This is not the Motet I last knew.
Not like that's a bad thing.
Building from their Afro-Cuban/Latin sound, the world beat monsters have stepped it up, taking their game to an all-new high. Laced with electronic sounds and samples, Instrumental Dissent takes listeners on a heady adventure deep into the realm of space.
“Afro Disco Beat” starts things off with a marriage of the Afro-Cuban sound the band is noted for and the new sonically challenging sounds they have embraced. Not fully electronic in sound, the groove of the “Afro Disco Beat” still retains live instrumentation and heavy percussive vibe. Free from any genre tags, The Motet has always fused styles like Afro-beat, jazz, Latin and funk. Now they have taken their raging dance hall vibe and introduced house, break-beat and down tempo into the fold.
Tracks like “Johnny Just Drop” and “Afrotech” are 100% adrenaline-driven. “Afrotech” goes heavy on horns with Dominic Lalli’s tenor sax leading the way. He is joined throughout the album by horn friends Jon Gray (trumpet), Jon Stewart (alto sax) and Mark Tragesser (bari saxophone). Dave Watts, one of the premiere drummers playing today, remains relentless throughout the whole project, pushing the beat with unbelievable fury.
“Anew” slows the vibe of the record and offers the one chance to breathe. As you drift weightlessly through the intro, a subtle electronic presence begins to creep into the realm. Samples from Wole Soyinka add to the layered texture of the down-tempo groove. The voices sampled offer subtle messages of positive change (Other samples are from Harry Belafonte, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker and others) and express the band's self-appointed position to bring about change.
Without a doubt old Motet fans will find what they are looking for in Instrumental Dissent; newcomers will most certainly fall into the groove. Wherever this record is played there is certain to be a throw down.