Yesterday marked the official release date for Justice’s new single, Civilization. We had the privilege of previewing it a few weeks ago, but it’s not every day that Justice releases a track, so we thought we’d cover it in full detail. Most big Justice fans will probably agree that being a fan of the group has been an interesting ride. When Cross was released back in June 2007 (yes–2007!), it was overwhelmingly obvious that they had created a masterpiece. Instantly likened to Daft Punk and attracting all sorts of attention from music critics all over, Justice became a name to know. Over the next couple of years their fame continued to explode, as hits like D.A.N.C.E. exploded into the mainstream. The French duo continued to ride off of the success of their debut album with several of their own tours as well as appearances at Ed Banger label parties, and fans who caught them in their prime will tell you that their shows were nothing short of massive.
Despite their active schedule and strong presence in the scene, very little new music emerged from the two aside from some remixes that were few in number and not as well received, and a 2008 live album called A Cross The Universe. Typically in the EDM world, such a bleak release schedule can be very detrimental to an artist’s career, but it seemed that Justice had managed to escape that dilemma, again in similar fashion to their robotic comrades. But how long would that last? 2011’s world of EDM holds much higher stakes as talent continues to pour in from across the globe. Justice, likely growing cognizant of the evolving music landscape, have certainly picked an excellent time to jump back in. So how will they fare this time around?
If Civilization is any indication of what is to come, we can all exhale a sigh of relief before breaking into serious dance. It only takes a few seconds into the song to realize that the guys have put some serious effort into their sophomore album. Their first single is a very interesting mix of classic rock and electro house. Elements of this track sound downright like Queen and something in the background around 2:08 is reminiscent of The Who’s Teenage Wasteland. Overall, the thump and drum elements in general sound much more like they are meant to be played with a real drumset. Perhaps that’s an indicator of their future live performances? That would certainly up the ante.
So with that, we’ll leave you to check out this new single for yourself and decide if you think it’s up to par with their previous album. I’ve thrown on perhaps their most famous track of all time, We Are Your Friends, and the mainstream sensation D.A.N.C.E.. As a big fan of Justice myself, I’m certainly looking forward to the rest of the album!