Back in September 2018 when we asked Justice‘s Xavier De Rosnay if Woman Worldwidewould feature some sort of visual accompaniment, his response was a characteristically cool, tight lipped allusion to what would eventually wind up being IRIS: A Space Opera by Justice. The band’s visual deep dive into their latest live performance earned a premiere at SXSW, followed by a limited theatrical release earlier this year. Now the documentary is set for a long-awaited wide release thanks to YouTube Music.
Justice made the announcement via social media with a short teaser for the documentary, giving a sneak peek at the band’s first long form visual since 2008’s A Cross the Universe project. While an official release date for IRIS remains still under wraps, the announcement signals to an online premiere in the very near future. In the meantime, fans can sign up to be notified when the film is slated to land here.
Frank Ocean still hasn’t played any live shows in years. But last night, he hosted a club night in New York City called PrEP+ — “an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs … More »
Frank Ocean‘s newly minted club night PrEP+ is off to quite the start, with Justice pulling up to play a surprise headlining set in Brooklyn for the new event series’ debut. PrEP+, announced earlier this week, is described in a statement as,
“An ongoing safe space made to bring people together and dance. The night is named PrEP+ as an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)—which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk—had been invented in that era.”
The event series promised globally celebrated DJs, and certainly delivered in the inaugural showing with Justice. The French house dons set the bar high, though people are likely looking to Ocean for more queer representation with this new club night, so expect a variety of surprise headliners to make their ways to Brooklyn for future iterations of PrEP+.
It’s October so that means mass media is seeing orange and black—and lots of it. Halloween candy is riddling the shelves and houses will soon be speckled with synthetic spider webs and lazily cut jack-o-lanterns.
But if anyone is sparking this spooky season off with devilishly delicious gumption, it’s Kim Petras. The German/Californian singer/songwriter-producer has delivered a sprawling Halloween-themed dance-horror album, second volume to the full-bodied elixir, TURN OFF THE LIGHT. Petras shared the LP’s first arm in October of last year.
Everything about this album is meant to frighten and seduce—all at once. The electro-pop/synth-wave amalgamation emulates Petras’ grueling electronic cohorts like Gesaffelstein and Justice, whose gut-wrenching synths have made them fond bookings at Halloween events around the globe. Her lyrics are precisely what a horror fan would want, with veracious titles like “Massacre,” “Bloody Valentine,” and “Knives” (the last of which loyally employs knife samples in beguiling fashion).
October may have just begun, but for those already reeling in Halloween spirit, this album will keep listeners fraught with witchy, danceable wonder.
This past weekend, partygoers headed to the picturesque desert city of Palm Springs to partake in a magical sun drenched weekend filled with non stop electronic music. Goldenvoice’s Splash House kicked off their first Splash House pool party of the year at 3 iconic Palm Springs hotels. Not only were partygoers offered up a massive
Justice is an electronic duo who have always been as spectacular visually as they are musically. Their live shows can’t be contained within walls, so they often have to play arenas and giant festival stages.
As such, it’s no surprise their live film, Iris, couldn’t be contained in just one screening at SXSW. The French pair of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay just announced via their social media accounts that Iris will receive a theatrical release in their native home of France. With showings beginning on August 29, 2019, the announcement alluded to future screenings in other parts of the world with the quote:
Iris debuted earlier this year at SXSW as a part of the 24 Beats Per Second screening. The film — directed by André Chemetoff and Armand Beraud — presents Justice’s Women Worldwide Tour in a whole new way. Filming the entire performance without an audience present, the two directors capture images and angles that can’t exist during a standard performance.
Additionally, AC Slater, Dom Dolla, Troyboi, Dusky, Shiba San, and more round out Splash House’s June 7 – 9 run. Splayed out across four luxurious Palm Springs’ venues—The Renaissance, Riviera, Saguaro Hotels, and the the Palm Springs Air Museum—Splash House as reinvented the typical festival model over the years, and based on an impeccable 2019 lineup, might be primed for its biggest year yet. See the full lineup below.
Despite this being their second gramophone, something about Justice‘s victory at the 61st Grammy Awards feels a little more special.
The duo were nominated for their debut album in 2008, the seminal †, and eventually would go on to take home the hardware the following year for their inescapable remix of MGMT‘s “Electric Feel” in 2009. But at the time, electronic dance music wasn’t the global phenomenon it is today, and despite having one groundbreaking studio record already under their belts, Justice certainly hadn’t attained the iconic status they now humbly entertain. In 2019 however, things are much different.
Justice took home a well-deserved Grammy Award for their most recent LP, Woman Worldwide, a live homage to not only their third studio album, Woman, but to their entire catalog. The record was a studio emulation of their live performances in support of Woman, though it covers recreations of their biggest hits, spanning over a decade. Now, Woman Worldwide has even inspired a film project, IRIS debuting this spring at SXSW. On February 10, Justice took home the Recording Academy’s Best Dance/Electronic album designation, during “music’s biggest night,” cementing the Ed Banger duo’s legacy as one of the greatest dance acts of all time. And while many of the trailblazing pair’s electronic contemporaries have brought home Grammy Awards in the years since † first landed Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay in the mainstream line of sight, few have done so with the degree of timelessness Woman Worldwide surely commands.
The 2019 Grammy Awards took place tonight. While this year, the academy made waves in the dance music community for nominating some unexpected but entirely deserving artists and songs, in the end, the industry mainstays took home the awards. Best Remix – Mura Masa Mura Masa, who picked up a nomination for Dance/Electronic album of