There were plenty of new friends to be made as nearly all of WayHome's attendance swarmed the WayBright stage for Justice. The New French Touch duo opened with an epic extended live mix of "Safe and Sound," immediately sweeping the audience under the spell of their massive sound. As the duo patiently teased out the drop of the funk-tinged hit, the masses were immediately lusting for the undeniable groove and analog girth that was to follow.
The set spoke to the audience with well-timed samples reminding everyone to "stay on track," "dance" and that here, they were "safe and sound," embracing the notion of electronic music's narrative capacity. Fluidly moving through their unique blend of rock, funk and disco, the duo' aggressive brand of dance-pop was relentless, well-rounded and electrifying. Their ability to cater to — and, when fitting, completely ignore — audience expectations was the standout of WayHome's Friday night (July 28) programming. Using cuts from Woman as the glue of the set, the French touch duo moved through anthemic selections from Cross — all while using an analog set up to reinterpret the emotional register of classics like "Stress" with an incredible (and equally tense) light show.
It was the closest that WayHome would get to nabbing Daft Punk for their billing this weekend. Even the least rhythmically inclined found a way to move as they were carried by the energy of the audience, leaving everyone dancing in absolute ecstasy.