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Bands to Watch #63: Little Boots

 
By on Monday, 5th January 2009 at 1:19 pm
 

Little BootsDisco queen, Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, is rapidly taking the music scene by storm with her sweet electro beats. She’s been labelled the British Kylie and Little Boots’ synth-based pop is certainly a Minogue chart contender.

Born in Blackpool, Hesketh has quite a colourful music past. She’s been a Pop Idol contestant, a former member of dance band Dead Disco and has recently blagged Joe Goddard of Hot Chip as her new musical producer. In fact Joe – who’s personal hits include Over and Over and and Ready For The Floors – is so fond of Little Boots that he’s hailed Victoria as the future of British pop. Quite a claim – but it’s certainly a worthy one. Little Boots has expressed her love for current chart pop, such as Sugababes and Girls Aloud, but she believes her music is injected with more personality. And Victoria certainly is a glittery character.

A particularly exciting thing about Little Boots is her use of a range of mystical instruments when creating her sparkly sounds – including the Dubreq Stylophone, made popular by the genius that is Rolf Harris, and a Tenori-O, a super cool LED switch based invention allowing for the creation of “visible music”. Check out Little Boots acclaimed kooky performance using said instruments, on Jools Holland, below:

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Little Boots is yet to release an album, although one is pretty much guaranteed out this year thanks to the critical acclaim she is currently lapping up – including a BBC Sound of 2009 nomination. In the meantime though, never fear, as you can purchase her digital, 3 track EP over at Amazon now for just £1.69.The EP includes the track you just saw Victoria performing, Meddle, and 2 other tunes – Stuck on Repeat and Love Kills. If you want to learn more about Little Boots in general, check out her MySpace here

 

Single Review: Sugababes – No Can Do

 
By on Thursday, 1st January 2009 at 12:36 pm
 

612151400_lI’ve been growing up with the latest Sugababes tracks since I was a little lad but a lot has changed since then with only one original member remaining (Keisha Buchanan).  Now not everyone is going to agree with me but I think the newest member, Amelle Berrabah, is the weak link in the current trio and previous singles have seen her flop a little.

However, the new track sounds a bit more like a classic Suugababes song and Amelle starts the track off in outstanding fashion displaying her great voice which has remianed hidden up until now.

The single is accompanied by a video that is purely an excuse to show lots of man flesh for the ladies but not even I can understand the bit where the men go around with lampshades on their heads!

The track has been widley linked with Jackson 5 due to its similarity in sound but “No Can Do” seems a bit bland. It is nothing compared to “Denial” and “About You Now” however it is a different style of track.

It would go well on an early album but it does not seem to have the passion that recent releases from the group have had.  It is not the best Sugababe track but it is not a flop and it is very welcome after the annoying cover of “Girls”.

 

Sugababes / new UK tour (UPDATED!)

 
By on Thursday, 15th November 2007 at 4:34 pm
 

SugababesThe Sugababes have announced details of a jaunt around the UK’s theatres and medium venues in March and April next year. The month long tour will see them play 20 nights around the country, though whether the girls can all stay together by the end of it is another thing!

The dates include one night at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale on Friday (October 19) at 9am. UPDATE: New dates have been added and are on sale now. New dates are listed below their already announced dates.

Thursday 13th March 2008 – Brentwood Leisure Centre
Friday 14th March – Brighton Dome
Sunday 16th March – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 17th March – Oxford New Theatre
Tuesday 18th March – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 20th March – London Royal Albert Hall
Friday 21st March – Derby Assembly Rooms
Saturday 22nd March – Portsmouth Guildhall
Monday 24th March – Carlisle Sands Centre
Tuesday 25th March – Newcastle City Hall
Wednesday 26th March – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Friday 28th March – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 29th March – Blackburn King George’s Hall
Monday 31st March – Bradford St George’s Hall
Tuesday 1st April – Manchester Apollo
Friday 4th April – Grimsby Auditorium
Saturday 5th April – Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 7th April – Sheffield City Hall
Tuesday 8th April – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 9th April – Leicester De Montford Hall

NEW dates:

Friday 11th April – Harrogate International Centre
Sunday 13th April – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Friday 18th April – Reading Hexagon Theatre
Saturday 19th April – Preston Guildhall
Monday 21st April – Bournemouth International Centre
Tuesday 22nd April – Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
Wednesday 23rd April – Cardiff Arena

 
 
 

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