17 July 2014

LA ROUX - "UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN" (ELECTRO-POP, UK)


Five years ago the charts were heavily dominated by a resurgent electro movement. The likes of Friendly Fires, Little Boots and La Roux splattered quizzical digital sounds with commercially astute pop music to provide a new angle on the genre. It proved to be a massive hit. That was five years ago. Things have changed. 

Elly Jackson is back at last. The extremely talented soloist has been knuckled down in the studio, honing her individualistic sound further and polishing off her next album, the highly anticipated "Trouble In Paradise". Single "Uptight Downtown" is an instantly recognisable progression from Jackson's previous workings; razored electronica, haphazard soundboards and artistic eclecticism have all been diluted into something altogether more wholesome and satisfying. Strident beats and a sauntering tempo move forward with determination in La Roux's latest venture; written about the Brixton Riots, the slithering guitar arrangements and haunting coos of Jackson exude eighties musicality and synth riddled solace. Infectiously golden. Interestingly, no one else seems to have noticed the seemingly ingenious inclusion of Abba's "Lay All Your Love On Me" on a continuous background loop. Typical La Roux. Electro-pop has returned.

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