Justice - Waters of Nazareth
Parisian duo Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge are, if you believe the hype, set to be the new Daft Punk. Indeed, they are signed to Ed Banger Records, a label started by Daft Punk's manager, and have so far remixed the likes of Soulwax, Franz Ferdinand and Britney Spears.
Listening to the Waters of Nazareth EP is something of a curious experience. Let's get this out of the way first: the production is bad. (Or rough, if you want to be kind.) Even the volume seems bizarrely low set. It's so bad one wonders if it's actually deliberate.
Putting this gripe aside, I don't think anyone's ever managed to wring such chaos out of a ZX Spectrum (before throwing it out of a window, naturally). Dirty bass growls like a seriously pissed-off rottweiler. Bleeps and beats smash and grab with the ferocity of a hundred rioters at a McDonald's shop front. Hell, there's even some squally organ thrown in to the mix, adding an almost gothic undertone. The action does however let up on Carpates, making it the weakest of the three tracks.
Judging by the video below, Justice could develop into one of the most exciting acts in the world. Already they would appear to be the DIY Daft Punk. It's just a pity then that this recording doesn't quite come to life in the way it should.