La_Roux_-_Trouble_in_ParadiseBack in 2009, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid of La Roux released their self-titled debut and along with it pop anthems like “Bulletproof,” “In For the Kill,” and “Quicksand.” Five years later, Jackson and her songwriting/production partner, Langmaid are no longer working together–though he still receives credit on six of the nine tracks off of this month’s Trouble In Paradise. Jackson describes the album’s theme as “the feeling of emptiness in a place where there was once joy.” Trouble In Paradise carries a much slower tempo than her debut self-titled work. At the same time, it’s a much warmer and sexier record, influenced by late ‘70s and early ‘80s sci-fi disco as well as dub and ragga. The bouncy pop song, “Kiss and Not Tell” slightly echoes the sound of 2009’s “Quicksand” and “Bulletproof.” Standout track “Tropical Chancer” is, as its name might imply, inspired by the island music of calypso and dancehall. While “Let Me Down Gently” is filled with dance floor rhythms and a steady electronic beat. Watch the music video for “Let Me Down Gently” on VEVO. La Roux kicks off her U.S./European tour on September 19! Check out a list of the dates here.

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