"...like futuristic beats deconstructed by cavemen."
— Jason Lymangrover, AllMusic.com
Justice is an Electro House
duo consisting of the Frenchmen Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. They have a unique style of Electro House heavily influenced by funk and disco.
They have released four albums:
- † (Cross, 2007)
- The live album A Cross the Universe (2008)
- Audio, Video, Disco (2011)
- And another live album, Access All Arenas (2013)
Along with one EP:
Apart from the disco and funk influences of electro house, their style has been thought of as having some heavy metal influence and combines cut-up bass lines with a compressed and distorted synth sound. Their music often includes bass slapping.
This band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: The song "Audio, Video, Disco." from the album Audio, Video, Disco.
- All-CGI Cartoon: The "Civilization" video
- Alliterative Title: Access All Arenas
- Arc Symbol: A cross. One appears on every album or EP cover, the T in their name is a cross, and there's a cross featured in all their live shows.
- Audience Participation Song: Anytime "We Are Your Friends" plays at a live show, the audience sings along. Used more prominently in A Cross the Universe, where the only words NOT sung by the audience are "We", "You", and "C'mon".
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Former labelmate Uffie on "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy.".
- Bilingual Bonus: "Audio, Video, Disco" is at first glance a simply musically-inclined Word Salad Title; it's actually Latin for "I hear, I see, I learn".
- Calvinball: The music video for New Lands starts off as a Baseball game...Then quickly adds lacrosse, roller derby, and American Football.
- Coolest Club Ever: The subject of "The Party" and "DVNO".
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Crosses and Christian iconography feature hugely in their work.
- Epic Rocking: Planisphere is 17:39 long, if you listen to all its parts in order.
- Also, "Phantom Part 2" is over 8 minutes on both A Cross the Universe and Access All Arenas. On top of that, "Audio, Video, Disco." is 10 minutes long on Access All Arenas
- Fading into the Next Song: Cross has tons of these. The only real song breaks are after "D.A.N.C.E.", "Newjack", "Phantom Part 2", "DVNO", and "Stress"
- And while Audio, Video, Disco. doesn't have nearly as many as Cross, "On'n'On" and "Brianvision" fade into each other, as well as "New Lands" and "Helix".
- And of course, being live albums, A Cross the Universe and Access All Arenas both have all the songs fade into one another.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The duo is usually seen wearing leather jackets.
- Idiosyncratic/Minimalistic Cover Art: Their main two albums just have a cross, not even the band or album name.
- The singles from Audio, Video, Disco all have the same stone cross, but with a different background.
- A Cross the Universe subverts the other examples by not having a cross, just the band and album titles on a plain black background.
- The singles from Cross, as well as Access All Arenas avert this trope, however.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: As stated above; A Cross the Universe.
- Lighter and Softer: Audio, Video, Disco was meant to be a "daylight album" when compared to †, according to Word of God.
- Live Album: As stated above, A Cross the Universe and Access All Arenas.
- Looped Lyrics: "Audio! Audio! Audio! Video disco!"
- Loudness War: This is the trademark sound of Ed Banger Records in general, but Justice take compression to its absolute limits.
- Lucky Charms Title: †.
- Mind Screw: The music video for "On'n'On".
- New Sound Album: † is gritty, buzzy electronic dance. Audio, Video, Disco is mainly progressive rock.
- Not Christian French House: They are Christian, and they have a prominent cross motif, and some of their titles have a Biblical slant...but it doesn't seem to get any deeper than that. The only lyrics on †, for example, are about a dancing girl and going to the club.
- The Oner: The video for "Audio, Video, Disco".
- Punny Name: DVNO doesn't stand for anything. It's actually a pun on the name, "El Divino".
- Sampling: † featured samples from over 400 albums!
- Signature Style: Are you hearing electro house with blatant funk influences and distorted, chopped up pianos? You gotta be listening to Justice, then.
- Shout-Out: "D.A.N.C.E"'s lyrics make several references to Michael Jackson.
- It's fun to try and spot the basis for all the spoof Vanity Plates in the DVNO music video.
- Song Allusion Title: A Cross the Universe to "Across the Universe".
- Spelling Song: "D.A.N.C.E".
- Spoken Word in Music: From "Let There be Lite": "Who is the DJ today? Give me something to dance to. But please no techno, 'CAUSE IT'S HURTING MY HEAD AND I'M READY TO DISCO! DISCO! DISCO, DISCO!" The "DISCO! DISCO, DISCO!" is used in a few other live tracks of Justice's.
- Title Track: Audio, Video, Disco.