Grammy Artist profile- La Roux

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The 2011 Grammy Awards artist profiles at The Couch Sessions continue with a look at UK elctro/synthpop duo “La Roux” up for Best Dance Recording with their track “In For the Kill.”  The relative newcomers are up against much more established acts such as dance giant Goldfrapp, pop sensations Lady Gaga and Rihanna, and Swedish synthpop star Robyn.

La Roux (which appropriately means “red-haired one” in French) is made up of 22-year old singer Elly Jackson and co-producer/co-songwriter Ben Langmaid who came together in 2006 and hit the London underground scene by storm. To promote their debut album, La Roux supported Lily Allen on her UK tour in 2009 as well as headlined Samsung’s “NME Radar Tour” and had a stop at Lollapalooza.  2010 was a big year for the duo as they began touring and hit a number of the bigger European and UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds, and Reading, as well as made stops at Coachella and All Points West in the States.

I had first heard of La Roux back in May from a fellow Blipr at Blip.FM.  Later in the summer, I heard “In For the Kill” during the end credits of an episode of one of my favorite shows, “Entourage.”  I got excited as well when sent out a free download of the Grammy nominated track, superbly remixed by Dubstep producer “Skream.” The remix is called “Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix” and it strips down the dance beats from the opening of the original mix, allowing Jackson’s hauntingly beautiful vocals to be emphasized.  You can check out that remix here-

The original track is a great dance number with a thumping bass beat with an Eighties feel to it.  The melody has a robotic synthy sound made popular in the 80’s and reminded me of a certain famous Eurythmics track.

The track was initially released in the UK in March of 2009 to great acclaim but did not hit the US until August of the same year.  Their self-titled debut album is out now on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. We’ve included a video version of the US release below for your viewing enjoyment as well.

LaRoux is currently working on their next album and collaborating with an indie band which is rumored to be White Lies.  Enjoy the Grammys on Sunday!