CURRENT: La Roux – “Let Me Down Gently”

La Roux is finally back! After an extended hiatus, Elly Jackson has resurrected her breakthrough late 2000s electro-pop musical outfit, this time with producer Ian Sherwin (2009’s self-titled release was co-written and co-produced by Ben Langmaid). The first half of “Let Me Down Gently,” the first single from her forthcoming album Trouble in Paradise, preaches minimalist values, featuring Jackson singing over a sparse, hazy backdrop. It sounds closest to Skream’s phenomenal reworking of “In For the Kill,” as the sonics revolve around that affecting, phenomenal voice. And just when you think Jackson drops the curtain on the track just before it can truly take off, the song’s second half kicks in, supplying more urgency along with its arrival. “I know there’s still a place for me,” she sings during the latter half. She would know. She’s standing right where she belongs.

Trouble in Paradise is out 8 July in the U.S. via Cherrytree/Interscope, and a day earlier internationally through Polydor.


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