Friday, January 23

Here Come The Girls...

. Friday, January 23

Originally on Drowned In Sound

Female is not a genre they say. However if you’ve being paying attention to the critic’s picks for 2009 then you will be aware that female soloists are the overriding theme set to dominate the year ahead. DiS takes a look at the three chief media tips to separate the MGMTs from the Bravery’s.

Little Boots-
Sound- Heralded by many as ‘The Future Of Pop’. That remains to be seen but the Little Boots sound is a big FM straddling pop aesthetic. I.e. what Kylie Mingoue is and what Annie should have been. 7

Personality- As an ex-member of now defunct Leeds trio Dead Disco, Little Boots a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh is clearly a survivor and determined to give this her best shot. Recent interview have seen her talk of the time she auditioned for Pop Idol and her belief that Little Boots is exactly who she is as opposed to what she thinks people want. 7

Live Show- Has not properly toured Britain yet besides a few dates with hipster also-rans Heartbreak at the tail end of 2008. Guardian writer Alexis Petridis recently spoke of a 6 song set in Berlin where every song sounded “suspiciously like a hit single” 7

Producers- Last Summer's underground smash hit ‘Stuck On Repeat’ was mixed by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and written with Greg Kurstin who has worked with Beck, Ladyhawke and Britney Spears. Recent recording sessions in LA have seen Hesketh working with Dr Luke, the man behind Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ and ‘Since U Been Gone’ by Kelly Clarkson. 9

Covers- On Little Boot's YouTube channel are a host of lo-fi cover versions recorded in Hesketh’s bedroom. These range from Human League and Madonna to Wiley and Metronomy. Her use of the lesser spotted stylophone and Tenori-On will have music geek's attention, diverting away from her often weak voice. 5

Indie Credibility- Has been signed to Warner’s imprint 679 since the demise of Dead Disco. Rumour has it the label dropped Mystery Jets and Cut Off Your Hands last year in order to focus solely on Little Boots. Looks set to spend 2009 trying to balance between The Hype Machine and Radio 1’s A-List. 6

Media Love- Unparalleled. Has already topped this years BBC’s Sound poll joining the list of previous winners alongside Adele, Mika and 50 Cent. Most major broadsheets and tabloids have carried big features on Little Boots in recent weeks. 9

TOTAL= 50/70

Florence & The Machine-
Sound- Raucous tales of violence, freedom, love and loss. Florence Welsh has a voice to rival anyone in modern music if she can get the songs to match then the sky is the limit. 9

Personality- Flitting effortlessly between frivolous and fun to anarchic and wild Florence is an interviewer's dream with her tales of partying at Donatella Versace’s house and her parents who were friends with Andy Warhol. Perceived kookiness may well annoy some quarters. 7

Live Show- Lots of fun and a chance to hear that voice in its purest form. A full headline tour last year followed an MGMT support slot. The Machine will soon be opening the NME Awards tour, the legendary slot has been occupied in previous years by Coldplay and The Ting Tings. 8

Producers- Is currently working on her debut album with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford who is best known for his work with Arctic Monkeys. Also recording with ‘Silent Alarm knob-twiddler Paul Epworth. Points lost however for writing songs with Alex James and rent-a-twat Jonny Borrell. 8

Covers- Performed an astounding cover of ‘Hospital Beds’ by Cold War Kids throughout the duration of her live shows in 2008. Other covers floating around the internet include tracks by Beirut, Mystery Jets and a whole EP of Green Day covers with Lightspeed Champion. 9

Indie Credibility- Depends on your criteria. She is managed by Queens Of Noize and is friendly with the guys behind Merok records and the aforementioned Dev Hynes. Last years ‘Kiss With A Fist’ was released via the Moshi Moshi Singles Club. 7

Media Love- Big. Was on the cover of NME in their Tips for 2009 issue and will be awarded with the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards in February, last years winner was Adele. 9

Total= 57/70

La Roux-
Sound- The modern face of 80’s electro pop. Think less of the cold atmospheric synth music and more of the big-hearted dance floor classics. Will get the cool kids dancing quicker than you can say Crystal Castles remix. 8

Personality- Has done very little in the way of interviews or TV. One short video clip accompanying her appearance on the BBC Critics Poll shows her as intelligent and passionate with a clear, if slightly naive, view of what she is doing. 7

Live Show- Has played very few dates thus far but has a busy schedule facing her in 2009. As well as a residency at her label boss Seb Chew’s Yo-Yo Club in Notting Hill La Roux is on the road supporting Lily Allen on her nationwide tour. 8

Producers- No information is available as to who La Roux is working with however her music lends itself well to remixes and a fine AutoKratz mix of ‘Quicksand’ is already doing the blog rounds. 7

Covers- None that we could find but then this isn’t Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge. Full marks for spending time on her own songs. 10

Indie Credibility- Has released ‘Quicksand’ on the French Kitsuné label who then featured the track on their latest compilation. 9

Media Love- Is tipped as an outsider in terms of unit shifting success but has support from Popjustice amongst others. 7

Total= 56/70

So there you have it, a narrow win for Florence And The Machine. How do you rate these three acts? Can you see Little Boots becoming as big as predicted? Or falling short amidst a blaze of hyperbole? Who are the female acts who feel should be garnering attention in 2009?




Chewy Chews said...

Wow, nice post but La Roux sucks.

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