new album released Sept 29th
from the album - Bulletproof
La Roux (pronounced /laˈruː/) is a British electropop synth duo band made up of singer Eleanor "Elly" Jackson, and synth player, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid. Jackson describes their respective roles as "very much a half and half sharing situation... not like a singer producer outfit", but also recognizing that it often can "look like a solo act". Their music is influenced by 1980s synthpop including Yazoo, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Blancmange.
In 2006 Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend. Their first project was named "Automan" and they wrote largely acoustic music.
La Roux's first single, "Quicksand", was released by independent record label Kitsunι Music in December 2008. They then signed to Polydor Records in order to release their debut album.
La Roux's second single "In for the Kill" was released on 16 March, 2009, and prominent dubstep producer Skream has created a remix of the track as well as one being made by Lifelike. "In for the Kill" debuted at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart on 22 March 2009, peaking at number 2 to date. Bulletproof was released on the 22 June 2009 and debuted at # 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was released on 11 August, 2009 in the United States and topped the Dance/Club Play chart the week of September 17. I'm Not Your Toy is scheduled for 28 September release. On the 10th September, Elly confirmed in a magazine interview that As if By Magic would be the 5th track from the album to be released as a single.
In order to promote La Roux, the band were the supporting act on Lily Allen's UK tour of March 2009. La Roux headlined the Samsung NME Radar Tour 2009 and played alongside Magistrates, Heartbreak and The Chapman Family. They were scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury, Reading, Oxegen and Leeds festivals as well as the Scala, Southend Chinnerys and Coventry Kasbah venues. In July and August 2009 La Roux toured North America. The 8 city tour included performances at the Montreal Osheaga Festival, All Points West Festival, and the Lollapalooza event. On 23 July the group performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The group will return to North America for a 7 date tour in October. The group sold out their two Australian dates within minutes forcing an upgrade in venues. November will see the duo embark on an 11 date United Kingdom and Ireland tour. La Roux gained fifth position on the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll. The Guardian website featured La Roux on their new band of the day column. The Guardian also featured La Roux as one of the "Best New Acts of 2009" in the January of that year. The album has been nominated for a Mercury Prize.
La Roux plans to wait until they finish touring, which will be well into 2010 before doing major work a second album. They do not want to rush things and do not plan on bringing in a big name producer.
album review from all music guide
It took just over six months for La Roux to go from issuing their first single on Kitsune to topping the U.K. charts. That's a swift rise one that was years in the making, of course but after hearing their self-titled debut, it's easy to understand their sudden fame: La Roux's take on '80s synth pop is as unique as it is familiar. La Roux's inspirations, which include Blancmange and the Eurythmics, might be decades old and well-known, but their spare coldness can still sound weird, and La Roux shows just how committed they are to that chilly oddness and catchiness. They use only the brittlest drums and tinniest synths on these songs if anything, it feels like La Roux's gear is more limited than the original group's were. They even have the proper synth pop lineup: La Roux is a duo (though singer Elly Jackson gets most of the limelight). However, their devotion transcends kitsch, even if Jackson's asymmetrical copper wedge of a hairdo suggests otherwise. It also sounds remarkably relevant. Robyn and the Knife are kindred spirits, and in a sea of hyper-feminized pop singers, Jackson's androgyny is as arresting as Annie Lennox's was a quarter-century earlier. Yet La Roux aren't purists. "Tigerlily"'s tough-girl stance mixes 8-bit arpeggios with a creepy, "Thriller"-style spoken word bridge, and "Reflections Are Protection"'s bass and synths nod to electro. While style is a large part of La Roux's substance, it never feels slick, and that's due to Jackson's voice as much as it is the group's intentionally stiff sounds in fact, it's the way that her vocals interact with those sounds that makes these songs so dynamic. Jackson can be shrill and almost synthetic-sounding when she hits high notes, especially on the breakout hit "In for the Kill," but her lower register which she uses beautifully on "Colourless Colour" is throaty and very human. Her characters are either running toward or away from desperate love affairs, but like other skilled popsmiths, La Roux know how to give pain a sweet and shiny veneer. Nowhere is this clearer than on "Quicksand," which uses a relentlessly tight arrangement and Jackson's frosty soulfulness to give the song's obsession a shot of excitement. And though the chart-topping "Bulletproof" is feisty and "As If by Magic" is wistful, both songs use wishes and daydreams as armor against further heartache. La Roux's dedication to their aesthetic makes this an album where the songs are variations on a theme, and on the rare occasion where the songwriting isn't razor-sharp, the style threatens to overtake the substance. However, that devotion also makes La Roux a standout, not just among the many other '80s revivalists, but the entire late-2000s pop landscape.
1."In for the Kill" 4:08
5."Colourless Colour" 3:28
6."I'm Not Your Toy" 3:18
7."Cover My Eyes" 4:32
8."As if By Magic" 3:51
10."Reflections Are Protection" 4:18
11."Armour Love" 3:53