The Haphazard Techno Style of Justice Also Reflects Indie and Rock

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Techno duo Justice is just two guys, Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, from France. They play highly electric charged beats and are one of the most commercially successful groups on Ed Banger Records. Justice is techno by all standards, but one can’t help but notice a strong rock and indie influence in both their image and music. If you follow their prolific career, it is really hard to tell what or where they’re headed. One thing is for certain - they are electrifying and techno according to some of the top DJs.

Their first album †(Cross) received critical acclaim when it arrived on the streets in 2007 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic and Dance Album. The album rose to number 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007 and was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize.

In 2009, Justice did win a Grammy Award for the remix of the MGMT song "Electric Feel." The popular song won for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. That same year, Justice announced their departure from Ed Banger Records, signing with WMG/Atlantic's re-launched Elektra Records label.

Around that time, Justice announced that they started to work on another album. Early this year, the band uploaded an image that fans assumed was the new album cover onto their official Facebook wall. Last March, they released their first single called “Civilization” after confirming that they were still working on their second album.

Besides the one album and another in the works, during the band’s career, they have released 6 singles, a DVD concert and documentary film titled A Cross the Universe and quite a few remixes. Justice's very first solo single, called "Waters of Nazareth," was released in September 2005 and became very popular with top DJs like Alkan, Erol, Tiga, Ivan Smagghe and 2 Many DJs. The same song was released again in 2006 as remix. More remixes were pumped out by the pair, producing mixes for Mr. Oizo, Mystery Jets, Franz Ferdinand and Soulwax.

Auge and Rosnay have appeared at festivals such as Live P.A., Parklife and others around Australia. They made it to the Coachella festival and the Sónar festival in Barcelona as well as many other festivals around the world from Fujii Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan to the T in the Park festival in Kinross, Scotland.

Looking over Justice’s journey as a techno band, it seems rather diverse and unplanned, or perhaps even haphazard. In an interview with BBC, the two guys from France put it in the right perspective: “Yeah, it was a lot of fun to create,” beams Gaspard Auge.

“Well,” corrects Xavier, “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.”

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This article was published on 2011/06/09