It’s impossible not to want to move your feet to ‘Downtown Shutdown’, the new single from Aussie dance doyens The Presets.
The boys’ new single follows on from ‘Do What You Want’ and ’14U+14ME’ in being plucked from their forthcoming album ‘Hi Viz’ for single status.
Not only does this track make you want to get up and boogie (thanks in part to the rousing African chorus), but there’s also a serious message wrapped up within.
“These lyrics had been bouncing around in my head for ages”, Mister Hamilton reveals. “I remember seeing footage of the Occupy Wall Street protests years ago and feeling inspired at how passionate humans can literally shut down a city.
“I always figured the words ‘Downtown Shutdown’ would eventually be set to a more late-night, aggressive, banging Presets track like ‘My People’ but fortunately Kim had the idea of taking it in pretty much the opposite direction.”
“I thought some of those protests actually felt more like celebrations”, adds Mister Moyes, “So I wanted a feel-good, Sunday afternoon, street party vibe for this one. We dug into a lot of ’80s New York block party and disco music.”
They’re joined by members of the St Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir from Shepparton in regional Victoria, who provide the stirring vocals.