On the back of their first new tracks in almost four years - Do What You Want and 14U+14ME - Australian electronic dance pioneers, The Presets, have announced a national tour to launch their long awaited fourth studio album Hi Viz.
It’s been a decade since this duo – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like My People, Talk Like That and This Boys In Love.
The Presets’ fourth album Hi Viz – which lands May 18 – delivers a back to basics set, deliberately curated as a proxy for The Presets’ live experience.
“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head,” Hamilton said.
“All the songs on Hi Viz are outward looking, so in that respect it’s much more like our earlier stuff. It’s about trying to capture that energy you get on a great night out with your friends when you get to leave everything else behind you for a while.
“We essentially tried to create the soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at.”
Moyes said the album had taken a long time to create.
“At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise.
“Eventually we decided – let’s just pick the most ‘up for it’ songs.
“Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway so we thought ‘why not have a whole album of them?’.”
Hi Viz has already been teased with two songs - the urgent Do What You Want dropped late last year and featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017 and the sweeping 14U+14ME, which is among the tastemaker station’s most played songs of 2018.
Most of the album has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of Uptown Funk as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.
Apocalypso collaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several Hi Viz tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed Beethoven – a sly nod to their conservatorium years.
Joining The Presets across all their Australian tour dates, Roland Tings will bring his propulsive cuts and dynamic live set to the fore.
Fresh off the heels of releasing his new, stripped back house track One Hundred feat. HIGH HØØPS, the Melbourne producer will be kicking things off each evening with his blistering live set.
DETAILS: The Presets Hi Viz June Tour 2018 at Waves, Wollongong (GA/18+) on Friday, June 22.