It’s been five years since French duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, aka Justice, released a studio album, 2011’s ‘Audio, Video, Disco’. It’s also 10 years since they emerged with bona fide banger ‘We Are Your Friends’. And over that time, they’ve given themselves a lot to live up to.
The first hints of new material from the pair came earlier this year when they were pictured signing a new record deal with Because Music. Then, at this year’s Sonar Festival in Barcelona, an unknown track was played to open Busy P’s b2b DJ set with Ed Banger signees Para One and Boston Bun. Internet detectives Shazamed the track when the set was posted online a month later, only to discover that it was credited to Justice.
Now, the producers have officially revealed ‘Safe And Sound’. It’s classic Justice, with elastic funk basslines, drama, tension and angelic choir voices, too. But where in the past some of their music has been dark and foreboding, there’s a lightness to this song. It’s as if they’ve ripped down the blackout curtains, thrown open the windows and started worshipping the sun. The fact that it sounds so summery is what prompted the pair to share the track so soon. “It’s too much like summer not to share it,” Xavier told BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. “We thought it would be a shame not to give it to the world.”
You can expect more new treats heading your way from Paris soon, too. During that same interview, they also officially confirmed they’ve been working on a new album that they’re now “putting the final touches to”. Better warm up those dancing shoes.