What a year it’s been for MOTi! With huge crossover singles like Turn Me Up, remixes for Galantis and collaborations with DVBBS, Bassjackers and Kenneth G on Oliver Heldens’ Heldeep, 2016 has really seen him put his mark on the global stage. He’s not done yet though, with one more feisty dance floor bomb for us in the shape of Livin’ 4 Ya, with vocalist Katt Niall gracing the track with her glorious voice.
Niall’s vocal recalls classic indie dance, drenched in reverb to give it an atmospheric edge and utilized solely in the breakdowns to give them their own triumphant feel before the carnage ensues with the drop. An infectious break beat rhythm greets us before a phat electro groove pumps into action, leading into the first piano-drenched break. Detuned 8-bit style synths add another layer of euphoria before the snare rolls pummel us towards the drop, where the groove is amped up with more gritty layers of powerful synths, piano chords pitch-shifting and effected vocal snippets doing battle with spacious FX. MOTi’s production quality really is second to none, with the awesome power of the track jumping out the speakers like a stick of dynamite.
MOTi has been as busy as ever of late, and rounds off the year gigs at Electric Sea Festival in Germany (Dec 10) and on New Year’s Eve at Arena in Croatia. He also gave fans an insight into his cutting-edge production techniques in a tutorial for 789ten.com last week and played at the launch party for Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Keep your eyes peeled for his big plans for 2017–the year of the MOTi!