So Justice are back on the Essential Mix for the first since 2007. Initially this mix was slated to drop the week before their recently released third LP – Woman, but was understandable delayed in order to prioritise completing said LP. Unfortunately upon hearing the new album it would appear that the extra time taken was insufficient to save, what is in our opinion, all skirt and no trousers. Listen Here: [ Justice – Woman ].

Gone was the energy and bombast of their 2007 debut and in its place was a limp pastiche of Daft Punk chilling at James Murphy’s house with a bottle of red and a cheeseboard. An affliction of time passing that is not unique to Justice and has ended many a bands career. BUT…all may not be lost, could this be Justice’s ‘Human After All’? A 3rd album that equally left many a Daft Punk fan disappointed. Perhaps like their Parisian forebears they can re-imagine a career low point and in the process rekindle that magnetic ferocity of old? If so, what better way to start the healing process than with a kicking in yer face mixtape on the worlds biggest mix show – The Essential Mix…

Justice - Essential Mix [ Mixtape ]

Alas, within the first 90 seconds Justice move swiftly to douse our forlorn hopes with the following introduction: “We made this Essential Mix to show another side of the music we love, and don’t fully get to play in clubs or festivals, its slow moody and heavy…”  WHAT… come on guys! We all have things that we love and dont fully get to share with the world. For example I love my pyjamas and putting on my slippers after a hard days work, but Im not about to wear them in public just because I like them. Perhaps a little harsh, but you get my point.

In truth the comparison to my PJ’s is a little unfair as there are some great records on display here, which are well sequenced and provide an interesting insight into the Justice sound. BUT and this is a big but, I can’t help but feel that Justice missed a trick here by not adequately representing their club sound. Not, I should point out, that we have a problem with a mix exploring non-club related sounds, take the fabulous Todd Terje Essential Mix as a case in point [Listen Here]. But when 90% of your appeal is nightclub not vintage vinyl collectors club you need to represent that sound, especially when curating an Essential Mix.

Justice – Essential Mix 2016 [ Mixtape ]

Tracklist

Jackson and His Computer Band – Dead Living Things [Warp Records]
Principles of Geometry – Spring Dodged
Frank Ocean – Nikes [Boys Don’t Cry]
Air – Playground Love [Virgin]
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You [Phantasy Sound]
M83 – Walkway Blues [Naive]
Late of the Pier – Blueberry [Phantasy Sound]
Shock Machine – Open Up The Sky [Marathon Artists]
The Flaming Lips – Always There…In Our Hearts [Warner Bros.]
The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking [Atlantic]
Serge Gainsbourg – Flash Forward
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Le Chat du Café des Artistes
John Carpenter – Escape From NY [Varese Sarabande]
Cobra Space Adventure Soundtrack – Shi No Koshin [Animusik]
T. Rex – Monolith [Fly]
GENER8ION – Close (To The Metal) [Bromance]
Justice – Stop [Ed Banger]
Gesaffelstein – Aleph [The Vinyl Factory]
Fern Kinney – Baby Let Me Kiss You [T.K. Disco]
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information [Epic]
Tame Impala – Led Zeppelin [Modular]
Miguel – The Valley [RCA]
DJ Pone – Falken’s Maze [Ed Banger]
Sly & The Family Stone – In Time [Epic]
Ennio Morricone – Cavallina A Cavallo (Jackson Edit)
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con
Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times [Paisley Park]
Soft Hair – Relaxed Lizard [Weird World Record Co.]
Mort Garson – Plantasia [Homewood Records]
The Zombies – The Way I Feel Inside [Decca]
Todd Rundgren – A Treatise On Cosmic Fire [Bearsville]
Harry Nilsson – One [RCA]
Shock Machine – Shock Machine
Justice – Presence [Ed Banger]
Air – Electronic Performer [Source]
Pink Floyd – The Great Gig In The Sky [Harvest]
Nicolas Godin – Orca [Because Music]
Anna Meredith – Nautilus
Scratch Massive – Golden Dreams [Oraculo Records]
Jackson and His Computer Band – Seal [Warp Records]
Alan Braxe & The Spimes – One More Chance [Scion Audio/Visual]
Justice – Love S.O.S. [Ed Banger]

Related Listening

Justice – Essential Mix 2007