A heavy-horned afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica, this album showcases the talents and strengths of the cast of characters that drummer and producer Dave Watts has assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter lays down the funk under the coursing melodies of saxophonist Dominic Lalli in pure Motet fashion, with the ever-driving beats of Watts’ masterful rhythmic production pushing the music through sonic peaks and valleys that tantalize and invigorate listeners. If you’ve loved The Motet for years or are just tuning in, listen up. You won’t be disappointed.
“Dig Deep pushes The Motet’s evolution further toward a more progressive, dance oriented sound, without sacrificing its roots in Afrobeat and Latin Funk. It’s a sound that will please fans both old and new.”
“The band’s live shows are known for being three hour long dance parties, so it’s not surprising that each track on Dig Deep can get a room full of people dancing within seconds.”
“The eleven tracks presented on Dig Deep give an overview of the band not as an ensemble but almost as a vibrant family of musicians, continually growing and refreshing itself over time.”
MAINSTREAM AIN’T SO BAD:
“Imagine Moby working with the great Fela Kuti and Sly Stone stopping in for a quick minute and the resulting sound would probably be something like The Motet’s sixth album Dig Deep. This mostly instrumental album really grooves.”
“Their music is spontaneous and vibrant. There is interplay between saxophones and horns, thick basslines and well-crafted drum rhythms all knit together with an electronic overlay. Watts is an exceptional drummer and composer and, as band-leader, the driving force behind the band.”