Safe and Sound (Justice song)

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"Safe and Sound"
Justice - Safe and Sound cover art.jpg
Single by Justice
from the album Woman
Released 13 July 2016 (2016-07-13)
Format Digital download
Length 5:46
  • Gaspard Augé
  • Xavier de Rosnay
Producer(s) Justice
Justice singles chronology
"Safe and Sound"

"Safe and Sound"

"Safe and Sound" is a song by French electronic music duo Justice. It was released as the lead single from their third studio album, Woman (2016), on 13 July 2016. The song debuted and peaked on the French Singles Chart at number 48.[1]

Background and release[edit]

Prior to the song's release, a user on social media site Reddit discovered "Safe and Sound" in a DJ set by Busy P, head of Ed Banger Records, through the Shazam mobile app.[2][3][4] On 13 July 2016, "Safe and Sound" received its first radio airplay on DJ Annie Mac's radio show on BBC Radio 1.[4] On the same day, the song was made available as a free download, in both MP3 and WAV formats, from Justice's website.[5][6] After the song's release, many magazines and news websites made expectations for a new studio album to be released soon by the band.[7][8][9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

"Safe and Sound" received positive reviews from critics. They often praised the song's disco-like structure and sound. Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone called the song "a psychedelic disco epic built on finger snaps, synth-strings, spastic jazz-fusion synths and one of the fiercest slap-bass grooves since Patrice Rushen's 1982 classic 'Forget Me Nots'."[11] Lyndsey Havens of Consequence of Sound compared the song to Justice's hit song "D.A.N.C.E.", citing the "repetitive, hypnotic hook and airy vocals that sail over the song’s booming synth" as a reason why. She also complimented the duo's use of a funk-like bass and synthesized strings for the song.[12] Allison Sadlier of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song stays true to the duo's disco-reminiscent "modern techno-style" sound and "makes for [a] dance worthy listen."[13]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[6]
1."Safe and Sound"5:46


Chart (2016) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 29
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 8
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 37
France (SNEP)[1] 48


  1. ^ a b " – Justice – Safe and Sound" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory (8 July 2016). "Justice's New Track "Safe and Sound" Emerges Online". Exclaim!. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Krystal (7 July 2016). "Did A Reddit User Just Uncover a New Justice Track?". Thump. Vice. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (13 July 2016). "Justice announce return with new single 'Safe and Sound'". Fact. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Claymore, Gabriela Tully (13 July 2016). "Justice – "Safe And Sound"". Stereogum. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Justice – Safe And Sound (master)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Maine, Sammy (13 July 2016). "Listen as Justice release first song in five years: 'Safe and Sound'". NME. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Yoo, Noah (13 July 2016). "Justice Release First New Song in Five Years, "Safe and Sound": Listen". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Lee, Valarie (13 July 2016). "Justice has officially shared 'Safe And Sound'". Mixmag. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Meadow, Matthew (13 July 2016). "Justice Releases New Song "Safe And Sound"". YourEDM. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Reed, Ryan (13 July 2016). "Hear Justice's Trippy First Single in Five Years, 'Safe and Sound'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (13 July 2016). "Justice return with first single in five years, 'Safe and Sound'". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Sadlier, Allison (13 July 2016). "Justice: Safe and Sound first song in 5 years". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  14. ^ " – Justice – Safe and Sound" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  15. ^ " – Justice – Safe and Sound" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  16. ^ " – Justice – Safe and Sound" (in Dutch). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  17. ^ " – Justice – Safe and Sound" (in French). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 13 August 2016.