Photo: Simon Procter
The countdown continues to the imminent release of La Roux’s highly anticipated sophomore album “Trouble In Paradise” with the subsequent unveiling of another album track “Tropical Chancer”.
As Elly Jackson has dutifully enlightened us over recent weeks to some of the reasoning behind La Roux’s prolonged 5 year absence from the music scene, (due to the parting of ways with Ben Langmaid and vocal burnout) the resulting change in vocal direction is at it’s most noticeable yet on the new countdown track.
Propelled with a swaggering Soca tropical beat behind it and coupled with the distinct chic funkiness of a Nile Rodgers borrowed slap and bass, bassline. Elly produces a more grounded and fuller sounding mid-range vocal style than the previous higher pitched signature sound that carried through the former self-titled debut.
Although distinctive, the initial vocal style divided opinion, an actuality that isn’t so readily explored on “Tropical Chancer” at all.
Indeed, “Tropical Chancer” may not be so immediate as either “Let Me Down Gently” or “Uptight Downtown”, but it does fully capture Jackson’s more controlled vocal style, whilst showing out a stylishly contemporary reinvented disco edge.
Both “Tropical Chancer” and “Let Me Down Gently” are available for instant download when Pre-ordering the album “Trouble In Paradise”