"Nocturnes," due out in May, features contributions from Ariel Reichstadt and DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy.
Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, played the major label game for her lauded debut "Hands," but for the forthcoming follow-up "Nocturnes," the 28-year-old U.K. native has reinvented herself as a self-empowered pop singer with her own label, On Repeat Records.
Released in the U.S. by Elektra in 2009, "Hands" was a modest success, selling 17,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Remedy" was produced and co-written by RedOne around the same time the producer helmed massive Lady Gaga singles like "Just Dance" and "LoveGame," and was a hit in the U.K. But Hesketh was left wanting more creative and financial control, which set her on a different path for "Nocturnes," due out May 7.
"There were times I felt very powerless," Hesketh tells Billboard. "I'm not that kind of person… if you're happy to be a big phony playing someone else's music, I think it's a very different thing and you have to play that game."