La Roux, “Bulletproof”
Summertime and dancefloor anthems go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. Like . . . bread and butter. Like, yeah, toast and jamz. Released just in time for the season, La Roux‘s Gold EP gives us the 80s-influenced synth-pop hit “Bulletproof,” a dancefloor jam in the vein of British New Wave heroes Erasure and the Human League.
The key difference here is vocalist Elly Jackson, who’s got her own spin on that mostly male-dominated era in music: She’s a tough chick with a fierce independent streak—think Beth Ditto, La Gaga—and she styles herself more like David Bowie and Tilda Swinton than like other sex-fixated pop singers her age (*cough* Ke$ha *cough*).
The Brit duo (with keyboardist/songwriter Ben Langmaid) has been a hit in the UK since releasing their self-titled debut last year: They were nominated for the Mercury Prize, and Jackson is already a fashion icon for coolies on the other side of the pond. They’re doing some damage stateside too, with “Bulletproof” creeping up the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts and a slot on this spring’s Lillith Fair Festival.
Buy the EP here. Tour dates after the jump.
|7/14/2010||4th & B Concert Theater||San Diego, CA|
|7/15/2010||Club Nokia at L.A. Live||Los Angeles, CA|
|7/17/2010||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre||Chicago, IL|
|7/18/2010||Canterbury Park||Shakopee, MN, United States|
|7/20/2010||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater||Maryland Heights, MO|
|7/21/2010||DTE Energy Music Theatre||Clarkston, MI|
|7/27/2010||9:30 Club||Washington, DC|
|7/28/2010||Rams Head Live!||Baltimore, MD, United States|
|7/31/2010||Variety Playhouse||Atlanta, GA|
|8/1/2010||The Social||Orlando, FL, United States|
|8/4/2010||Culture Room||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|8/6/2010||Mansion||Miami Beach, FL, United States|