Who else is dude-jamming this record?
Justice are being hyped as “the new Daft Punk.” I understand where the sentiment comes from - they’re doing super-accessible french electro-house music that incorporates a lot of familiar and nostalgic filtered-out samples. But Justice’s whole aesthetic of distortion and fuzz sets them apart; almost every last sound is somehow distorted and squelched out, and the beats pump and breathe all over the mix. This has led a bunch of people to erroneously say that they’re using “distorted guitars” and a “rock influence,” but I think it’s just taking Daft Punk’s “synths through stompboxes” approach to the next level.
The album is pretty hot; some of the straight-up club bangers are certainly booty-worthy, but right when you think it’s just a dance record they drop the proggy Goblin samples from one of their Dario Argento soundtracks into the middle of the amazing two-part “Phantom.” I also love how a Three Six Mafia party rap is later reinterpreted as a weirdly plaintive and wistful interlude over floating synths.