You might not be aware of it, but you probably already know BOOTS. In fact, if, like me, you enjoy listening to music, you’re probably intimately familiar with his work. A young producer, songwriter and uppercase typography zealot who lists Run The Jewels, FKA Twigs and Beyoncé (including backing vocals on ‘Drunk In Love,’ no less) on an already-impressive curriculum vitae, ‘AQUΛRIA’ is his debut album proper. And while he’s done a strong job of creating a cohesive sound – no mean feat on a debut – the collection stays interesting by nimbly sliding up and down the full spectrum of modern pop.

Shades of hip hop (‘Brooklyn Gamma’ and ‘C.U.R.E.’ sound like they were conceived in an RTJ brainstorm), trip hop (see ‘Gallows’), pounding electronica (‘Bombs Away’), straight forward rock (‘In Run Roulette’) and even piano ballads (‘Only’) ensure that boredom is kept from the door. The fact that BOOTS possesses a tenor vocal remarkably akin to Josh Homme doesn’t hurt. A solid first outing without being brilliant, ‘AQUΛRIA’ suggests that there’s much more to come.

Boots is on the cover our November 2015 edition. Read it here.


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