Tue May 12 2009
Photograph: Courtesy of Elektra Records
(Le) Poisson Rouge; Mon 18
England’s latest electropop It girl, Little Boots—25-year-old Blackpool native Victoria Hesketh—started out like countless other aspiring electropop It people: by posting videos of herself playing no-frills cover songs on YouTube. (Check out Hesketh’s sweet rendition of Hot Chip’s “Ready for the Floor,” which eventually led to her working with that band’s Joe Goddard.) Now, a little more than a year after she began attracting eyeballs online, she’s preparing for next month’s U.K. release of her debut full-length, Hands. Produced by Greg Kurstin of the Bird and the Bee (other clients of Kurstin’s include Lily Allen and Britney Spears), the disc is being hailed by the British press as the second coming of Kylie Minogue. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Internet!
Here in the United States, where Kylie spent the decade-plus between “The Loco-Motion” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” in relative obscurity, Little Boots is more of a cult concern. But Hesketh is working hard to change that: Earlier this year she played Perez Hilton’s SXSW showcase, and on June 9 she’ll issue a U.S.-only EP called Illuminations that includes both “Stuck on Repeat,” her first buzz-building single, and “New in Town,” her killer new future-disco jam. Tonight she’s at (Le) Poisson Rouge as part of DJs JDH and Dave P’s indie-electro Fixed party, so expect a highly sympathetic audience—perhaps the smallest one she’ll play to for some time.—Mikael Wood