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After her return with two killer tracks ‘Let Me Down Gently’ and ‘Uptight Downtown’, La Roux has announced her first show in Ireland in a while with a gig in the Academy in Dublin on Thursday November 20th this year.
Tickets are €21 plus fee on sale tomorrow at 9am but I have the first pair of tickets to giveaway to the show and will give them away today before the tickets go on sale.
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‘Uptight Downtown’ has a Talking Heads-style guitar chug to it, or a Bowie ‘Let’s Dance’ vibe to its shimmer. It’s certainly a more obvious radio pop song in its light-hearted brevity than ‘Let Me Down Gently’. The album is released on July 4th.
After five years, Elly Jackson returns with some synth-pop atmospherics that references her old sound but moves it on. It looks like producer partner Ben Langsmaid is not involved in new album Trouble In Paradise, though that’s still unconfirmed.
It’s been FIVE YEARS since La Roux released her Bulletproof debut album. ‘In For The Kill’ and particularly its Skream remix dominated the summer (at least my summer) and La Roux’s eighties synth-pop was a few years ahead of the trend, and much more on-point in terms of production in sounds of that era.
So a return to new music when your music so closely conjured up the spirit of another era, a long time later, is a tricky one to navigate. But La Roux, on new song ‘Let Me Down Gently’ manages to leave her past behind without leaving the past behind.
It’s an effortlessly cool pop song, drawing on synth sound and production of the eighties era (with a bit of in-vogue sax) and slow-build towards a funky-bass crescendo. It’s Elly Jackson’s vocals that stand out ultimately, an indication that the singer will able to adapt and change her sound for a new time.
“I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m young, foolish and green. Let me in for a minute, you’re not my life – but I want you in it.”
La Roux’s second album Trouble In Paradise is out in July on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Chilly Gonzales features on two tracks of the nine below and Jackson played and provided vocals on most of it as well as co-produced it with Ian Sherwin.
Trouble In Paradise” tracklist:
1. Uptight Downtown 2. Kiss and Not Tell 3. Cruel Sexuality 4. Paradise Is You 5. Sexotheque 6. Tropical Chancer 7. Silent Partner 8. Let Me Down Gently 9. The Feeling
LAZERPROOF TRACKLISTING 1. Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein) 2. Colourless Artibella 3. I’m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes ‘N‘ Villains Remix ft. Gucci Mane 4. Independent Kill ft. Candi Redd 5. Keep It Fascinating 6. Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub) 7. In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream 8. Houstatlantavegas Pains ft Drake 9. Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend) ft. Rusko 10. Can’t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix) 11. Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub) ft. Amanda Blank 12. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit) 13. I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate) ft. Opal 14. Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian
Remember those times when you picked up a music magazine or a weekly music paper and read a playlist of what that publication’s writers were playing in the office that week? There was power in those playlist charts.
Here is my nod to that staple. No great fanfare, just ten of the best song around right now I’ve been playing lots of.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the announcement of the shortlist for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize and the BBC Music Blog have asked various blogs (myself included) to give their thoughts on a possible shortlist. The Mercury Prize is awarded to albums of any genre, with the only key entry condition being that they had a UK/Ireland release between July 15 2008 and July 13 2009 (full rules here). Where possible, I’ve linked the album name to the Spotify page so you can listen yourself. So let’s start building my list: (more…)
Remember those archaic days when you picked up a magazine or newspaper and saw a playlist of what people were into that week. There is power in those subjective charts. No great fanfare or descriptions just ten of the best song around right now you should know or you might already know.
I’ve heard some lukewarm reaction to this song around the place but if this is pop music, then welcome the fuck back pop. I do think the video distracts slightly from the awesomeness of the song. Stuck on repeat.
There’s a cool Zinc remix of the tune floating around at the moment too. Don’t think it’s approved to post but there’s an external stream after the jump. (more…)
Hey folks – Aoife here again. As I type, it’s late Sunday night/early Monday morning and Niall is running around the flat packing for SXSW. Bless him, he’s been RSVPing to parties all weekend. My heart bleeds for him, it really does.
After a bit of a delay, our March podcast is ready. Hope you enjoy it.