Channeling different flavors of pop music
England native Victoria Hesketh is better known as pop artist Little Boots and has been a part of the music industry for almost 15 years now. She has famously worked as a DJ, songwriter and singer. Her recently released EP, Jump, showcases how her sound has evolved over the last decade from dance-pop to futuristic feeling electronic pop.
Her song “Secret” is the most unique on the EP and probably the catchiest, with somewhat monotone vocals during the verses, a male background vocalist and a chant-like chorus. One of the elements of electronic music seems to be the repetition of the lyrics, but Little Boots still manages to fit a clever verse in “Secret” with “Everybody talking at me/ like I got it all figured out/ taking my seat at the table/ keeping my cards face down.”
However, the easiest listen of the EP is “Lesson (feat. Kiddy Smile)” that brings to mind some of her older pop/dance-pop works, although ever so slightly. It seems she keeps the male backing vocalist consistent throughout all four tracks. “Jump” and “Mistake” both share similar tones and beats. They even resemble each other in their repetitive nature, though “Jump” does seem to lean a bit more ’80s electric influence. However, neither track is particularly different or extraordinary.
If you’re a fan of Little Boots older songs like “Remedy” or “New in Town” that share a heavy ’90s pop feel, leaning almost bubblegum pop, then Jump will likely not be of much interest to you. If you enjoy her more dance-pop ’80s vibe songs like “No Pressure” or “Get Things Done” then her current project will be listenable but will fall flat.
Artists tend to branch out and dabble into the different subgenres of their area. It’s no surprise Little Boots, with her 14 years in the industry, has taken on different projects and tried different styles. Jump is just another taste of her varying interests in all aspects of the pop genre. The EP is not very indicative of her past projects and most likely not of her future ones either. That being said, unless people are huge Little Boots fan or just an avid consumer of electronic music, Jump is probably not the right listen for some.