La Roux’s Elly Jackson on split from Ben Langmaid: ‘There wasn’t a lot of understanding’

New album 'Trouble In Paradise' set to be released five years after debut

La Roux‘s Elly Jackson has opened up about her split from musical partner Ben Langmaid during the process of making her new album.

The album, which has been five years in the making, is titled ‘Trouble In Paradise’ and will be released on July 7. During the course of recording the LP, Jackson separated from Langmaid, and tells NME in this week’s issue that “there wasn’t a great deal of understanding” between them when it came to making new music.

Recalling how Langmaid found it difficult to adapt as her tastes had moved on after making the duo’s 2009 ’80s electronic pop inspired debut, she said: “I came to him with some rare disco references and he made it very clear he didn’t like them. There wasn’t a great deal of understanding. Sometimes I thought we were on the same level, but then from the production that would come to light, I didn’t feel that we were. I wasn’t happy with the way some of the demos were sounding.”


She continues: “On the album, there are maybe two songs that have similar production styles to the way that I started them with Ben, but they were essentially demo tracks and I felt they needed a lot of subsequent work.”

Talking about the sounds involved in ‘Trouble In Paradise’, Jackson references “weird, late ’70s and early ’80s sci-fi disco” as well as dub and ragga elements, while stating that she has played guitar a lot more on the record.

‘Uptight Downtown’ is the first single from the album and can be heard below.

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