Au revoir, Daft Punk; bonjour, Justice
With a rare U.S. tour (albeit just five dates long) and the forthcoming release of the robot-rocking movie Electroma, it’s tempting to call this the summer of Daft Punk. (Also, there’s Kanye West’s new single “Stronger,” which samples the duo’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”) Having witnessed their headlining performance at Coachella in 2006 with 60,000 other sweaty dancers, I can personally attest to the group’s ability to change lives in ways Natalie Portman couldn’t even imagine. But despite their recent renaissance, the dudes under the steely gray helmets haven’t put out a great album since 2001’s Discovery. What gives? Maybe even robots can be human after all — just ask Robin Williams. At any rate, it’s about time for a new French electronic duo. Luckily, Justice is already here.
Like Daft Punk before them, Justice is a group composed of two laptop-wielding Frenchmen (Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, pictured) who layer unexpected samples over pulsing house beats. The two groups also share a manager (what a coincidence!), but the similarities end there. Justice rose to dancefloor prominence in 2003 with their beyond-funky remix of Simian’s “Never Be Alone” and have been blog sensations ever since: They’ve been one of the most popular searches on The Hype Machine for weeks, and Pitchfork just gave their debut album, †, a whopping 8.4 review. With song titles such as “Genesis” and “Let There Be Light,” you have to ask: Are they the saviors of dance music? After the jump, watch the video for “D.A.N.C.E.” — the best Michael Jackson homage song ever — and let us know what you think in the comments.
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