In electronic music today, in a time where singles & EPs are most prevalent, good full length albums are hard to come by. In that rare occasion when a good dance album is released & discovered, even then will you find that only half, maybe three quarters of the tracks are absolute killers. An occasion even more rare is when you can put on an album, sit back and thoroughly enjoy each track from start to finish; no skipping, no fast forwarding…just pure bliss all the way through.
Jupiter, the wonderful French-English duo based out of Paris, have beautifully accomplished this feat by producing a full length album that dazzles and shines from beginning to end. The album, “Juicy Lucy” is surely one of 2012’s finest and in a unified gesture of appreciation, four of today’s biggest electronic music blogs have come together to make sure the world knows what a truly great album Jupiter have made.
Gotta Dance Dirty, Harder Blogger Faster, Nashville Nights and Stoney Roads have united in an Avengers-style alliance to proudly present: JUPITER APPRECIATION DAY! It’s a celebration of Jupiter and the release of “Juicy Lucy” and a unique way to showcase the band’s songwriting & musicianship and how the band’s influences across the spectrum of every genre & every decade have helped them produce one of our favorite albums of the year.
For JUPITER APPRECIATION DAY, GDD, HBF, NN + SR each fired off a round of questions to the band, resulting in a clever + insightful interview. And capping off the feature is the sharp, crafty, spot-on review of “Juicy Lucy” by Harder Blogger Faster.
#GETJUICY with the interview, #GETJUICY with the album review and most of all, pick up the release of “Juicy Lucy” (out TODAY) and #GETJUICY!
Jupiter’s debut full length album releases today worldwide. Be sure to pick it up via your favorite online retailer, and #GETJUICY!
If you could form a supergroup of deceased artists/musicians, who would you pick (bonus points for coming up w/a cool band name)?
What are your all time favorite album covers?
What types of wine pair well with “Juicy Lucy”?
Which article of clothing in your closet can you not live without?
What are three super cheesy tracks that you’re not embarrassed to admit you love?
Barry Manilow – Copacabana. Amélie used to play that one so often in parties that our friends got extremely bored with it. We like pretty much everything in this song: the music, the voice, the backing vocals and above all the story! There’s something special about upbeat songs with tragic stories: Lola’s was definitely a tragic one.
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain. Cheesiest song ever and the video is not of any help. But this song is like a anthem to us: when we have doubts about whether or not a song we are writing is over top we think about November Rain and everything becomes sophisticated, it’s magical.
Axel Bauer – Cargo De Nuit. It’s actually a very good tune, we believe it could appeal to anyone who likes our music! Still, in France people avoid confessing their secret love for that song like the black plague.
If your studio was on fire and you could go in a save one thing, what would it be and why?
If you could choose any film from history for Juicy Lucy to be the soundtrack, what would it be and why?
What’s the coolest thing in your house?
What do you collect apart from records?
If you could remix any song from history, what would you choose and why?
Your bio mentions you guys met on an empty dance floor in London. Can you elaborate on this night and how you came to form Jupiter?
What’s your ideal live performance environment?
Did any aspects of your music listening experience change after becoming a producer?
Parts of Juicy Lucy remind me of Cicada’s 2006 self titled debut. Are you guys fans? Which artists did you draw influences from while crafting the album?
What’s your preferred DAW?
A majority of readers will most likely be bedroom producers, what advice can you give them?
Is Juicy Lucy a real lady in your life and if so how can we get in contact with her?
Analog or software synths?
Will you be visiting Australia anytime soon?
Nu-Disco’s rise over the last 3 years has been meteoric; but it hasn’t reached a point where it has broken the mainstream glass-ceiling. It would be fair to say that disco’s marquee time is still in the late 70’s and early 80’s – but with Jupiter’s debut album ‘Juicy Lucy’ it could be that another relatively unknown French duo have made an album that can finally stand alongside the greats both past and present.
It’s as accomplished as you can get without sounding too much like a nostalgic ride down to Studio 54. At the heart of Jupiter’s debut album are proper songs, songs that could be played on daytime radio alongside the Kanye’s and Beyonce’s of this world. From the Chromeo-esque vocoded chorus’ of ‘Elliot Uppercut’ to their current single ‘One O Six’ their unique brand disco never gets boring and doesn’t just trudge the classics for references – they try reimagining them in a world where dance music is at the core of youth culture.
You’ve got everything from future anthem, and call to arms ‘Set The Course of The Nile’ to hip-hop infused funk of ‘Hula Hoop’, which shows off their ability to make music that is genuinely original, with a peculiar use of effects on Amelie’s voice. By the halfway mark it hits its stride with cosmic keys of ‘Sake’ which effortlessly sits alongside the more bubblegum pop vocals of ‘Oh I’.
‘Juicy Lucy’ is a triumph in every sense of the word, the album snatches every memorable melody from the last 30 years and condenses them into a short, but sweet 50 minutes. It references everything from Les Rhythmes Digital, Chic and Daft Punk to Kate Bush, The Jacksons and Blondie. There are no weak tracks to speak of and Amelie’s vocals are incredible – they’re organic, yet, intisingly foreign – and for what it’s worth she’s not splattered across every song and chorus, but liberally sprinkled like magic pixie dust.
With two of disco’s biggest stars passing within a week of each other, the changing of the guard is happening now. But thankfully, with Jupiter, disco is in a safe pair of hands.
HBF Rating 5/5