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Justice

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Rating: 8.3/10 ?


July 27, 2007
Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge are two Frenchmen to look out for. Together they're known as Justice, and they make a brand of dirty, hard, melodic electronica that fellow countrymen Daft Punk only dare dream of. Most people remember the French electronica scene exploding a few years back, with acts like Daft Punk, Stardust (which was pretty much Daft Punk under another name), and a myriad of lesser known acts, but after a couple of years things died down a bit. With the release of Justice's first album, , the French are back, and at their behest, dance floors all over the globe will fill to the sound of songs like "D.A.N.C.E" and "Waters of Nazareth."

Justice have taken the French sensibility for finding good melodies to another level; they have dirtied the sound up, made it more sexy, and more raw than earlier acts. When listening to Justice, you realize that what Thomas Bangalater and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo did as Daft Punk was just the beginning, a rough draft of what was to follow a few years later.

All the melodies on are so incredibly catchy that they find an ability to stick around for at least a full week after a first listen. Standing out as heads and shoulders above the others are the previously mentioned cuts "D.A.N.C.E" and "Waters Of Nazareth," the latter of which could be the glitchiest techno monster ever released to this day. It wants to scrape it's way out through your speakers, attack you, and build it's nest in your bleeding ears, never to leave.

It's no surprised that Justice has already remixed mainstream pop acts like Franz Ferdinand and Britney Spears; the process of handling songs by mainstream artists is like a rite of passage for techno acts, and Justice survived the ordeal with their dignity intact. I'm certain that more remix missions will follow, in which case in a couple of years Justice will be a house hold name just as The Neptunes were a few years ago.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of something good, then check out and see where Justice leads; with cuts like these, it will certainly not take long until they're all over the place, in commercials, on the radio, and on TV (their video for "Waters Of Nazareth" has already been a hot topic on MTV for a while). Forget love, wine, cheese, war, imperialism - Justice are proving that what the French do best is electronic music.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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