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  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: On Repeat
  • ASIN: B00BRBI8V4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Little Boots aka Victoria Hesketh became one of the most talked about new popstars around when she arrived with her Gold-selling debut Hands in 2009. The highly-anticipated sophomore studio album, Nocturnes, is released on her new On Repeat Records imprint. DJing all over the world at many of clubland's most esteemed nights over the past few years and collaborating with an elite roll-call of dance music's most credible class, Victoria named the record Nocturnes because it is "an album indebted to the night." A collection of perfect pop melodies set against faultless beats and synths, it is true long-player, and a sonic experience from beginning to end. The album was produced by DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, with other key contributions from Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler. Nocturnes is a powerful record of irresistible hooks and stunning songwriting that celebrates 90s house, seventies disco and futuristic electronics while maintaining the magic of classic pop.

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'Why doesn't Victoria "Little Boots" Hesketh have her own Robynesque cult of admirers? Both women create sparkling electropop that expertly balances euphoria and darkness, and both can write a ferocious chorus. Yet her promising start she topped the BBC Sound of 2009 poll and her debut album went top 5 was followed by a swift fade. Was she just too self-effacing? If so, Nocturnes may compound the problem: it's warm and heartfelt, but the other side of the coin is its streak of wistful self-deprecation. The trancey opening track, Motorway, dreamily imagines running away from life, but her little-girl delivery is so hesitant that it's obviously destined to remain a dream. Pushing on, though, there's some delightful music: Confusion buries a faltering-relationship storyline under a candy-coloured house beat; Broken Record is a Girls Aloudish symphony of heartbreak and warped disco. Hesketh and producer Tim Goldsworthy (of DFA fame) keep the choruses and the fidgety effects coming through the closing Satellite, by which point it's inarguable that Nocturnes is one of the pop records of the year.' --Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian * * * *

'The raw edges that major label smoothed off on her début have returned. Indeed, this lo-Fi update of Human League is the reason everyone got excited about her in the first place: proof that pop music made with synths doesn't have to be fluff.' --Chris Cottingham, The Big Issue

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As Phil Oakey of the Human League recommended to us, Little Boots is something new but with sound roots deeply in the synth genre & with her beautifull classic voice she is obviously going to do well!
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Little Boots - who divided opinion with her début album - claims Nocturnes got its name as it is "an album indebted to the night". Now a DJ as well as a songwriter and eclectic electropop performer, it's clear that her time spent away from the studio and into the club scene made a big impression on this next foray into the charts.

Both a departure and extension of her previous effort, which was heavily influenced by synthpop, Nocturnes puts one foot to the side and one foot in the past as 80's and 90's dance, eurohouse and trance collide, all filtered through modern disco and pop overtones, birthing a fantastic retro celebration with both nostalgia and futurism in mind. For example, the structure of "Shake" seems to derive from Green Velvet and Walter Phillip's "Shake and Pop", itself a reference to dance crazes of the past.

Unlike Hands, Nocturnes has - quite fittingly - darker themes and tones, characterised by moody expressions of atmospheric ambience and effects, giving an ethereal but laidback feel. Keeping with the concept, many of the songs have hopeful lyrics, brightly burning like neon-drenched rays of light illuminating the otherworldly spirit of the night evoked by the music. Even if you didn't like her first album, you should try this out; it's at once both different and the same and is sometimes as magical as the nights from which it owes so much to.
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2009's Hands was an album that had met up against a critical backlash before it had even charted in the top 10 of the UK album charts. As the story went, Victoria Hesketh had made an all out assault on the charts, somewhat turning against the long list of inspirations she had trotted out in interviews.

Perhaps chastened (though I'd suspect not) by the relative failure to conquer the charts (which saw genuine top 5 chart smash Remedy followed up by Earthquake peaking at number 84 in the UK) it seemed as if album number two would be a long time coming, as she seemingly spent most of her time touring the world as a DJ. Indeed it was somewhat of a surprise when Shake, track 4 here, surfaced with little prior warning in late 2011. It was less of a surprise when it turned out to be the kind of disco stomper that Kylie would give her right arm for.

The cliché of record label interference on the "over-produced" debut album may well be a well-worn path but there is also little doubt that taking control over her sound and concentrating on a simplified sonic production (simple in the fact of working with less people, not in terms of the sound itself) has paid off.

Whereas Hands at times seemed like a collection of great singles without a common thread, Nocturnes not only features some cracking singles but actually, shock horror, works as a cohesive album as well. The lady herself has described the album's sound as one of the "night" and it's certainly an album with at least one eye on the dancefloor.
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I 'discovered' this album long haul from Buenos Aries - over half a day in the air and in need of something to engage the brain while I failed to sleep in cattle class. That was five days ago and I'm still waking up somewhere on a darkened Motorway heading north. While the basic ideas are elegantly light and poppy, there is plenty of nuance and variation in all of these tracks. It kept my aging ears happy picking out the details while I listened to it five times through the night somewhere over the mid-Atlantic. It's a joy to hear it now without the twin drone of jet engines vibrating through ear phones. I did try Hands briefly having heard this album but have to say that for me Nocturnes wins hands down. It is a superb collection of tracks with only one or two weaker ones where the whole set hangs together beautifully (and only the second full album I've elected to buy in ten years).
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I like this in the same way as Daft Punk and Pet Shop Boys recent releases file under bright and smart summer pop
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This is a great Album.
Where is the publicity for it.
Her first Album was massively popular
This seems to have been forgotten.
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I really enjoyed this album, nice one Little Boots. Happy music. Looking forward to lot's more
progressive albums like this.
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Love this album... have played it regularly since I bought it... songs are so fun and catchy... best pop album of the year!
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