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Jus†ice. That’s right Jus†ice (The electronic duo, not “justice” like what Superman stands for.)

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Joyous Festivus for the rest of us!! I was thinking about something Christmas-y to write about for this Thursday’s edition of Desert Island Thursday, but then I said to myself, I said, “Self, this is kilScene.com, and as such, we like to do things out of the ordinary.” Why the hell should we cover a Christmas album or do something Christmas oriented, simply because it’s Christmas? How about doing something that gives one that warm, comforting Christmas feeling without having it anything to do with the holiday? I could have done a Throw back Thursday sort of thing and re-posted my review for Bad Religion‘s excellent Christmas album, Christmas Songs, but that’s a cop-out and at kilScene, well, that’s just not allowed. So instead I thought about music that’s Christmas-like, but without having anything to do with the holiday itself. What do you think I came up with? Jus†ice. That’s right Jus†ice (The electronic duo, not “justice” like what Superman stands for.)

Say what you will about the French…they make some damn fine use of what musical technology has to offer.

What? Have you never heard of Jus†ice? For shame, but not really because we’re going to discuss them right now. It seems like all of the best electronic music comes out of Europe. Jus†ice is no different. They, like their compatriots, Daft Punk, are straight out of France. You know what? Say what you will about the French, but as far as I’m concerned they make some damn fine use of what musical technology has to offer.

Much of the group’s music uses distortion, adding to the metal feel of it all.

Jus†ice is the dynamic duo of Gaspard “Microloisir” Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Unlike other electronic groups, Jus†ice have been known to utilize heavy metal elements in their music. Much of the group’s music uses distortion, adding to the metal feel of it all. In 2007, Jus†ice released their debut album, simply titled to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance/Electronica Album category, which they unfortunately lost, yet they did go on to win a Grammy for their remix of MGMT‘s song, “Electric Feel“.
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Jus†ice is not the type of group to release the types of albums that you just skip over tracks until you find one that you like. It’s all good, my friends.

Personally, the album is just tops. For a debut album, it completely blew me away. I’ll say it right here and now, Jus†ice is one of the best electronic groups that have come out in the last 15 years. I first discovered Jus†ice through my bro (I told you. He’s good.), who found them on that beautiful invention we know as Spotify, and what can I say, but damn. Jus†ice is not the type of group to release the type of albums that you just skip over tracks until you find one that you like. It’s all good, my friends.

The production of A Cross The Universe pulls the listener right into the show.

In 2008 Jus†ice released a live album called A Cross The Universe. Makes sense, doesn’t it? What better way to enjoy electronica than to listen to it live, and if you are like me, unlucky by the fact that I have never seen Jus†ice live, this is the next best thing. Seriously. The production of A Cross The Universe pulls the listener right into the show. In 2011, the duo released Audio, Visual, Disco. The album is considerably lighter fare when compared to its predecessor, but it is not to be overlooked. Jus†ice’s Xavier de Rosnay stated that compared to their debut album, Audio, Visual, Disco is more like “daytime music” and it’s not as “aggressive as the first one.” Hell, I can understand that. Every once in a while, we all need to mellow out a bit. One cannot live going 120 mph all the time. You need to stop and look around every once in a while, and that’s exactly what Audio, Visual, Disco offers us: a chance to breathe and take it all in.

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More music. More energy. More of an already great group. Just fucking more, ya know?

Just like the duo had done with their first album, a year and a half after Audio, Visual, Disco‘s release, Jus†ice came out with another live album/DVD titled, Access All Arenas, which was released in March of 2013. I enjoyed it better than their first live album because it gave me more. More music. More energy. More of an already great group. Just fucking more, ya know?

Eat your heart Santa Christ! Jus†ice rules!!

Jus†ice makes me happy. Electronic music in general makes me happy, but Jus†ice does it up jus† right (see what I did there?) Man cannot live on one genre of music alone. Sometimes you need to shake yourselves up a bit and dance or rave or whatever. For me, Jus†ice serves such a purpose. They are a such a fantastic release of energy, that, let’s face it, we all need every once in a while. Go ahead. Let yourselves go. You can, you know. And it all starts right here. Lest we forget, you should also seriously consider picking up Access All Arenas. Definitely worth it….How’s that for something Christmas-y, y’all? Eat your heart Santa Christ! Jus†ice rules!!

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