Early this morning, EdBanger records released a medley previewing each and every track off of Justice’s new album ‘Audio,Video,Disco’. The single ‘Audio,Video,Disco‘, along with ‘Civilization‘ and ‘Helix’ have all been released within the past couple months, but there are still nine remaining tracks that have yet to be leaked. The critique with this album has been its more “rock oriented” rather than the last album. I would have to agree with this critique but at the same time it still has that Justice sound. As a Justice purist, you’ll definitely be able to find the dopeness within the tracks.
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a recent interview with the duo where they discussed the album at length (Please excuse the at times awful translations).
“We were scared sometimes, writing this record, only to ignite in our studio by composing pieces with drawers that sound like bad jazz-rock. We hope this is not the case and that this disc looks rather to an album of progressive rock played by guys who can do anything. We are not great musicians or great producers, but câ€™es tun poru advantage to this kind of music. Anyway, we did not try to make a club record that weâ€™re not sure about.”
Justice – Audio, Video, Disco (Album Medley)
01.‘Horsepower’- â€œHorsepowerâ€ was conceived as a way of opening. Opening the most â€œOlympicsâ€ as possible. We see it as a brutal piece of disco with one side a little Italian. 02.‘Civilization’ – We did not want to start this album so confusing. With â€œHorsepowerâ€ and â€œCivilizationâ€, we are still in the world of the first album. These are the transmission belts between the two albums. 03.’Ohio‘ – a tribute to Crosby, Stills & Nash, so obvious and true that there is not much to add. The singer for Midnight Juggernauts sings this song. . This is the kind of song that will surprise most fans of the first album of Justice. But â€œOhioâ€ seems perfectly natural and we are very similar. 04.’Canon(interlude)‘ -An intro with some medieval style made â€‹â€‹with three guitars. One must admit, the word â€œmedievalâ€ was part of the â€œbriefâ€ mental we had done before recording this disc. 05.’Canon‘ – Itâ€™s called like that because itâ€™s simply to enjoy a canon (adds:like â€œPachelbelâ€™s canonâ€, a line aligned differently each time it returns. A gun guitar, with ranges that overlap, giving a side serial music. Another way too slow to be played in clubs and not enough pop to the delight of radio. 06.’Onâ€™Nâ€™On‘- Features Morgan Fallon, part of the rock band “Diamond Knight”. A real inspiration for the song. 07.’Brianvision‘ – a tribute to guitarist Brian May. originally it was more dance, but was eventually slowed to give it a dimension that touches us more sad. We love the sound of this song, it sums up the whole spirit of the disc. 08.’Parade‘ -a slow, but with high intensity. It reminds us of a festival or a banquet. It has a glam pop of the 70s, as often on this album. 09.’New Lands‘Â – We needed another song with voices at the time of the disc, but something more simple. It is a hinge that takes us to the title probably the most in the album. There is a rapid transition in the middle, almost like a hard rock, but as yet still light. It is very warm in the end, with airy voice. 10.’Helix‘ – Canon yet, but more funky than others. This is the one that appeals most to fans of electronics. . 11.‘Audio, Video, Disco’ – It means â€œI hear, I see, I learnâ€ in Latin, is the next single. After â€œcivilizationâ€ is a great transition: it is more in the spirit of the rest of the disk even if no other way does it actually looks like. It runs to 152 BP, which is pretty fast, while remaining very sensitive. It is also the longest song on the disc, an ideal conclusion to the album and also for our future live-show.
“We did not try to confuse anyone by making this record, even if it will happen probably in the end. We need to go in new directions to stimulate us, but our project was not to reinvent ourselves. We even think itâ€™s a bad habit of electro groups seeking to reinvent itself at all costs with each new album. If the public will find this disc think youâ€™re always the same and while having evolved, this is the best.”
I am really not surprised the duo has decided to change things up a bit. I’ve always felt that the two wanted to be revolutionary with their sound, that’s exactly what ‘Cross’ did. While staying true to their new sound, perhaps ‘Audio, Video, Disco’ will accomplish the same feat. The album is set to be released October 24th.
On the season premiere of How To Make It In America, electronic music was ever present. It almost had sole control of the entire soundtrack that’s how big it was.
The episode began with Martin Solveig’s ‘Big In Japan‘ , the guys were in Japan, how creative! Later in the episode, Roxy Cottontail was featured as the DJ for the crew’s new fashion line. ‘Let’s Make Nasty‘ (an Afrojack remix has really given this track a lot of play) is overheard as is a remix of Flight Facilities, ‘Crave You’ which gets a little love.
The episode also ends with everyone’s favorite:
With a new season of a show that’s based out of New York, one can safely say that electronic music has really inserted itself into popular culture and if it’s inserted into an HBO show you can only assume it will equate with success.
We featured a preview of ‘Overdrive‘ a couple weeks ago and the official release (off Xtra Life Records) was launched today. For those who haven’t had a chance to hear the preview, Overdrive is a massive bass driven track with those anthem-like synths. This track is a little different from your typical Tristan Garner beat, but this different definitely isn’t a bad thing.
Tristan Garner – Overdrive (Original Mix)
On Thursday October 20th, Richie Coppolino’s 23rd birthday plays host to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgians are a rare commodity here in the states and on October 20th we’ll be lucky enough to have them. District 36 is an awesome venue (if you don’t believe me check out some images) that recently featured performances by Jonathan Peters and Danny Tengila. Tickets have been on sale for a little more than a week now, but there are still plenty available. They can be purchased by clicking the link here.
If you need further incentive, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were headliners at this past years Tomorrowland. They also recently remixed J-Lo’s new Fiat commercial (Papi) and made me forget how much I hate Pitbull for about five minutes.
The show will also feature Webster Hall resident, Alex English, Fordham University’s Eric David, and NoahStradamus, who will most likely close for the duo. Be sure to purchase your ticket because events like this don’t come around too often.
Last Friday, Spinnin’ Records released a preview of the new Spencer & Hill track ‘Believe It’ and it definitely sounds quite a bit like ‘Beatrocka’, with the addition of Nadia Ali’s vocals which sure doesn’t hurt. This isn’t the first time they’ve done a track with Nadia Ali, as they have a pretty dope remix of ‘Call My Name’. The duo has established themselves with a real progressive electro sound, but hopefully they’ll work on their variance. The track is officially released on October 3rd.
Spencer & Hill – Believe It (Club Mix feat. Nadia Ali)
My man, Tommy Trash, kills this one. This is what electro house is all about right here. This drop is so nasty, at the 2 minute mark your body might convulse. When E-Zoo asked who I’d like to see next year, this guy was the first I mentioned. The man is a force to be reckoned with and he just keeps putting out bomb after bomb. The preview edit was released in late August, and Tiesto has been throwing this one in some of his sets. The track has it all from its mysterious build, to its monster drop, and its overall madness. It makes sense that it has found its way into many electro house sets. The track was officially released today on Musical Freedom Records and can be purchased on Beatport.
On November 26, 2011, Washington DC will host its largest ever dance music event, Fall Massive. The event will be hosted in Lot 8 at RFK Stadium. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “why the hell would I want to go to an outdoor festival in late November?” Well, Steez Promo & Ultraworld Productions make this event incredibly unique because its set up with a series of heated and interconnected tents. Sounds like an idea that could either bomb, or be absolutely awesome! Either way, the artists are worth the experience. This years featured artists include: Moby, Armand Van Helden, Diplo, Martin Solveig, Sidney Samson, Excision, Zedd, Mord Fustang and many more. Super early bird tickets are on sale now.
Why do they put past performers first then wait til the 2 and a half minute mark to show this years artists?! Someone in the marketing team better step their game up.
So last week for some god forsaken reason I tuned into Last Call with Carson Daly Â along with the 20 other people nationwide. Carson Daly begins his show with some plug for Ford cars and then goes to meet with David Guetta. The Guetta interview to me was hilarious, the slow motion walk at the 30 second mark gives it enough reason to watch.
Guetta discusses his music and what his intentions are behind the new dual album, the documentary, and gives a quick elementary sample of how to build a progressive house track (which he thinks is quite confusing and technical [No, its not.]). Skrillex also gets a shoutout. This is also not Guetta’s first appearance on Carson. Hopefully with these interviews, DJ/Producers may soon be able to implement themselves in the late night scene, so the man behind the beat can get some acknowledgment rather than just being the track behind a sweet commercial.
So Wolfgang Gartner’s full length album, Weekend in America was officially released yesterday. Wolfgang, like David Guetta are beginning to implement more and more big names in the Hip Hop and Pop realm to give their music a totally new vibe. David Guetta suggests it provides a “new emotion”.
I mean if I was to tell a big electronic music fan a year ago that Wolfgang Gartner is going to have a song with Camron & Jim Jones you’d laugh in my face and perhaps tell me you’d give me a large sum of money you don’t possess when in it in fact happens. Familiar tracks like Illmerica, Menage A Trois, Forever feat Will.I.AM, and my personal favorite, Space Junk are on the album. I decided to feature Get Em because it has the Wolfgang sound but at the same time features a popular artist, Eve. In my personal opinion, the songs I enjoy most are those without these popular but I can get into Get Em. It’s the first track on the album that really makes the “here I am” type of statement. That party around the world hook is kinda tight too. That being said, sure to check out The Champ and 818 (the most unique track on the album, its in G# if that doesn’t make it strange enough)
Overall if I was to give a grade to Wolfgang’s new album it’d probably be about a B+. His electro house sound is still fostered but there isn’t anything that totally blew me away (not to mention I’ve already heard most of the album through various leaks). Have a listen for yourself, the album can be purchased on Beatport and I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding each and every song on youtube.