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The Presets Apocalypso Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

You need The Presets in your life.

Ian Wade 2008

You need The Presets in your life. The Sydney-based duo are another example - joining Cut Copy, Wolfmother and the like - of the tremendous wave of ingenuity emanating from Australia and the superb Modular label.

Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes met at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music, honing their classical skills in the daytime, while exposing themselves through the club scene, to the magic of New Order, Bjork and The Smiths at night. Within a couple of years, they'd released the debut album, Beams, featuring the amazing I Go Hard, I Go Home, and found themselves playing all around the world, at festivals, fashion shows and leather bars. The Presets had arrived.

Apocalypso follows on from their debut, which was centered mainly about the big themes of the dancefloor – dancing and sex. The record sees the duo adopt a 'future pagan' sound, and it's something of a winner. Dark undercurrents, chants and immense house action provide a winning combination on tracks such as This Boy's In Love (you may have seen the video, featuring young men wrestling in milk) or the podium friendly, My People. It's like a giant goth disco full of elegance, masks and sweat. In fact, Julian and Kim could invade any country at whim with this material, and will find many followers kissing their feet. Utterly amazing.

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