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Meaning "red-haired one" in French, La Roux is the synth pop project of flame-haired singer/songwriter Elly Jackson and keyboardist/producer Ben Langmaid. Before they collaborated, Jackson, the daughter of actress Trudie Goodwin, grew up listening to folk artists and singer/songwriters like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, and drew inspiration from their sounds for her early music. However, Jackson's style changed as she got into the rave scene, taking her music in a more electronic direction. Meanwhile, Langmaid had gone to school with Rollo from Faithless, and the two recorded as house duo Huff & Puff in the mid-'90s; Langmaid also recorded as Atomic and as one half of Huff & Herb for Rollo's label, and was a songwriter for the group Kubb. Jackson and Langmaid began working together in 2006, when they were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Initially, they called their project Automan and wrote largely acoustic music before scrapping that name and sound for the sleek Prince, David Bowie, and the Knife-inspired style they pursued as La Roux, a moniker Jackson found in a book of baby names. Their debut single, "Quicksand," was released by Kitsune in fall 2008, and earned the band acclaim from the BBC and The Guardian. La Roux supported Lily Allen on her 2009 U.K. tour around the time their second single, "In for the Kill," was released that spring and debuted at 11 on the U.K. charts, reaching a peak position of two; that summer, the single "Bulletproof" debuted at number one a week before La Roux's self-titled album was released. La Roux arrived in the States that fall. Late that year, the duo began working on new material that steered away from the heavy '80s influence of the debut. In early 2010, Skream's remix of "In for the Kill" won Best Dancefloor Filler at the NME Shockwave Awards. That summer, "Bulletproof" entered the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, and La Roux released the mix album Sidetracked. In 2011, Jackson and Langmaid took a hiatus from touring to concentrate on making their second album. Seeking a more organic sound for their new material, Jackson confirmed that she would be playing instruments on this album. However, during the recording process, Langmaid departed, citing artistic differences, leaving Jackson to continue La Roux as a solo project. Working with several other songwriters as well as engineer Ian Sherwin to complete the record, she released the disco and reggae-inflected Trouble in Paradise in July 2014. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
La Roux

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    La Roux

    9 songs

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    Trouble in Paradise

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    Quicksand

    10 songs

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    La Roux: Gold Edition

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    Gold

    1 song

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    Uptight Downtown

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    Tropical Chancer

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    Uptight Downtown

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    Let Me Down Gently

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    In for the Kill

    4 songs

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    In for the Kill [Remixes]

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    In for the Kill

    8 songs

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    In For The Kill [Remixes]

    5 songs

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    Bulletproof [Remixes]

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    iTunes Live: London Festival '09 - EP

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    Quicksand - EP

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    La Roux

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    Sidetracked


Top Songs by
La Roux

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  2.   Bulletproof
  3.   In For The Kill
  4.   Quicksand
  5.   I'm Not Your Toy
  6.   Armour Love
  7.   Tigerlily
  8.   Fascination
  9.   Colourless Colour
  10.   Uptight Downtown
  11.   Let Me Down Gently
  12.   As If By Magic
  13.   Tropical Chancer
  14.   Cover My Eyes
  15.   Silent Partner
  16.   Kiss and Not Tell
  17.   Under My Thumb
  18.   Reflections Are Protection
  19.   Paradise Is You
  20.   Finally My Saviour
  21.   The Feeling
  22.   Cruel Sexuality
  23.   Growing Pains
  24.   Sexotheque
  25.   (You Are My) All and All by Joyce Sims
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