A New Sky
The Presets will make you dance like it's the end of the world, or the Apocalypso. On their 2006 debut, Beams, the Australian duo ranged from electro to dance-rock which veered with weird glitchy detours. Their follow-up is more focused and has a sweaty nightclub entirely in its sights. From the first acid squelch of "Kicking and Screaming" and "yeah, yeah, yeah" chant on "My People", the album throbs with four-on-the-floor scuz-disco and synth-pop. Only on "If I Know You" does the pace decelerate briefly to catch momentary breath.