Blackpool pop sensation Little Boots is in talks with Yamaha to create a keyboard that will excite budding musicians as much as a guitar.Hopefully this new Tenori-On works better than the current one she's using. At the singer's Studio B show in February, we reported that her onstage sequencer was having "technical problems."
The 25-year-old, who has just supported Kasabian at the Camden Crawl uses a Yamaha Tenori-On handheld music sequencer live on stage.
Little Boots, real name Victorias Hesketh said: "I'm really quite nerdy. It's a great visual aid - so much better than just another laptop.
"We're working with Yamaha to create a special one to take out to festivals.
"So often people think it's just robots and machines.
"To me it should be just as exciting as seeing a great guitar player. That's what I'm trying to do." [Click]
Maybe she'll also have the new toy...erm, instrument, on hand at her upcoming NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, May 18th. That new show comes sandwiched between a string of UK/European shows (though there may be just enough time for another gig to spring up). Openers include Hearts Revolution, who played Studio B in March, and DJ Dave P, of the NYC-dance staple FIXED. Tickets for the show are on sale.
Hands, Little Boots' debut album, is due in early June on Atlantic. She'll also be putting out an EP, Illuminations, on June 8th. Her record is being producted by "Greg Kurstin [of The Bird and the Bee] who is also producing her EP with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip."
Full track list of that EP with Little Boots' new video for "New In Town," her album's first single, and a YouTube-ready cover of Sugababes' "Overload," below...
Little Boots @ Studio B (more by Tim Griffin)
"Hands" LP track list
1. "New in Town"
3. "Stuck on Repeat"
10. "Tune into My Heart"
11. "Hearts Collide"
12. "No Brakes"
"ILLUMINATIONS" EP track list
1. New In Town (from HANDS album)
2. Stuck On Repeat (from HANDS album)
3. Not Now (US exclusive release)
4. Magical (B side, rare track, only released on a limited UK7" previously)
5. Love Kills (Freddie Mercury cover, rare track)
+ New In Town music video directed by Jake Nava (who has also directed videos for Kylie Minogue, Pink, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Shakira, Leona Lewis)
+ Digital booklet (exclusive downloadable Little Boots booklet with new artwork)
Little Boots - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 30 Annie Mac Presents @ Koko London
May 12 Cockpit Leeds
May 13 Club Academy Manchester
May 14 King Tuts Glasgow
May 16 The Great Escape, Brighton Brighton
May 18 Le Poisson Rouge New York
May 20 Spexs show (at Berghain) Berlin
May 22 O2 Liverpool Academy Liverpool
May 23 Dot To Dot Festival Bristol Bristol
May 24 Dot To Dot Festival Nottingham Nottingham
May 25 Evolution Festival, Newcastle
May 28 Heaven London
May 30 Wychwood Festival Cheltenham
Jun 6 G.A.Y @ Heaven London
Jun 24 Hove Festival Tromøy
Jul 11 Oxegen Festival, Dublin Dublin
Jul 12 T-In The Park, Scotland Balado
Jul 17 Latitude Festival, Suffolk Suffolk
Aug 01 Victoria Park - Field Day Festival London
Aug 02 Victoria Park - Underage Festival London
Aug 08 Marine Stadium Summer Sonic, MESSE Tokyo/Osaka
Aug 09 Marine Stadium Summer Sonic, MESSE Tokyo/Osaka
Sep 12 Bestival - Robin Hill Country Park Isle of Wight