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Anyone who was out and about in the clubs of this world in the mid-2000s could not miss the Parisian electro duo Justice, consisting of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Quickly considered the legetime successor to Daft Punk, they dominated the dance floors with their debut album “Cross” and hits like “DVNO” and “D.A.N.C.E.”. On their second studio album “Audio, Video, Disco”, they took it a bit easier and paid homage to the AOR of the 70s and 80s. The third album, “Woman”, followed in 2016. Now Gaspard Augé ventures his solo debut with a new single and announced album.

“Force Majeure” is a gleefully over-the-top dance anthem, sealing Augé’s reputation as a master of maximalism. While some elements recall his work with Justice – the crunch and whir of the synthesizers, the sense of cinematic grandeur of the song – “Force Majeure” his first single exudes a bombastic playfulness that creates a sonic utopia that ignores narrow definitions of “good or bad taste” and captures the innocence of enjoying music in youth, where emotion is the primary guide.

The single is accompanied by a pompous video filmed in Turkey, in which Augé performs the song’s drum intro on the factory floor of the Bosphorus cymbal factory.

Watch the new video on YOUTUBE

Photo: Dominic Louth