Australian electronic duo the Presets' all-conquering sophomore set "Apocalypso" (Modular/Universal Music Australia) has capped off the awards season with another pair of gongs, taking out top honors over the weekend at the 2008 J Awards and at the Sydney Music Art and Culture (SMAC) Awards.

The Presets grabbed the prestigious J Award, one of three honors bequeathed at the Dec. 5 ceremony in Sydney celebrating the Australian albums of the year. Two evenings later, the album was named record of the year at the SMAC Awards, presented by FM station FBi and Time Out magazine.

Australia's state-run radio network Triple J initiated the J Award in 2005 to recognize outstanding homegrown albums. A panel, led by Triple J's music director Richard Kingsmill, adjudges the nominees' creativity, innovation and musicianship.

Hip hoppers the Herd and indie-pop newcomers the John Steel Singers were the other main winners at the ceremony. The Herd took out Australian music video of the year for their new single, "2020" (Elefant Traks/Inertia), while Inertia-signed John Steel Singers were named unearthed artist of the year.

It's been a stellar year for the Presets - comprising Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton - whose album won "best band" award at the 2008 GQ Man of the Year awards, and the platinum-selling hit from it, "My People," recently took out newspaper the Age's EG Award for "best single."

"Apocalypso" is certified double platinum (140,000 sales) after bowing at No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart back in April. The band went on to win a slew of trophies at the ARIA Awards, including the best album and band of the year titles.

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