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PUBLISHED: 17:16 24 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

First steps to stardom: Little Boots

First steps to stardom: Little Boots

by Tim Cole Just how good is Little Boots? Well Jools Holland must like her, writes Tim Cole. Last week she became the first artist to appear on Later... twice before putting out any recorded material on CD. Quite some achievement for the

by Tim Cole

Just how good is Little Boots? Well Jools Holland must like her, writes Tim Cole.

Last week she became the first artist to appear on Later... twice before putting out any recorded material on CD.

Quite some achievement for the sequin-clad songstress.

Just a matter of months ago, spent her time making videos of herself playing covers on a piano or keyboard in her bedroom or garage and uploading them to YouTube.

The fast-track migration from t-shirts and pyjamas to elaborate hair-dos and stunning dresses has been enough to leave you breathless.

Indeed following her blog of almost daily moves around the globe, it is clear Little Boots, pictured, has been pretty blown away by it herself.

"Omg left Germany 4am... way too early. Attempting day off. Next week jools holland, uk tour and new York so gonna get rest whilst I can!" (correct) she twittered three weeks ago.

"Ok read everything in Glasgow airport, bored now" appeared last Friday.

So the glitz and glamour are overwhelming, but what about the music.

Listening to New In Town you are impressed by not just the production values of this synth-geek masterpiece, with its catchy hook, but the far more surprisingly dark lyrics.

Written on her first day in LA, where she has spent much of this year recording, it is a twisted tale of a loner in the big city.

The video of homeless trolley-pushing street people and fighting gangs surrounding the stunningly dressed star is a well presented metaphor for the balance between the dirty story and the clean synth-pop sound.

She may be compared to Kylie, but Better The Devil You Know never looked like this.

* The single New In Town is released on Atlantic Records on May 25. The album Hands follows on June 8.

tim.cole@archant.co.uk


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