It has been some time since French music meant only Sacha Distel, Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Michel Jarre. The first of an exciting new guard appeared in the 1990s, with strong showings for Les Bleus from the likes of Air and Daft Punk.
As French popular music became fashionable, the new century saw a second generation of artists emerge to take first Europe, and then the world, by storm. In recent years, the popular appeal of Laurent Garnier and David Guetta has itself been replaced by the arch-cool of M83 and Justice.
Justice are a case in point. Electronic duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay got together around eight years ago, putting out their debut record, '', in 2007. A heady mix of French house, rock, indie and disco, it made an instant impact picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. It didn't win but they did collect a Grammy for their remix of MGMT's 'Electric Feel'.
After a move to Elektra Records, Justice released their second album 'Audio, Video, Disco' in late October and are taking the new material on a huge world tour in the New Year, beginning in Sydney on 1st January , winding their way to chilly Bristol by early February. The new album has already hit No 5 in France and made the Top 40 in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. There is a lot of excitement about a rare visit to these shores for Augé and Rosnay.
The much-anticipated five-date UK tour kicks off at the O2 Academy in Bristol on 9th February, followed by dates in London (Brixton Academy), Birmingham and Glasgow, before the final show at the Manchester Academy on 13th February 2012.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 18th November, priced £20 regionally, £25 for London. Allez les Bleus!