With Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots musical abilities fluctuating from singing and keyboard playing to mastering instruments such as synthesizers, Stylophones and a Japanese electronic instrument called Tenori-on it’s no wonder that her 2009 debut album, ‘Hands’, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and gave her a top ten hit, ‘Remedy’ in the process. Since its release Little Boots has been nothing short an international success, supporting The Scissor Sisters and playing all over the world entertaining folk in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Barcelona along the way.
With this in mind its therefore no surprise that Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is packed out with everyone from young hipsters dressed in baggy coats and bleached denim jeans to the oldies out for a good night for this one off intimate gig.
The night is kicked off with the support act belting out tunes to prepare everybody for a good night ahead consisting of non-stop electro-pop jingles whilst the DJ got in on the act playing a nice selection of deep house, with some cleverly remixed symphonies, such as N.W.A’s classic ‘Express Yourself’ thrown in for good measure. The multitude of people bopping to the endless stream of dance tracks is quality and with the audience fuelled on booze and beats I was reassured we will be in for a quality night out in Bethnal Green.
Little Boots started the set with ‘Motorway’, the first track of her new album Nocturnes which gets things off to a great start. All the crowd’s hands were thrown in the air and an array of over excited drink spillages followed. It was a belter to start off with, its euphoric beats that signifies Little Boots trademark disco pop and it ensures the crowd have got their dancing kicks on.
Following on from ‘Motorway’ was ‘Confusion’ as Boots emphatically sang her lyrics “Can you explain? Oh oh, do you really think my heart could take the pain?” During this number camera phones were exerted in to the air, as they try to catch a glimpse of Miss Boots at such close quarters. The loyal following were loving it with 99% mouthing to every lyric of all of her songs both old and new.
Little Boots new album holds an array of love stories embedded behind deep electro-pop and Madonna esq beats. It’s clear that Little Boots has certainly exceeded herself with her easily danceable tracks that supply you with nothing but uplifting happiness.
She played older track ‘New In Town’ that appears on the 2009 horror hit ‘Jennifer’s Body’, it’s clear that this is a song that has won many hearts of those that have filled Bethnal Green’s Working Mens Club tonight. Then onto ‘Broken Record’ which was a clear crowd favorite, with a much more pop sound to it. The new tunes were played out to a great response whilst top electro trance hit ‘Headphones’ was a personal highlight giving me déjà vu of a 90’s house party!
For a rainy Wednesday night in East London, it certainly feels like summer has come early. Little Boots endless feel good bangers and catchy choruses from Nocturnes, will make this a must buy of 2013.