Justice – 1st Album
Justice are poised to become the next Daft Punk, helped by the fact that they are a French duo and the fact that Daft Punk are now intent on making weird art films and convincing everyone that they are actually robots. Guys, Kraftwerk did the same and it took them over 20 years to make another album. Justice are Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge, two house DJs who started off playing rock music years ago before being swayed to the dark side. 1st Album follows some remixes, which have been club favourites for over a year now (the awesome Justice Vs Simian “We Are Your Friends” being the best example).
1st Album is their first album. Clever that. It’s also a dirty throbbing beast of an album. If the monolithic cover didn’t give it away, the throbbing bass of “Genesis” will. The album is almost totally made from springy bass lines and tight bursts of noise. The string stabs on “Phantom Pt. 2” sound great. There’s more than a hint of Daft Punk’s “Stronger, Faster, Harder” in “Let Their Be Light”, but it’s a cheeky homage rather than a direct rip off. “D.A.N.C.E.” sounds great right now, but it’s the type of song that could become irritating very quickly. I shall have to see.
It’s only “Valentine” which made me press skip. It just sounds half-hearted to me; the same great beats but a weak lift-muzak melody. But the later tracks like “DVNO” (massive bass sound, short and to the point) and “Waves Of Nazareth” (nasty electro headfuck) make up for it. All in all, a surprisingly good dance album considering Justice were primarily known for their top notch remixes only.
Justice – D.A.N.C.E.