La Roux

Elly Jackson in La Roux's "Kiss And Not Tell" video

Elly Jackson in La Roux’s “Kiss and Not Tell” video

If only commercials for phone sex hotlines were really this aesthetically pleasing…

La Roux’s video for “Kiss and Not Tell” features bold colors, old school telephones and singer Elly Jackson in a commercial for a phone sex hotline.

It’s enough to make you seriously consider buying a keyboard-shaped house phone and painting your walls bright yellow.

Jackson’s conversations stay pretty PG in the visuals, but, based on their facial expressions, her colleagues are getting down and dirty.

If this video makes you consider calling the number on the screen, do it. You won’t get a phone sex operator, but you will get to hear the bouncy single again and leave a message.

“Kiss and Not Tell” is from La Roux’s latest album Trouble In Paradise. The album marks Jackson’s first project without former group member Ben Langmaid. Continue reading

Polydor

Polydor

With less than a week to go before La Roux’s sophomore album Trouble in Paradise is released, snippets of each of the album’s songs have been uploaded to the singer’s official website.

Trouble In Paradise marks the second album for La Roux, but the first for Elly Jackson without the group’s co-founder Ben Langmaid. Don’t worry, though, Jackson said she’s been doing all of the work all along anyway.

“I never complained when the two of you were lip-singing to my vocals in some of the videos and onstage. In fact, I only helped our contributions appear equal to the public.”

Just kidding. That was Beyonce circa 2001, although Jackson’s remarks about Langmaid do sound eerily similar (read them here).

Breakup drama aside, if the other songs are anything like the previously released “Uptight Downtown,” “Tropical Chancer” and “Let Me Down Gently” then we’re all in for a real treat.

Listen to the snippets here.

Polydor

Polydor

La Roux’s latest release sounds just as tropical as it’s title would suggest. The repetitive cut, the latest from the singer’s forthcoming album Lost in Paradise isn’t as moody as “Let Me Down Gently” or as infectious as “Uptight Downtown,” but it’s still a solid choice, especially for a summer project. The lyrics aren’t quite as sunny as the production would suggest, though. But you probably already knew that. This is La Roux we’re talking about.

Anyway, I’m willing to bet this song makes you crave one of those fruity beverages with a cocktail umbrellas.

Trouble in Paradise will be released July 8.

Listen to “Tropical Chancer” over on Pigeons and Planes. Continue reading

Cherrytree/Interscope

Cherrytree/Interscope

If you’re still looking for a summer anthem, you might want to add La Roux’s new release to the list of contenders.

“Uptight Downtown,” the lead single from La Roux aka Elly Jackson’s forthcoming sophomore album, is a shimmering pop production with bouncy guitar and synth riffs, an infectious bassline and a soaring chorus.

If “Let Me Down Gently,” the album’s buzz single was too moody for you, this song should do the trick.

La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise will be released in July.

It was recently revealed that former La Roux member producer Ben Langmaid parted ways with Jackson before she started working on the new album. Continue reading

Elly Jackson in "Let Me Down Gently" video

Elly Jackson in “Let Me Down Gently” video

La Roux’s frontwoman Elly Jackson frees herself in the video for the duo’s latest single “Let Me Down Gently.” The video starts off with Jackson in a dark room. She stares off and sulks for the first half of the video until the camera pans and tilts to reveal a small window. In the following shot, the singer can be seen running through a sunny field just in time for the song’s saxophone solo.

La Roux is planning to release their sophomore album Trouble in Paradise on July 7. Continue reading

Polydor

Polydor

La Roux is back! The “Bulletproof” duo has released “Let Me Down Gently” and revealed plan to release a new album over the summer.

“Let Me Down Gently” is a ballad, packing less punch than the songs the group is known for. The track is a moody synth-pop gem that finds frontwoman Elly Jackson asking her lover to let her down gently. “You’re not my life, but I want you in it,” she sings as atmospheric sounds swell behind her. Then there’s a pause. And then the music continues, with an increase in instruments and sounds as Jackson’s vocals remain the same.

La Roux’s sophomore album Trouble in Paradise is scheduled to be released July 7.

Listen to the new release and view the album tracklisting below. Continue reading

Governors Ball

Governors Ball

Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend will headline Governors Ball in New York this year. According to Billboard, the festival announced its lineup by placing a full-page ad in the New York Times. News of Outkast headlining was first announced last week.

Janelle Monae, Disclosure, Foster the People, J. Cole, Empire of the Sun, James Blake, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, La Roux, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels and Skrillex are just a few of the acts set to perform.

The Governors Ball will take place June 6-8 on Randall’s Island in New York City.

I was sampling Melody Thornton’s new mixtape P.O.Y.B.L. (Piss On Your Black List) and I came across a really cool cover of La Roux’s “Bulletproof.” With the help of Bobby Newberry, Melody’s managed to transform the aggressive track and give it this really acoustic, emotional type of vibe. With the exception of a few notes towards the end, I really love this cover.

I was pleasantly surprised by the entire mixtape, actually. This is a really solid effort on Melody’s part, and I really think leaning more towards R&B instead of Pop (like the Pussycat Dolls) suits her.

Take a listen to “Bulletproof” and the rest of the mixtape below!!!

What do you think? What’s your favorite song from P.O.Y.B.L.

If you haven’t seen the video for Lipstick & Guilt you can watch it here.

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We all fell in love with La Roux after her hugeeeee hit “Bulletproof.” Her latest single “In For The Kill” has the same kind of electric energy and though I honestly can’t understand a word shes saying I think I like it!!

La Roux’s debut, self-titled album is in stores now.

This is the second video La Roux has shot for this song. The original one can be seen here.