by Little Boots


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As the title suggests, Little Boots' 2013 release, Nocturnes, is a sultry, late-night, slow burn of an album that finds the British electronic diva building upon the anthemic dance-oriented sound of her 2009 debut Hands. Having carved out a niche on the increasingly crowded dancefloor amongst a gaggle of similarly inclined acts like Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Robyn, and Lady Gaga with such cuts as "Stuck on Repeat," and "Earthquake," Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots has found a more personal niche within the genre on Nocturnes. Subsequently, though still an infectious listen, Nocturnes is a surprisingly low-key affair. Tracks like "Strangers" and "Motorway," in which Little Boots fantasizes about jumping in her car and getting away from her troubles in a kind of road-trip catharsis, have an expansive, ambient quality that seems to reflect a more introspective mood. In "Motorway" she sings "Getting late, coffee's cold/Heavy eyes on the road/We won't stop, no we won't break/Shadows high overtake/The small town we left behind/It's not even on my mind." These kind of ruminative, evocative lyrics permeate the record, lending it a more subdued feel than one might expect from Little Boots' previous dance-heavy singles. However, there are still enough vintage-influenced dance sounds and winky, glitter-mascara moments to appeal to even the most camp-oriented club kid. To these ends, the house-influenced "Every Night I Say a Prayer" brings to mind Blonde Ambition Tour-era Madonna, and "Broken Record," with its pulsing Italo-disco beat and church bell accents, sounds like an ABBA club hit produced by Giorgio Moroder. Ultimately, if Hands was Little Boots' booty-shaking call to the dancefloor, then Nocturnes is the afterglow, post-party soundtrack for the ride home.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2013
Label: On Repeat Records
UPC: 5055667602239
catalogNumber: 602
Rank: 132112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Boots   Primary Artist
Charlie Jones   Bass
Bruno Ellingham   Bass
Tim Goldsworthy   Synthesizer
Darren Morris   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rick Nowels   Composer
Pascal Gabriel   Composer
Jack Featherstone   Art Direction
Bruno Ellingham   Programming
Tim Goldsworthy   Producer
James Ford   Composer,Producer
Victoria Hesketh   Composer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Composer
Jim Eliot   Composer
Andrew Butler   Composer,Additional Production
Magnus Lidehäll   Composer
Jeppe Laursen   Composer,Additional Production
Max Parsons   Art Direction
Ariel Reichtshaid   Composer,Additional Production

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