Thursday, March 19, 2009 2:54pm by  
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Is Little Boots the new Kylie?

She describes her music as ‘cosmic Coronation Street’ and wants to be as famous as Kylie Minogue she is Little Boots and it's beginning to look like 2009 might be the year in which her dreams start coming true.

Because, with just two EPs to her name (which, just for the record, is Victoria Hesketh), she’s already been picked out as the sound of 2009 and came second only to the rapidly rising Florence and the Machine in the running for the Critics Choice award at the Brits this year.

She’s been recording her debut album (apparently due for release in June) in ever so cool LA with producer Greg Kurstin a man who’s had his hands on the creative pallet of Lilly Allen, Britney, Ladyhawke, Flaming Lips, Pink, Rachel Stevens and yes! Even the great Aussie pop pixie herself, Kylie and if her blog is to be believed, only the name of the record currently evades her. 

She’s also evened out the ratio of gushing reviews to gigs played by taking her live show off around the world, and it’s triumphantly that she returns to Manchester tomorrow to headline The JD Set.

Obsessed

It is, though, about time. Music obsessed since the age of five, when she first cut her teeth on a second-hand piano her uncle dragged home from a local pub in Blackpool, Hesketh has tried her hand at life in the fast and slow lanes to fame.

She once auditioned for Pop Idol, eventually getting booted out in round three because she wasn’t hilarious/mouldable/tear jerking enough (delete as appropriate).

While studying for a ndergraduate degree in Leeds (the highlight of which was a thesis on the concept of originality in the music of Jamie Cullen she fronted electro-poppers Dead Disco, but even that had run its course within three years.

Secretly, then, LB retreated back to the comfort of her bedroom to twiddle with her keyboard collection: Moogs, Korgs, Arp Odysseys, Stylophones, and the instrument that’s come to symbolise her position at the forefront of the shameless tech-geek vanguard, the Tenori-On.

There she seems to have found a natural home and, with a little help from Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, has turned out some of the greatest synth sounds since Donna Summer's I Feel Love. The only question, then, is when will you surrender?

Peaches Geldof pays a visit to Little Boots to chat about Madonna, unicorns and shoes for Nylon TV below: