Meaning "red-haired one" in French, La Roux is the critically acclaimed synth pop project of flame-haired singer/songwriter Elly Jackson and keyboardist/producer Ben Langmaid. Jackson and Langmaid began working together in 2006, when they were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Their debut single, 2008's "Quicksand," earned the band acclaim from the BBC and the Guardian. La Roux toured with Lily Allen around the time their second single, "In for the Kill," was released in spring 2009; it reached a peak position of two. That summer's "Bulletproof" debuted at number one a week before La Roux's self-titled album was released. The album arrived in the States that fall.