When British synthpop duo La Roux broke onto the scene in the late-’00s, they were “Bulletproof.” Then they went “poof,” and we weren’t sure if we were going to hear from Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid ever again.
Five years after a pretty remarkable debut record — boasting powerhouse electro-pop singles like “In For The Kill,” “Quicksand,” “I’m Not Your Toy,” the aforementioned “Bulletproof” — La Roux is back as a Jackson solo effort, and today she let her hair down and unveiled new single “Let Me Down Gently.”
The track is off La Roux’s sophomore record Trouble In Paradise, out July 7 via Polydor.
The comeback single is a slow-burner synth jam that hits the gas ever-so-gently midway through, bubbling over what appears to be a saxophone in the best use of the instrument since M83’s “Midnight City.”
Listen to the track below, which is worth the five-year wait, and check La Roux’s summer tour dates. Her run hits the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on June 3 and features a pair of West Coast dates with New Order.
La Roux 2014 Tour Dates
06-01 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
06-02 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis 06-03 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
06-06 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06-07 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
06-08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
07-01 London, England – Conway Hall
07-11 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
07-12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
07-13 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
11-05 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
11-07 Leeds, England – Metropolitan University
11-08 Birmingham, England – The Institute
11-10 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
11-14 Norwich, England – UEA
11-15 Oxford, England – O2 Academy
11-16 Manchester, England – Ritz