Nocturnes - ON REPEAT/KOBALT
FILTER Grade: 74%
By A.D. Amorosi on May 23, 2013
Still just a horsehair away from being an absolute solo project, singer Victoria Hesketh moves from making dance music that sounds like Kylie Minogue to the hard stuff of nighttime fantasies. On her first Little Boots record, 2009’s Hands, writing and production credits came by way of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Lady Gaga’s RedOne. This time, though, it’s DFA co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford and Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler who align with Hesketh for stuttering tributes to ’90s house and good old-fashioned four-on-the-floor disco cuts like “Crescendo” and “Beat Beat.” There are still big dollops of pop on Little Boots’ second electro-enhanced work, and it just happens to be that she saved the best for first: it’s Nocturnes' two sleek singles (“Motorway,” “Broken Record”) that manage the best in dark electronic allure with shiny, hook-driven choruses. Dreamy.