Valerio Dittrich is a Vienna, Austria-based Russian-Austrian electronic music artist, producer and DJ best known as MOTSA. And with his last two releases through Southern Fried Records, Dittrich received a reputation across Europe for a sound that was initially inspired by and drew from the UK’s renowned bass and electronic music culture; however much like Simon Green with Bonobo, Dittrich’s sound focuses on textures and sounds that come from a nubmer of electronic music genres and subgenres — while having a uncanny sense of harmony and melody. Adding to a growing international profile, Dittrich’s work has been praised by the likes of i-D, THUMP, Dummy Mag and XLR8R and has seen radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6.
Dittrich’s latest single and EP title track “Petrichor” is a gorgeous and moody production in which Sophie Lindinger’s breathily ethereal and aching vocals are paired with a contemporary and slick production consisting of twinkling keys, layers of shimmering and buzzing synths, ominously swirling electronics, stuttering yet tweeter and woofer-rattling beats and a distorted vocal sample and reveals that the Russian-Austrian-based producer and artist has been experimenting with his compositional approach and his sound to incorporate organic instrumentation. And the result is a song that feels and sounds stately and cinematic while being dance floor ready — and interestingly enough manages to channel Octo Octa‘s Between Two Selves and the aforementioned Bonobo, but wth a bracing, winter chill.
The recently released music video is a fittingly cinematic video that features footage of Lindinger pensively singing the song while looking out towards a rainy, cloud and fog strewn day; the sort of grey that envelops its environment; simultaneously, we view Dittrich walking around, day dreaming — all in situations in which men are felt to feel small and insignificant.