Tuesday, July 18
Derek from Good Weather For Airstrikes
PREFACE: Hello, all. I'm Derek from Good Weather For Airstrikes, and I'm the asshole that was supposed to post yesterday, but Lizzy couldn't get a hold of me, most likely because I was probably gallavanting around engaging in some form of douchebaggery or another, as I'm wont to do. That aside, below is a feature on my favorite new electronica act, French dancefloor kings Justice.
For those of you who've been crying yourselves to sleep ever since Daft Punk released Human After All, their incredibly lackluster follow-up to 2002's incredibly flawless Discovery, it looks like there may be hope for you yet. Human After All was a crushing dissappointment to those who had fallen in love with Discovery, and while for fans of the French dancetronica kings it may have seemed like there was nothing left to live for, Justice are here to save the day. Incidentally, Justice, which is comprised of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge, is an electronic duo also hailing from France, and to get an idea of what they sound like, try to imagine what Daft Punk might sound like if you drenched their jams in a thick layer of grime and sweat and sex. The perfect example of this sound and the group's best work to date isn't an original production but is actually the duo's incredible remix of S! imian's "Never Be Alone", which despite the fact that it's been floating around European clubs for nearly three years now, has just been re-titled "We Are Your Friends" and released as a single (credited to Justice vs. Simian) on Virgin subsidary Ten Records. However, that's not to say that the duo's original productions are anything short of awesome, either. Justice's debut release, the Waters of Nazareth EP, dropped last year in France and the UK, but has since seen a re-release with bonus remixes (including one by the lately-untouchable Erol Alkan) and the EP finally saw a domestic release last month on VICE Records. The title track is, as expected, the hottest jam on the album, and while I'm at a loss for words as to how to describe it as anything other than sheer, unadultered hotness, it's one of the year's better dance tracks and should definitely please anyone whose been waiting for the next Daft Punk ever since Human After All came out and shat all over fans' hopes for the band.;
The duo have also been in high demand as remixers, and have remixed tracks for Death From Above 1979, N.E.R.D., Franz Ferdinand, and even Britney, nearly all of which maintain the the high standard set by Justice's other work, and you can get a taste of this below with the duo's excellent remixes of DFA1979's "Blood On Our Hands" and Franz Ferdinand's "The Fallen".
"Waters of Nazareth" - Justice ((highly recommended))
"We Are Your Friends" - Justice vs Simian ((highly highly recommended))
"Blood On Our Hands" (Justice Remix) - Death From Above 1979
"The Fallen" (Ruined by Justice Remix) - Franz Ferdinand