Justice Releases Long-Awaited Album 'Woman' [LISTEN]
Composed of veteran producers Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, French electronic duo Justice is back with their first new album in five years. Released November 18, 2016, the LP entitled Woman spans 10 tracks and marks the duo's third studio album.
"To us, it represents power and strength. It's a symbol of giving life to something, which is an act of God," Xavier told MAXIM in a recent interview. We were also thinking of Lady Justice, the symbol of justice that is the woman with the sword, some sort of goddess of life and war. We've always been inspired by very strong female figures, and it fit the feel of the album."
The duo's legacy began well over 12 years ago when they remixed Simian's "Never Be Alone" for a college radio station contest. The remix landed them a record deal with Ed Banger and became a hit in underground dance clubs. The remix received a commercial release under the name "We Are Your Friends" and went on to win Best Video at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Xavier and Gaspard have since remixed acts like N.E.R.D., Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. Shortly after releasing their 2007 D.A.N.C.E. EP, the duo unleashed their debut album †, which included smash hits "D.A.N.C.E.," "Phantom" and "Genesis."
At the 50th Grammy Awards, the duo took home two awards, Best Dance Recording for "D.A.N.C.E." and Best Electronic/Dance Album for †.
Their remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel" earned them another Grammy in 2009 for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. After creating the soundtrack for Mr. Oizo's film Rubber, the duo released their sophomore LP Audio, Video, Disco., which included well-known singles like "Civilization," "On'n'On" and "New Lands." A year later, the duo played Mainstage at Ultra Music Festival and headlined Coachella Valley Music Festival.
Fans have been waiting for their third studio album since the first announcement in June of 2014. The first single "Safe and Sound" was revealed in June 2016 at the Ed Banger House Party for Sónar 2016 Music Festival, followed by the release of the second single "Randy" in September.
After much anticipation, Woman arrived via Ed Banger Records and Because Music on November 18th. The electro house album offers a psychadelic journey bursting with signature disco and funk influences, slapped basslines and compressed and distorted synths. While recording this album, which is slightly more tame than previous works, the guys mentioned having gospel music at the forefront of their minds.
"We never imagined when we made ['Safe and Sound' and 'Alakazam!'] that they would make people dance, or that they would sound that big in a club," De Rosnay told Rolling Stone in a recent interview.
Of course, all these artists know how to do is be themselves, hence, they were not going to alter their sound to appeal to a younger audience, according to the Rolling Stone interview.
"Every year there are new people, like 18 years old, who make this amazing music because it has their energy and sounds like nothing else that has been made before – even in the EDM American scene that most people think it's cool to hate. It would be so inappropriate for us to be like, 'Let's make music for the 20-year-olds.'"
Despite this Xavier and Gaspard still attempted to capture that "first album" sense of innocence as they worked to unearth new magic by making an effort "to forget what we know, or what we think we know," De Rosnay explained to Rolling Stone. See how the process boded for the duo by listening to their third studio album, Woman, in full below.
The album can be downloaded at justice.church.
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