eMusic Review 0
For their second album, Apocalypso, Presets duo Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes have taken a dive into the darker side of dancefloor pop. And from the first track, "Kicking and Screaming," they compel you to follow them, into a world of solid electro beats and sinister dry ice.
The twosome bonded over a love of film scores, and that's apparent here, from the Mel-Gibson-poking title to the strong '80s sci-fi feel they've given to their synthesisers. In fact, '80s influences pepper the record; "If I Know You" is an illicit kiss shared by Marc Almond and the Pet Shop Boys; "Eucalyptus" sounds like "Being Boiled"-era Human League holidaying Down Under and there's a hard, industrial streak of Nitzer Ebb running throughout.
Occasionally, subtlety may have been sacrificed in favour of obvious dancefloor mood-jerkers, but there's not an ounce of spare fat or flabbiness here; Apocalypso is as streamlined as the pecs of a podium dancer and just as suited to nightlife.