After the surprise success of their 2005 Simian remix ‘We Are Your Friends’, anticipation of more scraps from the Justice turn-table has been building amongst hipster circles for a while now. It’s in the face of such overwhelming expectation that the French DJs present their full-length debut, the biblically themed †.
The implication that they are dance music’s salvation is worn literally on the album’s sleeve. Thankfully, the distorted funk of first track ‘Genesis’ assures such self-belief won’t be filed alongside Johnny Borrell under “woefully misguided”. This is the sonic product of whacking ‘Thriller’ in a blender with a bag of spaceship sound effects.
Throughout, the balance between relentless instrumentals and pop songs is skilfully maintained. Euphoria-inducing single ‘D.A.N.C.E’ will rightly take its place as summer’s feel-good hit, while the frenetic ‘Stress’ and hands-in-the-air anthem ‘The Party’ are other highlights in the 49-minute running time. Comparisons with dance gods Daft Punk are warranted, most obviously on ‘Phantom Pt1’, which could have been lifted straight from Homework. In light of that band’s current fall from grace, for now, Justice can rightfully assert their holy dominion over the dance floor.