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NME Best 100_2000s (2012):
No.27 - French electro bomp and sleaze meets otherwise-unspectacular UK indie, unites two hitherto alien tribes and becomes massive hit in the process. That stuttering vocal which seemed to suggest there was an exclamation mark after every single word or so (“We! Are! Your Friends!”) stapled to rubbery, irresistible synths was basically dancefloor catnip, borne out by the fact it’s still played at almost every single club night in the world. Weirdly, despite being a relic of a particular time and place, both Justice and Simian’s finest hour sounds crisp and fresh every time.
NME - Top 150 from 1996 to 2011:
No.19 - Some tracks, the very luckiest and rarest of tracks, hold a unique power in their opening seconds, a certain aural something that has the ability to shift huge numbers of people out of their seat to the very centre of the dancefloor. ‘We Are Your Friends’ was one of those. Anyone who DJ’ed this track in the mid-noughties will attest to the sheer force of those opening synth stabs; it was brainwashing of the finest kind and it got clubs going Neanderthal for years. Still the best thing Justice ever did.
Only in Paris could something as seemingly uncool and ho-hum as a college radio remix contest birth a worldwide dancefloor sensation. Made using pretty rudimentary remixing tools, "We Are Your Friends" not only won Justice some contest prize, it established them as a force to be reckoned with. The prodigal duo almost completely gutted Simian's "Never Be Alone" with the same audacity that would make their debut album such a monolith a few years later. However, despite the drastic re-imagining, Justice, always rockists at heart, preserved the original's fist-pumping immediacy, a detail too many remixes neglect. --Adam Moerder