May 7, 2009

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La RouxIn For The Kill (Skream Remix)

You can’t not love La Roux. It’s impossible. Elly Jackson‘s voice is angelic; they (Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid) are essentially an overnight superstar success story and yet they come across as completely down to earth and unassuming; and they write and produce awesome Electronic Pop tracks full of vocal melody Pop-hooks, squelchy bass, ethereal synths, and disjointed quirky dance beats. The self-titled debut album  is set for release on the 29th of June, and if Myspace samples of tracks such as Tigerlily, and of course the massive single In For The Kill, are anything to go by it’s going to be an absolute must have.

I wrote the review of La Roux on the Great Escape Festival website before I really knew anything about the outfit and arguably before they were quite such a phenomenon, and I think it’s fair to say it wasn’t my proudest literary moment. Now of course it’s a little too late to write this piece as a ‘check these guys out: they’re gonna be big’ story, so you’ll be relieved to know that’s not the angle I’m taking here. Actually, I’ve just discovered the Skream remix of In For The Kill. Skream takes an upbeat, disjointed and quirky synth-pop track and makes it a foreboding, brooding, ominous and melancholy Dubstep end of night floor filler (a phrase I’ve used twice recently.. I have noticed!) Jackson‘s voice is doused in delay and hovers and haunts over a pulsing synthesized bass sound and a sampled breakbeat kick and snare loop, high on the attack and heavy on the reverb. The track ebbs out toward the end, before dropping into full Drum ‘n’ Bass enormity, and, I’m assured by my Dubstep-night-dwelling friends, that this is the only track to finish off a night these days. Click the link at the top and check it out!

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