I’ve been talking to a lot of people recently about the new Justice sound. There’s an interview below that I’ve embedded in which they talk a lot about the decisions behind making the album, but the conclusion I’ve come to in my own mind is this.
One of the first Justice tracks that everyone remembers the most is We Are Your Friends. Technically not their first track ever (for those that want to know, their first track ever was called Sure You Will and isn’t really regarded as anything serious) but it served the purpose of launching them out of graphic design jobs and into the music world.
Years later they would create Waters of Nazareth and go onto release their Cross album. But what ever happened to that sound from We Are Your Friends? Cross was totally different and in a completely new direction from what they had done at first. Something that they mention in the interview is that they made the first record, Cross, “blatantly aggressive, because we thought it was the right way of doing it at the time”.
Knowing what they know today I don’t think Justice would have ever created something like Cross. I feel like their next album, Audio, Video, Disco, is what they truly wanted to create all along, but didn’t know how or really fully grasp the mechanics behind it all. All the instruments on the record are played by either Gaspard or Xavier, so you know they’ve come along way in learning how to create that sound. Interestingly they won’t be doing as the Bloody Beetroots have and make their live shows more in a band style.
“it’s going to be mainly computer generated because we like the sound of it” is what Xaivier has to say.
As far as this new track Helix is concerned, I like the feel of it much more than Audio, Video, Disco and Civilization. Although the trailing minutes of the song leave a lot to be desired after soaking in the beginning funk.
At the end of the day, I still love Justice. Granted I loved the old Justice more, and I’ll definitely miss that sound that got me into this whole world in the first place. This new sound won’t fit anywhere near the category I place most of my music in, but if I needed to expand my musical feelings out any further there’s no doubt this is the first stepping stone.
With the summer over we’ve finally been given a peak at what Ed Banger has in store for the fall. Mr. Oizo has a new album coming out. People at HARD were very privilieved to be one of the first tohear one of his new tracks, Douche Beat, played by Busy P.
Also comes new Justice in the form of a track called Helix. I’m still not sure what to make of it.. After hearing Civilization I was a bit concerned with the direction the new album would take. Now that we get to hear a bit more I’m almost certain this isn’t going to be anything close to a Cross Pt II. It’ll have it’s day to shine no doubt, but I can guarantee you I won’t be hearing any of the tracks as cell phone ringtones like I did so many times with D.A.N.C.E. Props to them for recording all the parts (guitars, drums, etc.) entirely by themselves though.
As for the rest, I’m honestly also pretty shocked at the fact that Busy P put in a Skrillex remix into the mix. You can immediately tell the Dubstep doesn’t fit into the mix or even the Ed Banger styling at all and just seems like it’s trying to be appealing to the masses. Maybe it’s just me being arragent in not expressing the new musical taste that’s been developing the past year… But old school ways or not, it looks like Ed Banger has at least a couple good tunes in store for this fall. It’s time to get back in doors away from the summer sun and dance the night away without a care in the world.
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