The Presets

    {grate 4} It’s been almost four years since psychedelic Australian
    electro duo the Presets began serving up hard, pulse-pounding, dance-all-night
    beatlines, and their newest release, Apocalypso, soldiers on right where 2005’s
    Beams left off: in your face.

    The Presets had a lot to live up to with their sophomore
    attempt after racking up a huge clubgoer fan base with sweaty mindfucks like “I
    Go Hard, I Go Home” and a remixed Beams re-release featuring head-pounding
    collaborations from fellow thumping electro acts like Simian Mobile Disco,
    Digitalism and Midnight Juggernauts. But judging from Apocalypso’s No. 1 debut
    on the Australian charts, coupled with a sold-out concert tour, the boys are
    back with a snarling, infectiously danceable vengeance, and it’s easy to see why.

    Dirty bass lines and gritty beats ignite opener “Kicking and
    Screaming,” an electronic storm that sets the pace for the album’s remaining 10
    songs. To put it simply, when Julian Hamilton’s baritone finally slashes the
    relentless synth verses of the almost desperately built-up intro with a
    piercing bark of “When I was young, I collected my heroes,” it will be
    impossible to not drop everything you’re doing and dance like you know how.

    As the jarring rollercoaster ride of “Kicking and Screaming”
    ends, you’ll be dazed, grinning and gasping, but instead of letting you rest,
    the duo immediately blankets the dance floor with the industrial, almost
    ragged, rhythm of head-thumper “My People.” And it just keeps going right on
    down to the last song, the soft but dynamic “Anywhere,” which features filthy
    lyrics (“Deeper, I know you want it deeper”) plastered over a steady barrage of
    pulsing beatlines. Add to the mix songs like “Aeons,” which ditches the vocals
    and relies on a series of euphoric sounds to lull listeners into deep
    relaxation, and the Presets prove why they are electro masters.

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