The first time I heard of Motez Obaidi was through his remix of Sage the Gemini‘s “Gas Pedal” which I just fell in love with. His real name is Motez by the way. How does one get blessed with such a producer-ready name?
He’s currently touring on the big Wonderland Warehouse Project 2.0 run by Alison Wonderland herself (keep your eyes peeled for a review of that one), and he’s also going to be kicking it in the US from mid-June. He opened for Disclosure’s Australian tour last year. He’s joining them again for their Wild Life show in Las Vegas this year. Oh and he’s also going to be playing Your Paradise, Splendour in the Grass and Electric Daisy Carnival.
Crazy to think he moved to Australia from a war-torn Iraq exactly 8 years ago, and now, no big, he’s jet-setting it as an international DJ.
Vancouver is a quick and sweet two-track EP, and it sees Motez get back to basics. Think clean, house sensibilities. First track of the rank, “Tryna Shake It”, is a wub-wubbing, slow-burner, reminding us that there is a reason why it’s called deep house.
Balancing out the act, “One 2” brings the funkier side, almost heading towards trance territory. But ultimately keeping to familiar terrain and dropping back into that bouncing bass after a very appropriate pre-drop line, “That’s one for the treble, and two for the bass”.
Pretty excited to hear these buzz the crowd up in preparation for Alison Wonderland tonight. To get yourself acquainted with his full body of work, I’d recommend a trawl through his rich Soundcloud – he certainly knows his way around a remix.
Catch you on the d-floor.
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