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The Motet

For the Motet, the groove is paramount — no shock, since the band's de facto leader, Dave Watts, is a drummer. But despite the presence of African inspirations that are at least as prominent as jazz-fusion influences, the beats on Dig Deep (available for free download at are slicker than they are primitive. Consider "Nemesis," which intrigues throughout more intricate sections, during which electro-percussion bounces and pings with gleeful precision, but becomes considerably less intriguing upon the arrival of layered keyboards and "funky" saxophone. Better efforts: a smoothed-out but still brassy cover of the Fela Kuti classic "Expensive Shit," and "Mighty," a Watts composition that effectively translates Afro-pop into a format jam-banders will enjoy without diluting it entirely. And you can dance to it, too.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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