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The prestigious and highly-coveted Australian Music Prize has unveiled its official shortlist today. Beginning with an 85-album Longlist made up of Australia’s strongest and most beloved records for the year, the prize’s shortlist is now down to just 9 of Australia’s most important releases of 2018.

2018’s shortlist once again sees the true artist breadth of Australian music; from Gurrumul’s posthumous orchestral release ‘Djarimirri’ to Courtney Barnett’s indie pop tome ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ to The Presets’ self-described “Pub Rock Techno” album ‘Hi Viz’. Then there’s Abbe May’s sexy funk on ‘Fruit’, Dead Can Dance’s art-rock masterpiece ‘Dionysus’, dream-pop songwriter Laura Jean’s ‘Devotion’ and the baroque-folk of Grand Salvo and their record ‘Sea Glass’.  The instrumental jazz stylings of Sam Anning’s ‘Across A Field As Vast as One’ and rock of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s ‘Hope Downs’ rounds out perhaps the most eclectic list in the Australian Music Prize’s 14 year history.

As each year starts to tick by you think it’ll be easier than the last to settle on the nine. Then the excellent albums start to stack up and the judging panel is again faced with a Herculean task of collectively agreeing – and 2018 was no different,” said judge and journalist Kate Hennessy.

Even as people who listen constantly to Australian music, the judges are always surprised by new discoveries, which are by no means always new artists, either. This discovery is one of the prize’s most rewarding and important roles. We are all really proud of the breadth of Australian music evidenced by this year’s shortlist.”

The AMP Shortlist transcends genre, popularity and politics, with 21 judges – including artistsjournalists, retailers, programmers and more – selecting the best Australian albums of the year based solely on artistic merit. The AMP Shortlist proves the virility and importance of the album format as it continues to boldly wave the flag as an artistic counterpoint to on-demand single track consumption.

“Looking at the Shortlist as a judge, what’s thrilling isn’t just that there were more than 400 albums from which to choose and somehow we got it down to 9, but that the best of 2018 had such breadth as well as depth. Said Australian Music Prize judge Bernard Zuel. “From neo-classical intersecting with traditional indigenous and a record which captured the sounds of the world as heard through Australian ears to electronica with a hard edge, jazz and rock, there was so much to sink teeth into. How good is it that artists still see what an album can do?

With past winners including The DronesA.B. Original, Courtney Barnett, Sampa the Great, Lisa Mitchell and The Jezabels, the Australian Music Prize awards the year’s best album $30,000 courtesy of its principal partner PPCA and is respected along with global contemporaries including the UK’s Mercury Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize.

Dan Rosen, Chief Executive PPCA said “On behalf of PPCA, I would like to congratulate the nine artists that have made it through to the shortlist of the 14th Australian Music Prize. All of them have produced remarkable albums. We look forward to presenting the winner with their $30,000 prize money in March.”

The judges will meet in Melbourne on March 7th to decide upon a winner of the 14th Annual Australian Music Prize.

The winner will be revealed at a special ceremony in Melbourne on the same day.

Australian electronic dance luminaries THE PRESETS – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – unveil their highly anticipated fourth studio album HI VIZ today.  Featuring the singles “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017, classic dance floor filler “14U+14ME”, and “Downtown Shutdown”, which is currently triple j’s most played song of the week, HI VIZ is destined to enhance The Presets’ already formidable reputation.

THE PRESETS’ are credited as producers on the album, while most of the record 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.  Apocalypsocollaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s nod to their Conservatorium years.

The release of HI VIZ will be followed by a national tour across June.  Commencing in Perth on June 13, it heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, winding up on the Gold Coast on June 29.

Julian said today, “However you are experiencing HI VIZ today – whether you’re at home with the vinyl, in the car with the CD, or streaming it off your phone on the way to work – just promise us one thing… that you’re gonna blast it loud.”

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, and many of the artists with whom they’ve worked make HI VIZ cameos. “Are You Here?” features the DMA’s, whose latest album was co-produced by Kim, Alison Wonderland guests on “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters adds vocals to “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets delivered anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ OUT TODAY – DOWNLOAD / STREAM HERE

WATCH EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE FROM “DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN” VIDEO HERE:

 

 

Australian electronic dance pioneers THE PRESETS are back with a vengeance, announcing today that their long awaited fourth studio album HI VIZ is set for release on May 18 through EMI Music Australia, and will be followed by a national tour across June, taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Their return was heralded in spectacular fashion late last year with the first taste of new music from HI VIZ – the urgent “Do What You Want”, which 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” – the pair’s sly nod to their Conservatorium years.

“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head”, explains Julian Hamilton. “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.”

“It’s taken us ages to make this album because we just kept writing and recording more and more songs”, reflects Kim Moyes. “At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise. Eventually we decided – fuck it – 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?’”.

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, so it’s not surprising that they, once again, are credited as Producers for their own album. It’s also apt that some of the artists with whom they’ve worked should make HI VIZcameos. For example, “Are You Here?” features indie rockers the DMA’s, whose latest release was co-produced by Kim. Similarly Alison Wonderland – for whom The Presets recently created a widely played remix – guested on the beaty “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters added vocals to the dark’n’steamy “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ lands May 18 and the album is available for pre-order from today, visit: thepresets.com/preorder.

 

THE PRESETS

HI VIZ JUNE TOUR 2018

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & TRIPLE J

With special guest Roland Tings

 

For complete tour and ticketing, visit: livenation.com.au/artist/the-presets-tickets

 

METROPOLIS, PERTH (GA/18+) – WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE (GA/All Ages) – FRIDAY JUNE 15

FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (GA/18+)  – SATURDAY JUNE 16

UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (GA/18+) – THURSDAY JUNE 21

WAVES, WOLLONGONG (GA/18+) – FRIDAY JUNE 22

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (GA/All Ages)  – SATURDAY JUNE 23

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE (GA/18+)   – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST (GA/18+)  – FRIDAY JUNE 29

 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Fan pre-sale: 11am, Monday April 9 until 11am, Wednesday April 11