Published Mar 20, 2009In case your Francais is a little rusty, the name means "red-haired one" and 20-year-old Brixton native Elly Jackson, or La Roux, if you will, wears it well. Much like she wears her '80s influences, most obviously in that Flock of Seagulls do of hers. This '80s love is just as dominant in her music, which borrows heavily from the likes of Yazoo, Heaven 17 and Speak & Spell-era Depeche Mode. Assisted by co-writer/producer Ben Langmaid, Jackson released her first single, "Quicksand," on the highly respected Kitsuné label out of Paris, but has now signed to Polydor, which is set to release her debut LP this year. On top of that, La Roux is currently supporting Lily Allen's UK tour.
La Roux's delicious new single, "In For the Kill" (the video for which finds Jackson fully embracing her decade of choice, speeding along in a classic Toyota MR2, which, erm, looks as cool as you'd imagine it would), features some icy, high-pitched wails from Jackson and pulse-pounding beats. But it's the "Let's Get Ravey Mix" by dubstep producer Skream that really kills it. Stripping it of any '80s hang ups, Skream keeps it bare, floating in a black hole of echo before he slowly works in a sly dubstep beat and by the 4:10 mark, finally delivers on that "ravey" promise with an onslaught of drum & bass.
La Roux are set to hit the Drake Underground in Toronto on April 5. For more information click here.
La Roux "In For the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix)