Little Boots - "Stuck on Repeat"

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Anybody else heard this? 7 minutes long, big, dramatic dance-pop. It's been stuck in my head for a few weeks now. Hear it on her myspace here. Dunno about the rest of the songs/demos on there, but I think this one is gold.

maciej recognizing trill, Saturday, 22 March 2008 20:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah love this, derivative as it may be - it's by the long haired guy in Hot Chip no?

blueski, Sunday, 23 March 2008 11:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, one of the Hot Chip guys anyways, not quite sure of the hair length. And the singer is apparently from Dead Disco, though that means very little to me, honestly.

The 2+ minute long build in the middle of this is sooo great.

maciej recognizing trill, Sunday, 23 March 2008 13:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

I'm slightly surprised she hasn't gotten more attention on here. Seems like pretty great pop songs, and she does this YouTube covers series, and she writes all her songs, using a Tenori-on and a stylophone and other strange instruments. On the other hand, it's produced by the Hot Chip guy, it's pop, and her YouTube covers series is a bit obvious.

the who cares (okamax), Friday, 6 February 2009 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can't stand her. Saw her on Jools Holland and it was like Faith Brown impersonating Kate Bush while playing PacMan. Guardian Weekend cover story before she's even put any records out - enough to put anyone off.

Bored with all these Blue Square indie also-rans being hyped up as some sort of "I'm mad, me" pseudo-newness (see also Florence and the Machine etc. or rather, don't).

Bernard Braden Misreads Stephen Leacock (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 6 February 2009 15:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Freak-folk's influence on pop, perhaps?

the who cares (okamax), Friday, 6 February 2009 15:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

> Can't stand her. Saw her on Jools Holland...

i was very taken with her JH appearance, just her, a piano, a stylophone and japanese beatbox thing. i liked the way she spent a couple of seconds at the start programming the drum loops from scratch. i liked the way she'd be playing the bass with her left hand and the stylophone with her right. i liked the way the clapping didn't get picked up by the mic for the first few bars before she adapted. i liked that she'd had her hair done especially because she was on tv. i liked the general autonomy of it, just her and 3 instruments doing everything (unlike the Monkey thing on the same show which needed a cast of thousands, and a panda).

(reminded me of everything i like about the pastels, somehow.)

koogs, Friday, 6 February 2009 17:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

agree with all of that (except being reminded of the pastels but then i don't know them too well)

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Friday, 6 February 2009 17:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's kind of nice that her live shows are hap dash, but her recorded output is polished and pop. It really boils down to how you feel about pop for the recorded stuff.

Regardless, it's relevant, because she was just voted BBC's "Sound of 2009," she was recently remixed by Alexander Robotnick (that's some serious street cred), and she was on the cover of the Fader, yet she hasn't even put an album out... That's a lot of pressure for her to make it good, no?

I personally like the stuff, but I'm a popfreak.

the who cares (okamax), Friday, 6 February 2009 19:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Stuck On Repeat is a bit too diffident to really engage me, its a bit 00s electropop by numbers. Meddle is a lot better but I prefer the original clattery version to the one that actually made the EP.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Saturday, 7 February 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also, lol street team.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Saturday, 7 February 2009 00:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Surely I'm not the only person out there who prefers "Meddle" over "Stuck on Repeat"?

Telephone thing, Saturday, 7 February 2009 04:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

fucking thing sucks

Moka, Saturday, 7 February 2009 08:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've read people describing her as post nu-rave. fucking POST NU-RAVE. What the fuck is that supposed to mean?

Moka, Saturday, 7 February 2009 08:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dunno wot it's supposed to mean, but still think "stuck on repeat" is great and can't get into "Meddle" at all. Almost went to see her tonite but got too drunk at Andrew WK and couldn't get friends to go anyways.

Maciej (maciej recognizing trill), Saturday, 7 February 2009 08:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Definitely not street team--interviewed her yesterday, and was just curious about what ilm thought.

Side note: Apparently, Atlantic is re-starting Elektra as their "cooler, non-hip hop" arm (what I gathered from the labelspeak of her pub), and she's going to be a centerpiece. Hmmm...

She's quite nice, fwiw.

the who cares (okamax), Saturday, 7 February 2009 16:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Meddle one of my favourite songs of last year or whenever I heard it. Stuck on Repeat is a bit of a grower and good, but not as good.

Shame Dead Disco didn't release more stuff, though.

Not the real Village People, Saturday, 7 February 2009 18:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

This is Metronomy remix of The Treatment by Dead Disco and what I keep comparing this EP unfavourably against. Overall I thought her voice worked better in a guitar band context anyway, I really liked Dead Disco and am kind of meh on Little Boots.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

she is pretty

special guest stars mark bronson, Saturday, 7 February 2009 20:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

wow heaven is cool (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 8 March 2009 00:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

cover of "day n nite"

wow heaven is cool (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 8 March 2009 00:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Stuck On Repeat is by miles the worst thing I've heard by her - New In Town has been in my head for about three days and Love Kills, erm, kills. I'm actually anticipating the album now.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Friday, 24 April 2009 11:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I found the album disappointingly generic :/

Stevie T, Friday, 24 April 2009 11:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

stuck on repeat is like a tolerable version of "can't get you out of my head" - just as catchy but not as annoying. I like the dubstepp-y version of Meddle and the Fake Blood remix of SOR.

the next grozart, Friday, 24 April 2009 11:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

is there a single producer left in the uk who hasn't remixed little boots?

'new in town' is pretty good, would be better sung by someone else, but as i've said elsewhere i'm just relieved that there's at least one of these hype overdrive acts that i don't hate

lex pretend, Friday, 24 April 2009 12:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Matt DC's right. Every song that's surfaced since "Stuck on Repeat" has been superior (my favorite being "Mathematics," though its chart prospects are probably low should it ever be released as a single).

Interested in hearing the album so I can evaluate the song with Phil Oakey as a whole rather than just a 30sec clip at Popjustice.

DiSTORTOTRON (Johnny Fever), Friday, 24 April 2009 12:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

The album would have been better if all the remixers had produced the album - suffers a little from the dead hand of Greg Kurstin, I think.

Stevie T, Friday, 24 April 2009 12:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

agree, probably - that's the danger of getting everyone in for the remixes, you hear 'new in town' and think it's pretty good, and then you hear the goldielocks/drop the lime rmxes and it's like BUT THIS IS GREAT AND LOADS BETTER.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 April 2009 12:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kurstin has definitely been spreading himself thin

can't see LB charting as well as La Roux somehow

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Friday, 24 April 2009 12:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Why not? She's a better singer, has better tunes, has more hype behind her, is a bit more indie, and is hotter.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Friday, 24 April 2009 15:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just had to look up who Greg Kurstin was and my anticipation has just deflated a tad. That Ladyhawke album was my prime example of how to do this sort of thing badly.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Friday, 24 April 2009 15:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

La Roux is this year's romofied Kate Nash, whereas LB feels a bit like the Blue Square Kylie/Goldfrapp.

Stevie T, Friday, 24 April 2009 15:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

best things Kurstin has done recently = Lily Allen 'The Fear' and 'Kabul Shit' :/

it's a bit of a shame Hesketh went blonde right before first TV appearance /cynic

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Friday, 24 April 2009 15:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

tbqh I don't think I've liked any of her originals since "Meddle", although I really really really want to hear the Phil Oakey collaboration.

jamescobo, Friday, 24 April 2009 16:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

the fred falke remix of new in town is ok but im stunned by how bad the original is

NI, Saturday, 25 April 2009 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

BBC Breakfast yesterday...

koogs, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 09:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

dope imo

man, i love collages (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 09:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

"i filmed half the album in LA" heh

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 10:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

would pash 09

the sound of mu (sic), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 10:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

album leaked...

ARE WE SOME FUCKING LADIES OR WHAT? (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 20:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

not getting the love for that Falke remix much

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 20:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

the interview with Popjustice was actually kinda interesting

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 20:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

New in Town sounds like sub-Girls Aloud album filler with a few gristly sounding synth stabs. Poor

rockford, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's always troubled me that her website title text isn't "Little Boots" but "Buy new album Hands & gig tickets at the official Little Boots UK website" and that i get 2 emails a week saying pretty much the same thing (along with some actual content, usually lower down)

koogs, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

interesting that despite a hugely aggressive PR push [inc tawdry articles on the sun's website calling her boot-iful and that toe-curling bbc breakfast clip] the single didn't even make the top 10

NI, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

and yeah the relentless marketing spiel that comes from the boots camp is really offputting. on her recent live gigs she was waffling on about getting radio a-list, plus twittering ppl to buy her single on itunes to put it in the top 10. like who cares? more interested in her songs than that level of apprentice-lite crap

NI, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

don't think GA haven't really done an electropoppish number this slow tho rockford

NI yeah #13 seems low in the end - 50/50 on whether it will climb like In For The Kill did. but surely most artists use twitter to say 'please buy my single'.

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

> that toe-curling bbc breakfast clip

that's the kind of thing (along with solo on jools holland and blogging her trip to the stylophone factory) that endears me to her. but then i'm not really her (or probably anyone's) target market.

favourite track on the album - the hidden one (actually the title track) at the end.

koogs, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

> endears me to her

er, her to me.

koogs, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 21:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

New In Town is better than any GA single for a good four years, strangely I'm not optimistic about the album.

Tits Bramble (Matt DC), Thursday, 4 June 2009 08:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

but then she would only have sold as many records as Ladyhawke

mdskltr (blueski), Thursday, 3 June 2010 11:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

She's a lot better than Ladyhawke though.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 June 2010 11:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

The above quote that she 'didn't fit the role' really rings true. She was never going to be a globe-stomping tabloid-friendly pop star and it was a mistake to shove her into the quick-returns industry cycle - has anyone other than Lady Gaga in the dancey-poppy field succeeded at this in the past few years?

I'm seeing a lot of parallels with the way Hurts are being marketed - thread here: Hurts - in that it feels very forced and micro-managed (heard some interesting tales from journalists/prs/agents who've dealt with their ultra heavy-handed team). It seems the Hurts blokes are more suited for mainstream fame than LB ever was but hitting only #50 with the first single proper suggests they're not connecting with the general pop-buying public.

s.rose, Thursday, 3 June 2010 12:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

No-one likes to have that feeling of being force-fed.

Mark G, Thursday, 3 June 2010 14:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

still haven't heard a note of Hurts

mdskltr (blueski), Thursday, 3 June 2010 14:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

xpost Yeah I phrased that badly, I meant more that Annie wasn't being pegged as the new chart-popping sensation in our lives (ie. she wasn't on the front cover of the Guardian magazine, voted BBC Sound of 2009 etc) so her failure to go massive wasn't as shocking as LB's. I'm more thinking about Anniemal in 2004/5 as that album did seem like it'd go massive, by the time of Don't Stop it was kinda obvious she'd always be a cult pop act.

I guess the Erot connection gives Annie some kind of "indie credibility" in some small but loud circles that other electropop acts cannot quite match.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 4 June 2010 08:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

She was never going to be a globe-stomping tabloid-friendly pop star and it was a mistake to shove her into the quick-returns industry cycle - has anyone other than Lady Gaga in the dancey-poppy field succeeded at this in the past few years?

In terms of big commercial success, I would say La Roux have suceeded quite well. Surely not in the same league as Lady Gaga, but still a handfull of very big hits, that even crossed over to a rather huge number of markets rather than staying in the UK market doing little outside the UK.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 4 June 2010 08:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Regarding the supposed failure, the UK chart performance of the three singles from Little Boots' first album was rather similar to the three singles from "Speak & Spell". Did Depeche Mode fail?

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 4 June 2010 09:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Those were different times, old pip.

Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Friday, 4 June 2010 09:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't think you can compare someone who has released one album in today's marketplace after a truckload of hype with a band who released their first album two and a half decades ago and subsequently went on to sell millions of records. That's ridiculous.

Still utterly baffled by the success of La Roux.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 June 2010 09:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Have they 'succeeded' where LB failed?

Hmmm...

Mark G, Friday, 4 June 2010 09:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

2 La Roux In For The Kill Single Mar 2009
1 La Roux Bulletproof Single Jul 2009
2 La Roux La Roux Album Jul 2009 Notes
27 La Roux I'm Not Your Toy Single Oct 2009
19 La Roux La Roux (re-entry) Album Jan 2010
28 La Roux In For The Kill (re-emergence) Single Jan 2010

Mark G, Friday, 4 June 2010 09:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Someone at work is off to see Ladyhawke tonight. This whole electro-girl songwriter craze feels like a very long time ago indeed, but I'm glad the artists involved haven't been completely dropped.

Glo-Vember (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that song does sound a bit quaint.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:11 (six years ago) Permalink

I really like that song.

owenf, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:43 (six years ago) Permalink

About time to get them back. This anthemic stadium dance thing courtesy of David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia etc. is a bit wearing in the long run. Longing to see new stuff from Little Boots and La Roux instead.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New album streaming http://pitchfork.com/advance/82-nocturnes/

monotony, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 00:21 (five years ago) Permalink

holy SHIT this is amazing

bish (bosch), don't kill my vibe (rennavate), Thursday, 2 May 2013 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Not really sure about this tbh, feels kinda lacking in personality, both in vocal and production terms. And I liked big sections of the first album.

Matt DC, Thursday, 2 May 2013 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm liking a fair amount of this

ciderpress, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm in shock at how good this is. It's so much better than the first album.

Beat Beat needs to be put out as a single right now!

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 2 May 2013 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

It's quite good! Just been listening to it here this hour which given the Slayer news has been more than a little incongruous.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 May 2013 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Thought this was sounded like a bunch of fourth singles from a late Kylie album. Except Crescendo, which is so good it shows how average the rest is.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 3 May 2013 11:00 (five years ago) Permalink

That's exactly what it sounds like, that or really watered down Saint Etienne copyists. The anonymuity of the production doesn't help - this Tensnake remix of one of the tracks is so much better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tofjr7L3h9Q

Also is this slipping out with zero publicity entirely? Feels like the music industry just gave up on her.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 May 2013 11:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Considering it's produced by Tim Goldsworthy, James Ford and Andy Butler it sounds shockingly anonymous, and the lyrics are dreck. Maybe Joe Goddard wasn't returning her calls. It's a shame because after the perceived disappointment of the debut (even though it went gold) she needed to kill it this time around and this just isn't going to save her.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 3 May 2013 11:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Also is this slipping out with zero publicity entirely?

i feel like i've seen more people checking for (as in, going to listen to) this album than i really should have done, considering. i'll probably check it out at some point but idk why it made a lot of people drop what they were doing for it

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Friday, 3 May 2013 11:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I think there was a general feeling of unresolved potential there, she's obviously got good taste and I did see rumours that she was working with Joe Goddard and Tensnake and there was this vague feeling that she might end up doing something really exciting but that hasn't really happened.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 May 2013 11:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Why isn't "Headphones" on this? It should be.

boxedjoy, Friday, 3 May 2013 11:29 (five years ago) Permalink

all the singles since the 1st album have been great i thought, but no Headphones? that's weird.

piscesx, Friday, 3 May 2013 12:43 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i like pretty much all of this now. good record.

ciderpress, Friday, 3 May 2013 14:26 (five years ago) Permalink

'strangers' is pretty clumsy and the clear weak link, 'beat beat' is massive and probably should be a single

ciderpress, Friday, 3 May 2013 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

679 didn't want to release the finished record but allowed her to release it on her own label, hence no Headphones-

JLB Credit (Jack BS), Friday, 3 May 2013 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought Headphones was always meant to be a standalone single? Seems like I read something to that effect when it popped up.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 May 2013 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

As per above comments, I kinda wish she found a producer soulmate and established a less anonymous identity. The MNDR album last year did this sort of thing better.

Me So Hormetic (Sanpaku), Saturday, 4 May 2013 23:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I played this again and really enjoyed it pretty much all the way through. I really like how it flows. It's a shame it's not going to sell at all. This kind of sounds like the album I thought she'd make when I first heard the full version of Stuck On Repeat back in 2008. A lot of the stuff she tried on Hands just didn't suit her that much, Remedy gave her an actual hit single but you could tell it wasn't her style.

I never understood why she did an edit of Stuck on Repeat for the album and didn't put it out as a proper single? She answers that in this interview.

http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/i-know-who-i-am-and-where-i-am-at-now-the-405-meets-little-boots

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 4 May 2013 23:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I actually really like this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 7 May 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

liking this, reminds me some of that kathy diamond album a few yrs back. i can see this being great for the summer

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 00:55 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i get its flaws, but i just dig the album's sound, house stuff is gonna always do it for me

bish (bosch), don't kill my vibe (rennavate), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Seems like she needs to have a bit of space and do her own thing without any pressures. Hopefully she hasn’t burnt herself out by the whole major-label thing.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 15:39 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

is there a remix disc or w/e of this planned? i feel like there should be

johnny crunch, Saturday, 1 June 2013 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

damn this shd have more than 595 views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuCLJLDHQJk

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 August 2015 21:14 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

little boots has quietly been making very good music for the past 5 years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sQzEib6hOA

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:56 (three months ago) Permalink

I totally missed this new EP but it is characteristically brilliant. I think about her and Charli XCX in similar terms - why are people so suspicious of artists who openly admit they want to make great pop music?

boxedjoy, Friday, 11 May 2018 12:47 (three months ago) Permalink

in her case probably because her first go-round wasn't great (I still like "Remedy" though) and lost among La Roux/v1 Lady Gaga/etc; also it doesn't help that there's really no solid place in the music press right now for this kind of thing except, like, Popjustice

("well why didn't you pitch it" because I totally missed it)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 11 May 2018 14:18 (three months ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the first album a lot at the time and was completely underwhelmed by the follow-up. Played the debut a month ago and it was sounding like it came from a completely different pop universe to now, like the idea that anyone would try and pitch those songs as mainstream concern seems totally alien in a world of straight-down-the-line maximalist Zara Larsson bangers.

Matt DC, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:38 (three months ago) Permalink

the follow-up was uneven but the first four tracks are completely unfuckwithable (really, it should have been an EP)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 11 May 2018 14:43 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah "Motorway" is probably the greatest thing she's ever done give or take "Stuck On Repeat"

I love this video for Eros though, it's such a simple concept but it looks incredible

boxedjoy, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:46 (three months ago) Permalink

The second album is my favourite. Still love “Every Night I Say a Prayer@.

michaellambert, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I love that second album. One of my favourite albums of the decade. Working Girl was crazy underrated too. Both much stronger and more consistent than Hands.

kitchen person, Friday, 11 May 2018 17:17 (three months ago) Permalink


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