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La Roux (originally Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, the former doing the singing) are a British group who were very much "Best Newcomer" circa 2009, though it took them until 2014 to finally follow through with a second LP, by which time Langmaid was out of the picture.

Their style is best described as electro-pop. Four of the tracks from their first Self-Titled Album have been released as singles:

  • "Quicksand". Got them noticed but barely bothered the charts.
  • "In for the Kill". UK number # 2.
  • "Bulletproof". UK number # 1 and straight in too. This was even more surprising considering it was released on the week of the death of Michael Jackson.
  • "I'm Not Your Toy". UK #27.

The second album, Trouble In Paradise, was released in July 2014. Later in 2020, they released their third album, "Supervision" in February 7.

Not to be confused with LeRoux, a Louisiana country-rock band which had its heyday in the late '70s and early '80s.

This time, baby, I'll be trope proof:

  • Bifauxnen: Elly has an androgynous appearance similar to an feminine young man.
  • Cool Shades: Elly sports a red goggle-like pair in the "In For the Kill" video.
  • Garfunkel: Ben Langmaid, who receives much less focus recognition than Elly.
  • The Ghost: Ben Langmaid. He did turn up to the Grammys (they won for Best Electronic/Dance Album) but otherwise is rarely seen in public.
  • I Am the Band: Elly Jackson is the only full member of La Roux now, Langmaid having left at some point in their post-debut hiatus over Musical Differences.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "La Roux" is of course supposed to be French; Jackson took the phrase "la rousse", but instead used the masculine term "roux" (meaning a male redhead) because she herself is androgynous (something she likes doing, apparently). Unfortunately, this also ends up turning it into "the fried-flour thickening agent"—which is also masculine, but that's sort of beside the point.