Justice to return with Civilization

French dance duo adopt minimalist PR strategy, posting only the title and cover of new single on Facebook

Justice are back. Four years after they issued a club blockbuster with an unpronounceable title, the Paris DJs reveal the monumental artwork for their new single, Civilization.

This could be Justice's year. Since Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack landed like a damp squib, there may be room for France's other dance duo to seize the electro-house crown. Certainly they seem to have taken cues from Daft Punk's minimalist PR strategy: thus far, Justice's announcement of new music consists of one word, and one image, on Facebook . The only other hint is reportedly in this Adidas video, where the 15-second soundtrack is claimed to have been taken from Civilization's intro.

Then again, Justice may not be ready to launch a PR blitz. Civilization's first announcement came neither from the duo, their old label, Ed Banger, nor their new label, Elektra. Instead, word slipped out via a French creative agency Surface to Air, which designed the cover and shared it without fanfare. It is not clear whether this would have been Justice's preferred mode of dissemination.

As for a description of the music, there is only a recent comment by Jesse Keeler, from MSTRKRFT, who told a radio interviewer that the Justice album was finished. "[It's] done and from what they told me it sounds like a band practising, actually just the other day," he said. "It'll be very interesting to see how the music evolves." Fans of Justice have also uncovered song titles, including Demon Says, Shout It Out and Valerian, registered with France's composers association by the band's Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay; these may appear on the new LP.

Justice's first album, †, has sold more than 60,000 copies in the UK.


Sean Michaels

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