If you listen closely, you just might hear La Roux’s leading lady, Elly Jackson, on Kanye West’s massive My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track “All of the Lights.” And if you do hear her voice on there, you might want to give her a call because, frankly, she can’t hear it herself.
“I came to New York, and I did a couple of days in the studio with him,” she told MTV News. “He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out. I don’t have a verse or anything. I can’t actually hear my voice on it,” she laughed. “But apparently it’s there!”
There are quite a few artists on the track — including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John (on piano), Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson and Tony Williams — and Jackson made sure to get a little something out of Kanye for her vocal duties.
“He had been kind of trying to get in touch with us over three months, I think over the summer. And well, obviously, we’d got his calls and stuff, but it was a bit difficult to get our schedules to meet up, so it just took awhile for us to do anything,” she recalled. “And then he said, ‘I’d really love you to sing.’ He was like, ‘Straight up, I want you to sing on the record.’
“And I was like, ‘Well, we’d love for you to do a remix to ‘In for the Kill.’ It’s great. It gets us on different radio and it gets us to a different audience, which is a great thing for any artist,” she said, describing it as a “scratching-each-other’s-back type of situation, which was really nice.”
Can you hear Elly on “All of the Lights”? Let us know in the comments!