How would you describe 'New In Town'?
"I think it's very colourful, poppy and quite synthy - but not particularly eighties. The tempo is actually quite weird because we nicked the beat from a Flo Rida song. I don't think it really sounds like anything else which is why I wanted to do it. It's quite a good, bold introduction for people who've never heard of me. I've wanted it to be the first single for ages so I'm pretty pleased it is."
Where would you take someone who's new in town?
"I've only been living in London for a year so I only really know my immediate surroundings. My normal night out is going to my local and eating pie and doing karaoke. You get free pie if you sing, so it's always a good bet! I actually wrote the song when I was in Los Angeles. I was there for the first time and didn't really know anyone and was going a bit mad. I started going out on my own and met quite a few weirdos. I guess it focuses on the seedy side of life in LA and how isolating it can be."
Is it reflective of your upcoming album Hands?
"The album is a real mix of styles and influences. The single is quite different from other songs people have heard like 'Stuck On Repeat' and 'Meddle', which are both a bit darker and weirder. There's more pop stuff like 'New In Town' on there, but also some experimental songs. I think it's a good bridging song of what people should expect from it."
You topped the BBC Sound of 2009 poll. Has that piled on the pressure?
"It's opened a lot of doors for me and has had great repercussions. Do I wake up every day and think, 'I'm the most hotly-tipped artist for 2009 alongside Florence and The Machine - do I even need to bother getting out of bed?' No, at the end of the day I'm just a normal person and it doesn't directly affect my daily life. I have my moments of going a bit crazy, but most of the time I'm fine."
The press seem to be pitting you against fellow newcomers La Roux. What do you think about that?
"Haha... are we really that similar though? Or is it just that we both have vaginas and keyboards? I personally think we're very different. She's doing great though - getting to number two is pretty amazing."
Do you see any similarities between the two of you?
"I just think that you'd never get two guys who are both guitarists and say, 'Oh you're both really similar because you're both blokes and you play the guitar'. She's got a really interesting and high voice which is very different from mine. I think their stuff sounds like a lot of early Madonna in a really cool way. My stuff is not as eighties and it's a lot more varied in the reference points. The comparisons seem quite silly and a bit of a generalisation. It's not a competition. Everyone is trying to make good music and that's all that matters. Just so long as I'm not compared to Lady GaGa!"
You're not a fan?
"It's funny because nobody seems to have that many good things to say about her, but then she does really well. I don't think she really gives a crap though, which is kind of cool I guess. She says she's a work of art, a walking piece of art. Need I say more?"
You've just teamed up with Phil Oakey from Human League. How did that arise?
"I've always been a massive fan of the group so I approached Phil Oakey and he agreed to record a track with me. It's called 'Symmetry' and it's included on my album. I was so happy with how it turned out and it was such a privilege to be able to work with him."
If you could choose anyone in the whole world to duet with, who would it be?
"Ooh... tricky question. I would probably go for someone like Mariah Carey. She'd be quite good because we could have a big ball off. I'd lose terribly, but it would be really quite funny. I did a duet with Kid Cudi recently and he said he might want to record it."
You're known for being quite a pop enthusiast. Are you sad that things like Top Of The Pops and Smash Hits no longer exist?
"I definitely miss Top Of The Pops, but I'm sure it will eventually come back. There are a lot of different things you can do now, which I find really exciting. When people come up to me at gigs and have read something I posted online, it's really touching. I like that immediacy of sharing. You have a deeper connection with people than you would if you were on the cover of Smash Hits. I've pretty much publicly made my album and exposed it on my blog so it's demystifying the notion of a popstar."
How relevant do you think the singles chart is now?
"I would be overjoyed to get in the top ten but I don't think it's an accurate reflection of popularity or what people in this country are actually listening to. My younger brother has never bought a song in his life and he's a really big music fan. It's just the way the world is these days - you can get free music if you've got half a brain in your head. It's not realistic that it can really be stopped. What's important is that there are talented people out there making songs and interacting with people very personally. It's a new way of experiencing music and one which I think is really exciting."
Little Boots releases 'New In Town' on May 25. Her debut album Hands follows on June 8.