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.
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