According to Xavier de Rosnay of Justice, Audio, Video, Disco is lighter than their first album; this album is like "daytime music" and is not as aggressive as the first one. The album also features more collaborations than on †.
The album's first single, "Civilization", was released digitally on 28 March 2011. "Audio, Video, Disco" was confirmed as the second single and was originally intended to be released on 19 September 2011; the single was eventually expanded into an EP and was released on 26 September 2011. A preview of the single was released on 19 August 2011, via the BBC website. The official music video was released on 6 September 2011 via the band's Facebook page. On 21 August, producer Busy P released a one-minute-long sample of "Helix" in his 2011 Fall Delivery Mix, as well as a two-minute sample of the Para One remix of "Audio, Video, Disco". On 13 December 2011, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that "On'n'On" would be the next single, released in late January 2012. Along with the announcement, they also revealed the single artwork, created by Surface to Air and that the package would include remixes of "On'n'On" by Rick Rubin, Brodinski and Video Village and two remixes of "Canon"—another track from Audio, Video, Disco—by Erol Alkan and Tiga. In June 2012, they released the fourth single, "New Lands". It features remixes from A-Trak and Ed Banger labelmate SebastiAn. "Helix", the fifth single from the album, was released on January 7, 2013. The EP features remixes from Gesaffelstein and Domenico Torti. It also includes "Presence", a composition that was a hidden track at the end of "Audio, Video, Disco".
The album has received generally positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 69 rating (out of a hundred) on Metacritic. Australia's Triple J radio station had the album as their feature album of the week from 24 to 30 October 2011.