British synth-queen Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, puts the pedal to the metal with ten of her favorite pulse-quickening dance anthems. These boots, it seems, were made for rocking.
1. “Sexy Teacher,” by Check Up Twins. My boyfriend e-mailed me this song before I’d even met him. He sent it over Facebook and was like, “Do you want to hear the best Italo song ever?” It’s about a schoolboy in love with his teacher — the lyrics are great and so are the synths. And it’s worth a listen for the school-bell intro alone.
2. Raf’s “Self Control.” I love the harmony between the vocal parts; it’s a bit slower but really hooky, and the silly rap near the end is hilarious.
3. Los Angeles T.F.’s “Magical Body.” This is just great, obscure fun; the lyrics are insane and there are some manic cackles near the end. I play this one a lot when I DJ.
4. “When I Hear Music,” by Debbie Deb. This is another near-perfect song to dance to. I play it when I’m getting ready to go out.
5. Deborah Harry’s “Rush Rush.” I know this one doesn’t quite fit with the others, but I love Debbie’s voice on it and it makes me think of her at Studio 54. I love that era, near the end of disco before the ’80s started to kick in. There was a lot interesting stuff happening during that crossover between the ’70s and ’80s. Now it’s all about female pop stars and indie bands.
6. Heartbreak’s “We’re Back.” We toured with Heartbreak recently—they’re a new Italo-influenced duo and one of my favorite bands at the moment; this song is incredible. But there’s a lot of really boring Italo, too, and if you play that stuff at the wrong venue it can be really awkward. This one is brilliant though. And in London, the hipsters go wild for it, and I don’t think it’s even drug-related.
7. “Love Kills,” by Little Boots. This is my cover of a song by Giorgio Moroder and Freddie Mercury, originally featured on the soundtrack to a 1980s film called Metropolis [a re-release of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic]. I fell in love as soon as I heard it.
8. Madonna’s “Into the Groove.” When I hear this song, I want to get drunk and start dancing on tables while screaming the lyrics. I love the extended version on the remix album, You Can Dance.
9. Alexander Robotnick’s “Problèmes D’Amour.” Robotnick is one of the godfathers of Italo-disco, and this is his classic. I’m in awe of him, because he’s still at it and has some great new stuff coming out, including a remix of one of my tracks.
10. “Together In Electric Dreams,” by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder. I can’t think of a more perfect sing-along anthem with which to end your night. It’s so epic and magical that it leaves you on a high.
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Photo by Scott Pasfield. Styling by Bryan Levandowski.