French electronic music titans Justice have announced a new live album, Access All Arenas, set for release via Ed Banger / Because Music / Vice / Elektra on May 7th. The 14-track album is a recording of their show in the Nîmesarenas last July, offering a taste of the wild effervescence that makes this duo one of the most exciting electronic live bands of the decade. Album art and tracklisting below.
In 2012 the Audio, Video, Disco tour sold-out in a matter of days, comprising 105 shows that spanned from Australia to New York, Europe and South America, and resulted in the strongest performances of their career. The duo’s immense live presence stems from their live reworkings of album tracks, as well as powerful stage and lighting design, as detailed in a live documentary that made it’s debut on Jay-Z’s Life + Times today. You can also see our own review of their live show with pics from last Halloween here.
Justice, a Parisian dance production duo comprised of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, generated an international buzz with “D.A.N.C.E.,” a catchy single whose video and MP3 spread like wildfire across the Internet in summer 2007. The sensational popularity of “D.A.N.C.E.” in summer 2007 was driven initially by trend-setting Internet bloggers, who were quick to champion the song, in particular its video, which featured animated T-shirts. Vice Records helped fan the flames, posting numerous MP3 remixes — for free download on its blog. All of the Internet activity set the stage perfectly for Justice’s debut full-length, † (aka Cross), which was released first in France by Because Music, then in the U.S. by Vice Records shortly thereafter. The live album A Cross the Universe landed in 2008 and helped tide fans over until Audio, Video, Disco arrived in 2011. This official sophomore release was filled with prog rock sounds, guitars, and plenty of new wave-era influences.