La Roux brings back 80’s synth with Bulletproof – Song of the Week

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If there’s one thing I have a soft spot for it’s 21st century music that is dripping in 80’s synths and beats. Even though some of my contemporaries are so greatly inspired by the 70’s, I feel that the 80’s were my formative years. The years when I wished I  knew better but didn’t. The years when I would actually save up to buy a cassette tape and when music wasn’t as free and easy as it is today.

I first heard La Roux on New Now Next, a music program on the gay cable channel (LOGO). They feature gay artists or artists that would appeal to gay people regardless of their sexuality. La Roux has yet to debut their CD in the U.S. although one of her singles has already charted here “Quicksand” and I’d also heard “In for the Kill”, which debuted at number 11 in the UK, what really got me was when I heard “Bulletproof”, which is every bit as good as anything from Human League or Yazoo (Yaz in the states).

La Roux is Elly Jackson (vocalist and co-writer) + Ben Langmaid (producer and co-writer). Jackson’s image is that of androgyny but in a different, less severe way than Annie Lennox in Sweet Dreams. Her voice is just write for the sort of beats and synths that Langmaid concocts and “Bulletproof”, which was released on my birthday, June 22, will definitely be a contender for single of the year.

Read more about LaRoux on Wikipedia or Enjoy their My Space page. Click on the .mp3 link below to listen.

Bulletproof by La Roux
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Author: John Vasko

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  • Chris

    Good choice, I think its my single of the year so far, utterly infectious. My favourite part is the synth line which comes in after the breakdown about 2/3 of the way through. Much as I love Yazoo, which this most reminds me of, revisiting their lps recently I have to say La Roux has updated the sound somewhat much in the same way Madonna (or should I say Stuart Price) ‘improved’ on ABBA with ‘Hung Up’.
    Feel free to take issue with such sacriligeous comments!

  • Chris

    Good choice, I think its my single of the year so far, utterly infectious. My favourite part is the synth line which comes in after the breakdown about 2/3 of the way through. Much as I love Yazoo, which this most reminds me of, revisiting their lps recently I have to say La Roux has updated the sound somewhat much in the same way Madonna (or should I say Stuart Price) ‘improved’ on ABBA with ‘Hung Up’.
    Feel free to take issue with such sacriligeous comments!

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    @Chris
    Yes, I listened to it again and know that part about 2/3 of the way through. Excellent. I agree with the sacriligious comments actually. Hung up is certainly better than MoneyX3 and the best thing Madonna’s done since Ray of Light.

  • John

    @Chris
    Yes, I listened to it again and know that part about 2/3 of the way through. Excellent. I agree with the sacriligious comments actually. Hung up is certainly better than MoneyX3 and the best thing Madonna’s done since Ray of Light.