Justice's Techno Sound Holds onto Rock and Indie
It’s been almost two years since Justice released their last album. Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay perform super-charged electric sound. Ed Banger Records calls them the company’s top commercially successful group. So, where is their next album?
Clearly, they are techno but listen to their music and you will hear very distinct rock and indie influences. You even see it when you take a look at them or their high-volume career. Reportedly, they are still performing in hot spots around the world like Melbourne. Even though their music is electrifying, high-energy techno there is a light touch to their super-charged sound. Just watch the video with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Most DJs call them straight techno, still I beg to differ.
Snagged a Grammy Award
Let’s take a look at their first album. † collected critical praise in 2007 with the added kudos of being nominated for a Grammy Award - Best Electronic and Dance Album. It continued to do well and arrived at number 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007 with a nomination for its Shortlist Prize.
By 2009, Auge and de Rosnay snagged a Grammy Award on behalf of Justice’s remix of the MGMT’s "Electric Feel." The song stayed super popular, winning the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. This was the same year they left Ed Banger Records and joined WMG/Atlantic's Elektra Records label.
First Solo Arrives
Befitting the new record label, Justice began working on another album. They started their Facebook account with an image to promote their new album. Releasing their very first single from that album called “Civilization” note to the fans, yes, we are recording a second album.
For techno guys, they produced quite a bit of music including six singles, DVD documentary, concert film titled A Cross the Universe, quite a few remixes, and even more – it just goes on and on. Let’s back up to 2005 when Justice has their first solo single arrive on the street. It’s called "Waters of Nazareth" and grew in popularity with some top DJs like Alkan and Smagghe. Justice even remixes the same song the following year. It’s the remixes that really boosted their popularity. They produced mixes from Mr. Oizo to Soulwax.
Auge and Rosnay received invitations to perform at some pretty awesome venues like Live PA, Parklife and other festivals in Australia, which they have been doing for some time now. The Coachella festival and the Sónar Festival in Barcelona were similar venues that kept them on the backbeat. The list of festivals they performed at during their career just goes on and on from Japan to Scotland.
Scanning the group’s journey, I pick the word “diverse” or perhaps “unplanned” and “haphazard.” Auge told BBC, “Yeah, it was a lot of fun to create.”
It’s called "Waters of Nazareth" and grew in popularity with some top DJs like Alkan and Smagghe. Justice even remixes the same song the following year. It’s the remixes that really boosted their popularity. They produced mixes from Mr. Oizo to Soulwax.
80 Percent Fun
“Well,” modifies de Rosnay, “it was probably 80 percent fun, and maybe ten percent tears, five percent gigs, two percent harassment and, um… I can’t remember where we are in percentage now. Sorry.”
But, you know, they are still performing and they are stronger and wiser. I am just hoping another album arrives on the streets soon. Two years is way too long to wait for such talent.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh