The year was 2008. I had just received a new iPod Nano that I was eager to fill with music, and my friends were more than willing to help. In one fell swoop, my ears met Beirut, Bon Iver, and Iron and Wine, but one single stuck out— a little known track called “D.A.N.C.E.,” from a French house duo named Justice. I’d always been a fan of French electronic acts, like Air and Daft Punk, but with Justice, I discovered a side of French electronic music that was more playful.
“Safe and Sound” is the duo’s first new release in nearly three years, but the sound is classic Justice — complete with their trademark slap bass, funky synthesized strings and infectious vocals sung by a choir in unison. And in a world where the nature of electronic music is constantly evolving, it’s comforting to know that some things can and will stay the same.