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Apocalypso

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What with Vince Clarke living in semi-retirement in rural Maine and New Order suddenly realizing after 30 years that they don't like each other all that much, it's a hard time to be a fan of synthesizer dance pop from the '80s. Until the Presets' second album comes on, that is. The Sydney-based duo of singer Julian Hamilton and synthesist Kim Moyes is straight-ahead old-fashioned electro-pop circa 1984, when the fusion of the Human League and Giorgio Moroder was complete but the cold, hard demands of techno and house hadn't yet asserted themselves outside of Detroit and Chicago. Tracks like first single "My People" and its surging follow-up, "This Boy's in Love," have the characteristic blend of steely synths, thumping electronic beats, and Motown-derived soul-tinged vocals that characterized the predominant strain of mid-'80s synth pop. It's not entirely retro -- "Eucalyptus," the Daft Punk-like "Talk Like That," and the soaring "A New Sky" would sound at home in any mainstream club DJ's set circa 2008 -- but the overall feel of the album from its arrangements to the sci-fi-themed cover art and even the album title (which several artists used for songs back in the day, from the Monochrome Set and Lords of the New Church to the Motels and Mental as Anything) harks back to the day when the Fairlight CMI was the height of musical sophistication and Jellybean Benitez and Arthur Baker were the hottest remixers on the block.
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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1
Kicking And Screaming
00:05:43

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

2
My People
00:04:27

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Modular Recordings, under exclusive license to Universal Music Australia

3
A New Sky
00:04:34

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

4
This Boys In Love
00:04:10

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

5
Yippiyo-Ay
00:04:31

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

6
Talk Like That
00:03:41

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

7
Eucalyptus
00:03:19

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

8
If I Know You
00:04:28

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

9
Together
00:05:48

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

10
Aeons
00:03:23

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

11
Anywhere
00:06:16

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

DISC 2

1
This Boy's In Love (Zombie Nation Remix)
00:08:06

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Zombie Nation, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

2
Kicking And Screaming (Bang Gang's E Is For Edit)
00:06:53

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist - The Bang Gang DeeJays, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

3
If I Know You (Tom Middleton Remix)
00:05:34

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Tom Middleton, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

4
This Boy's In Love (Kevin Saunderson Remix)
00:06:45

Kevin Saunderson, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

5
Talk Like That (Dave Spoon Televized Mix)
00:07:44

Dave Spoon, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

6
My People (Mouse On Mars Terror Pretzel Remix)
00:03:46

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Mouse on Mars, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Modular Recordings

7
If I Know You (Heartbreak Remix)
00:06:45

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Heartbreak, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

8
I Go Hard, I Go Home (DJ Hell Remix)
00:09:07

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - DJ Hell, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Modular Recordings

9
Talk Like That (CFCF Remix)
00:05:41

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - CFCF, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

10
If I Know You (Tania & Jori Version)
00:04:54

Julian Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Jori Hulkkonen, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - The Presets, Producer, MainArtist - Tania Bowers, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Kimberley Moyes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Modular Recordings

Album Description

What with Vince Clarke living in semi-retirement in rural Maine and New Order suddenly realizing after 30 years that they don't like each other all that much, it's a hard time to be a fan of synthesizer dance pop from the '80s. Until the Presets' second album comes on, that is. The Sydney-based duo of singer Julian Hamilton and synthesist Kim Moyes is straight-ahead old-fashioned electro-pop circa 1984, when the fusion of the Human League and Giorgio Moroder was complete but the cold, hard demands of techno and house hadn't yet asserted themselves outside of Detroit and Chicago. Tracks like first single "My People" and its surging follow-up, "This Boy's in Love," have the characteristic blend of steely synths, thumping electronic beats, and Motown-derived soul-tinged vocals that characterized the predominant strain of mid-'80s synth pop. It's not entirely retro -- "Eucalyptus," the Daft Punk-like "Talk Like That," and the soaring "A New Sky" would sound at home in any mainstream club DJ's set circa 2008 -- but the overall feel of the album from its arrangements to the sci-fi-themed cover art and even the album title (which several artists used for songs back in the day, from the Monochrome Set and Lords of the New Church to the Motels and Mental as Anything) harks back to the day when the Fairlight CMI was the height of musical sophistication and Jellybean Benitez and Arthur Baker were the hottest remixers on the block.
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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