La Roux's tour kicks off on June 1st in Toronto at the Danford Music Hall and concludes on July 13th at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in support of New Order and this announcement must surely lead to news of the much delayed second album that was rumoured to have been completed and then delayed by Polydor possibly due to the usual artistic & contractual wrangles that blighted Little Boots career a few years back. In contrast to these rumours, NME.com yesterday posted this new quote from Elly: 'I realised the album I wanted to make would require me being a much better musician than I was. There's been a lot of learning and it's been fun and I didn't want it to stop, basically.'
Following a few warm up dates including a gig in Brixton last March where some very catchy new tracks were performed, rumours surfaced that the new recording sessions have had production input from Chic's Nile Rodgers and his recent success with Daft Punk and various festival appearances including Bestival 2013 may well have pushed back the La Roux follow-up.
The question is will La Roux's 2009 following be waiting for her in 2014 when new material is finally released? A gap of five years between pop albums is unprecedented for an act that took over the airwaves with a debut album. My humble guess is that a sizeable audience will still welcome the new album given how memorable those La Roux singles were back in 2009 with the Skream remix still a modern classic. La Roux is also likely to be more welcome over in the States where the debut won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album a year or so after it was released in the UK but time will tell.
By odd coincidence, I picked up a vinyl copy of La Roux's debut for just £2.50 and it arrived through the post this morning. At that price, I was expecting a few scuff marks on the vinyl and quite a few pops but it all looks and plays beautifully. It is still a surprise in 2014 that such a refreshingly retro sounding album with obscure and loving production nods to Blancmange managed to break into the mainstream back in the Spring of 2009. Back then, electronic pop was fleetingly back in vogue. Electronically Yours was attracting in the region of 40,000 unique visits per month and various newspapers were covering new electronic bands yet the success of La Roux is still wonderfully surprising though I do remember Elly dividing the EY readership back then. Listening to the album again now on vinyl and it is still something of a foot tapper with a couple of tracks that were really crying out for a single release ('Tigerlilly' being one of them).
The front cover has a black sticker with a quote from NME saying 'The final word in the synth-pop generation' which sadly turned out to be true as there hasn't been an electro-pop album since that has had the same mainstream success as 'La Roux'.
Update: La Roux's new album 'Trouble in Paradise' will now be released July 7th on Polydor according to label press release in France - source: thisisfake.com
Guardian music journalist Tim Jonze was lucky enough to hear the new La Roux album and on March 21st he tweeted that it's 'bloody brilliant'.
Here's a 2009 gem (another one that should've been a single).
La Roux official site