La Roux debuted a handful of new songs during a show at England's Concorde 2 venue last night, according to the NME. The performance, reported as the London duo's first gig in nearly two years, consisted of a 13-song set that drew heavily from La Roux's self-titled 2009 debut, but also included four fresh tracks: "Uptight Downtown," "Sexoteque," "Kiss & Not Tell," and "Tropical Chancer."
The NME describes "Uptight Downtown" and "Sexoteque" as having "dancehall influences," while "Kiss & Not Tell" is marked as "the most revealing of the new songs... which had [vocalist Elly] Jackson singing, 'All I Want to do is come out of my shell.'"
The fourth previously unheard cut, "Tropical Chancer," trades in La Roux's signature robo-synths for a funky rhythm and, uh, tropical flavor. You can preview that one up top, seeing that it's the only new track that's made its way online. Pardon the crude quality — the visual comes courtesy fan-shot footage from the pit. (For a quick 90-second peek at "Kiss & Not Tell," click here.)
Hopefully these four new compositions are a sign that La Roux are close to finishing their long-awaited sophomore album. When asked about the highly anticipated LP, Jackson has said, "I realized 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." On the subject of the forthcoming full-length's sound, Jackson has gotten a bit cheeky, saying, "I'm not one for describing how the songs sound, but to me it sounds great, obviously, or I wouldn't have spent this much time making it."
La Roux have two more concerts booked for England before they travel stateside for their two Coachella 2013 performances. Find tour dates down below.
La Roux 2013 tour dates:
April 2 - Bristol, England @ The Fleece
April 5 - Coventry, England @ Kasbah
April 14 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
April 21 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
July 13 - Moscow, Russia @ Afisha Picnic Festival
July 18 - Benicàssim, Spain @ Benicàssim Festival
July 19 - Porto, Portugal @ Marés Vivas Festival