:: “Bloody brilliant.” (Tim Jonze, The Guardian)
Five years ago, Brixton-born writer, singer and producer Elly Jackson debuted with the self-titled debut LP of her electropop project La Roux. The acclaimed album became a major, worldwide success and won the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance album in 2011. This presented Jackson with a lot of pressure in writing the follow-up and the went on a three-year hiatus. When La Roux’s sophomore LP Trouble in Paradise was ultimately announced last April, Jackson also revealed that she had parted from the other half of her project, longtime collaborator and producer Ben Langmaid, and that she would continue as sole member.
Trouble In Paradise officially drops in the UK/Europe on July 21, 2014 via Polydor Ltd. North American release follows on July 22. The album will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy directly from La Roux’s Store. Additionally, the official shop offers a limited Deluxe Box set including gatefold LP and signed CD of Trouble In Paradise, download code for high resolution audio files and a t-shirt.
The set of nine tracks is streaming entirely via iTunes Radio (North America only) or La Roux’s website. Initially recorded with Langmaid in a converted barn near Devon, Trouble in Paradise was completed with producer Ian Sherwin after the split from Langmaid. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, La Roux described the work with Sherwin, who also co-wrote several of the songs, as challenging: “I’m a guitarist and Ian’s a bassist, so we’d build a rough groove, jam along with it for an hour, find the best bits, and go back to that groove. We built it in a very natural, organic way.”
Let Me Down Gently is the wonderful lead single off of Trouble In Paradise. The official video is directed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and reflects the song’s atmosphere visually. Watch the clip above and check out the teaser single Tropical Chancer (my favourite track on Trouble In Paradise) and Uptight Downtown.
A preview of all nine tracks is streaming below (via Soundcloud). La Roux has a handful of European festival dates coming up in August. She will also touring North America with a string of 11 dates in September and 18 European shows in November/December, you can check out the schedule below.
01. Uptight Downtown
02. Kiss And Not Tell
03. Cruel Sexuality
04. Paradise Is You
06. Tropical Chancer
07. Silent Partner
08. Let Me Down Gently
09. The Feeling
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 16 Aug 2014 // Piestany, Slovakia // Grape Festival 2014
Sun 17 Aug 2014 // Budapest, Hungary // Sziget Festival 2014
Sun 24 Aug 2014 // Paris, France // Rock En Seine
Thu 18 Sep 2014 // Vancouver, BC, Canada // Commodore Ballroom
Fri 19 Sep 2014 // Seattle, WA, USA // The Showbox
Sat 20 Sep 2014 // Portland, OR, USA // Wonder Ballroom
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
music OMH – La Roux – Trouble In Paradise [Review]
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