Following his last two EP releases on Southern Fried Records, half-Austrian/half-Russian artist producer MOTSA (real name Valerio Dittrich) has announced his forthcoming fourth EP ‘Petricolour‘, due out 4th November on his own label imprint.
‘Petricolour’ EP is written about the decline of our western society; its beauty, wealth and our opportunities having reached a peak and the onset of gradual decay. This is reflected in the accompanying artwork (photograph by Andreas Peter Wall) ; the flowers symbolising deterioration but retaining some beauty and hope. Throughout the EP, MOTSA incorporates organic textures and sounds recorded from nature and his surroundings.
Opening track ‘Petrichor‘, featuring Sophie Lindinger (one half of acclaimed Austrian experimental pop outfit Leyya) is a sensual delight; pulsating, intelligent rhythms and the sound of water hitting concrete signify autumn and new beginnings. It is a haunting and melancholic composition, impressively recorded on Valerio’s grand piano. ‘Walked This Road‘ is a song about history and humanity repeating the same mistakes over and over. Offering the fastest tempo of all tracks on the EP, it combines jittery electronics but with an underlying sense of calm; a spellbinding and evolving cut with warm surges of melody. ‘Colours‘ is one of the more uplifting of those featuring on the release; its use of soft vocals by David Österle and classical melodies atop restrained beats building towards an epic, emotional climax. EP closing track ‘The Storm‘ stays true to its title, with percussive sounds and claps creating a tense atmosphere before veering into an angelic closing half, symbolising hope for its listeners.
MOTSA has garnered the attention of several influential figures and tastemakers; international dance icon Sasha included ‘Sleepless Nights‘ on his compilation for Mixmag, Beatport named ‘Untitled’ one of the top tracks of it’s year and i-D, THUMP, Eton Messy, Annie Mac, Dummy Mag and XLR8R are all included in his surplus of supporters. Radio support has come from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, plus several rotation spots on Austria’s Radio FM4 (his track ‘Clocks’ was also featured in their Top 100 Singles of 2015). He was invited to partake at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Vienna in 2013, and has released original and remix work on key labels such as Counter Records (Ninja Tune), PMR, Southern Fried Records, Last Night On Earth and Compost Records.
MOTSA is a musician driven by a desire to convey his serious love for sounds and to push his own musical boundaries. Instead of resting on familiar structures, Valerio decided to change his approach and started recording and incorporating organic textures, instruments, synthesizers and his own voice in his new work. This has led him from a purely club directed sound towards a more melodic yet still beat heavy and danceable realm of electronic music.
‘Petricolour’ EP will be released digitally and on vinyl on 4th November, and also signifies the debut of MOTSA’s live-set, which he will be touring across Europe in late 2016 and 2017.
released November 4, 2016
Written, produced & mixed by Valerio Dittrich
Vocals & Lyrics on "Petrichor" by Sophie Lindinger
Vocals & Lyrics on "Colours" by David Österle
Additional mixing with Patrick Pulsinger at Feedback Studio
Mastered by Bo at Calyx, Berlin
Cover Photograph by Andreas P. Wall
Layout by Mimu Merz