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Motez ‘The Vibe’ is a multi-dimensional dance album that will fill that particular void in your music collection, bringing a deep, nourishing sigh. Loaded with ambience while being as unpredictable as a street fight, with mean cuts and beautiful punches, it edges itself along without hesitation; there’s a real ear-to-the-street feel here.
Electricity paired with grunge and a rainy, city night… music for cruising from club to club, and as home in Sydney as it would be in the edgy night-life of Detroit, or party central, Vegas. A chameleon, revealing elements of straight-forward electro and dance, trip hop, delivering artful enterprising of psy-trance soundscapes and club-friendly R n’B with an epi-pen of adrenalin, set this four track firecracker off at home in a variety of settings and see what gets lit.
Punchy as feck, Motez’ new EP The Vibe is RnB, rap, electronica, synths in one firecracker of a delivery. Fresher than your sweaty body on club night, Motez spins it just right.
What adds to the punchy presence of The Vibe is its featuring guests, including UK MC Scrufizzer, with his Weeknd-esque sooth-n-sex vocals on the title track ‘The Vibe’ and Zimbabwe born rapper Tkay Maidza on ‘Down Like This’ which is sassy as fuck and screams bad bitch – the use of bass here is fantastic.
Rounding out the album is track ‘Know Me’ which is the most emotional of all the songs, despair over a failing relationship and bringing to mind the more cinematic dance orchestrated by none other than Porter Robinson with the self-aware, feelings-orientated ambiance found in Calvin Harris. ‘Like You’ featuring Sydney DJ Wax Motif, gleams with shades of Diplo and Drake, with the beat break-up and repetitive signatures, treats us to a more relaxed, lounge style experimentation.
While only containing four tracks, it doesn’t leave you hungry; it answers every need the dance and electro fan has and comes across as well-realised. What is refreshing is the aforementioned sense of grunge, grit and edginess which can sometimes be all too absent in dance releases, often being too clean, too tidy.
While production wise The Vibe is on point, there seems to be a certain playfulness inherent in the EP – living up to the title no doubt, but reminding us of what dance can be, and that it can blend between its sub-genres while taking on outside influences (rap, r’n’b) to further distinguish the sound and appeal to a different crowd. He’s a man doing the good deed of crossing over between rap/urban and the genre shared bed of dance/electro, the public is hungry for it, the success of Nicki Minaj and even Katy Perry exploding in the pop arena is testament to that.
To experience this live, in what is sure to be mind blowing set, Motez will be heading off on an national tour next month, on the back of successful shows such as Splendour in the Grass, EDC Las Vegas and the ultimate Yaaaassss for electro fans, Field Day.
Check out his tour dates as well as a clip from his EDC set in Vegas last year. It’s a darn cute display of an artist frothin’ with joy doing what they love, a banger to boot and deep in hand held camera land, so get your jitter on.
THE VIBE EP TOUR DATES
Fri, 6th May | Fat Controller – Adelaide
Sat, 7th May | Oxford Art Factory – Sydney
Fri, 13th May | 1885 – Auckland, NZ
Fri 20th May | Old Mates – Melbourne
Sat 21st May | Oh Hello – Brisbane
Fri, 27th May | Mr Wolf, Canberra
Sat 28th May | The Argyle House, Newcastle
Fri 3rd June | Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth