity documetary, into a lush, nihilistic edge-of-sanity documentary. There’s harp, cello, that blowy thing with a keyboard sounding better than ever before, and of course the 21-string African kora, which fits perfectly into the arrangement as if it always belonged there. Truly that rare thing, a cover version which genuinely adds extra complexity whilst revealing the true beauty of the original.
Revere are an epic septet from London – their enormous sound has inevitably been compared with Arcade Fire, and with good reason – there’s nothing the Canadians can do that these lot can’t do just as well, whether it be a bombastic vocal or a beautiful orchestral backdrop. There’s hints of Baltic folk, nods to John Barry, and with any justice they should be just as much household names as the Radioheads or Muses of this world.
Currently running a Pledgemusic campaign to raise funds for the follow-up to their self-recorded debut ‘Hey! Selim’, the aforementioned Joy Division cover can be downloaded from their pledge page in return for the small effort of signing up to their mailing list. Their epic live show can be sampled at this year’s Standon Calling, taking place 3-5 August.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 6:00 pm
Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.
Last year James were busy touring with a full orchestra and choir, but lest us not forget this little song released on Rough Trade in 1989 (yes, 1989…my eyes were agog when I saw the date). Is it about drugs? Depression? Finding God? For sure, it’s the kind of song you’d probably feel most at home singing along whilst drunk, swaying to the beat surrounded by your similarly inebriated mates in the pub. Props to Tim Booth et al.