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Little Boots scoops the top spot on the BBC Sound of 2009 list09 January 2009 - Last year, Adele topped the BBC Sound Of 2008 list and this year, Little Boots, the 25 year old singer also known as Victoria Hesketh from Blackpool has scooped the title.
She’s been dubbed ‘the future of British pop’ by the Hot Chip man, Joe Goddard, who produced her recent single Stuck On Repeat.
Like White Lies, who were runners up, Little Boots appeared on Later With Jools Holland before Christmas, which she told 6 Music, “was a big deal” and helped to “raise the bar” of attention placed on her.
Her debut is being produced by the part time DJ, Greg Kurstin, from the US jazz-pop group The Bird and the Bee, and she’s currently finishing it in Hollywood, America throughout January.
Hesketh's live show features a shiny futuristic sequencer, which loops various sounds, and her voice on the spacey, disco-pop songs further establishes her as the UK’s answer to Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer or Robyn.
"You go, 'Oh my goodness, this is for real now. No going back.' Not that I ever would."
Little Boots is touring the UK throughout February and March until she descends on SXSW festival in Austin Texas, before some European dates supporting The Ting Tings in April.
She counts the melodies and songwriting talents of Brian Wilson, Elton John and David Bowie among her influences.
We hear from her
The songstress told us she's chuffed to top the list.
“It’s a big deal,” she said. “There’s not been a top ten that hasn’t failed to have 80%, pretty much, of successful artists and you go, ‘Oh my goodness, this is for real now. No going back.’ Not that I ever would.”
Speaking about the rest of the list, which is less commercial than previous years, Hesketh said: “There seems to be a lot of interesting characters coming through and I think a lot of it sounds quite ambitious, even though it’s come from DIY settings. I think that’s really great.”
Little Boots also admitted she’s not afraid to embrace the pop aspect of her music, saying: “Pop’s cool again and people can talk about it. People aren’t embarrassed to have a good chorus, which I think is great.
“I just care about songs and great songs that can connect with a lot of people, and make people happy, or make people have some kind of reaction. What’s not cool about that.”
She laughingly added: “I’m just poptastic.”
The BBC Sound of 2009 list is compiled by more than 130 of the UK's top music critics and broadcasters, from magazine editors and music writers through to DJs and producers, who have taken part in choosing their stand out acts.
See below for the rest of the top five:
5. La Roux
4. Empire Of The Sun
3. Florence And The Machine
2. White Lies.
Find out more about 15 artists made the initial longlist including features and interviews at BBC News.
Hear Little Boots in the 6 Music hub on George Lamb’s show today between 10am-1pm or you can listen again for seven days afterwards.
Or you can watch the hub session on the 6 Music website from today (9 January).
To hear a retrospective of the artists who made the Sound of 2008 list check out our Music Week podcast.