Motez dims things down a notch for vibey new single, The Future
The Australian king of house enlists Antony & Cleopatra for a new, melodic sound ahead of his biggest Australian tour yet.
Adelaide house lord Motez has always been an artist ahead of the curve, with his knack for creating high-energy house bangers cementing him as one of Australia's finest producers. Last year's The Vibe EP saw his sound evolve, enlisting names such as Tkay Maidza for an EP which he described as "fun, relaxed and not too serious", hinting at a more accessible sound but continuing his club-ready vibe that we've all grown to love over the past four years. The Future - his new single and first since the April's two-side Praise EP - sees Motez take the next step in evolving his sound, enlisting Australian up-and-comers Antony & Cleopatra for a more melodic and accessible track, distancing himself from his house roots in favour of a more synth-poppy sound. It's a risky move, especially for an artist whose foundations is built heavily on his unique, bouncy sound, but it pays off well.
The Future matches Antony & Cleopatra's uplifting vocals with a slick, funky production which is far more subtle and restrained than your typical Motez banger, bringing together a soft bassline, crisp percussion claps and twinkling melodies underneath the emotive vocal line. The track takes a bit of an unexpected turn towards the end, with a delicate string line paving the way for an atmospheric breakdown, which pairs polished guitar work and hand claps with a haunting choir line supplied by Barossa Valley's St. Jakobi Lutheran Primary School before circling back to the single's upbeat chorus. It's definitely a more emotional and moving track than we're used to from Motez, but it works really, really well, and it's no doubt going to go down an absolute treat as he tours the country this September with his biggest live set-up yet, bringing fellow Australian dons Mickey Kojak and Tigerilla along for the ride.
Follow Motez: FACEBOOK