The future space funk is in good hands if Totem, the new album by The Motet, is any indication. The band has made some personnel changes of late, and fans have been waiting eagerly to hear what The Motet had in store for them. Noted proponents of funk with world and dance elements liberally mixed together, The Motet has built a loyal following that was hopeful their heroes would keep it real and keep it real funky. With guitarist Eric Krasno of Lettuce and Soulive producing and writing a pair of tunes for the disc, certain expectations were held, and happily exceeded. The most prominent change came at vocalist, going from Jans Ingber to Lyle Divinsky, a move that has the band sounding even more like a forgotten fountain of the funk hey-day of the late seventies than ever.Stream the album via Spotify below, and follow along with our written review of the new release!Founder Dave Watts fittingly kicks off this new era of The Motet with a twisty percussion intro to “The Truth” that sets the stage to let Divinsky show what he brings to the proceedings. Divinsky’s weapon of choice is a voice that sounds so authentic and perfect for the mood, you almost have to wonder if he was made in a laboratory. The space boogie flows on with the bouncy “Fool No More,” with a snappy bass line from Garrett Sayers that sounds an inexorable call to the dance floor for party people. Organist Joey Porter gets a chance to shine on “Know It Too Well,” as the music opens up and he has a chance to lend squeals and peals to lyric heavy sections before drenching the proceedings with lush chords. The percolating pulse of “Rippin’ Herb” shows how tight The Motet can be, as they play an intricate musical game of “follow the leader” through a winding funk maze, passing off the lead almost imperceptibly. Divinsky shows great comfort for such a short stint in the organization, as his leads on “Damn!” show. Showy use of echo laden vocals and doubling techniques that thicken his already impressive tone to a smooth pervasive presence that make the instrumental breaks a trip to an alternate dimension, sonically, within each original tune’s framework. Nothing has changed about The Motet’s love of instrumentals, and the wordless “Solar Plexus” keeps the overall cosmic groove feeling of Totem going with a touch of reggae thrown in for good measure in the forms of the majestic horn fills. Guitarist Ryan Jalbert continues to show impressive growth in his playing, with his ability to shift from slinky rhythm to full on rock star wail in an instant. The horn section of Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers use their brass to take every song higher, adding layers of depth and reinforcing the beats and melodies with equal dexterity. Whether hanging back in a thick groove on tunes like “Danger” or getting jazz-y and expressive on songs like “Cloak And Dagger,” The Motet sounds like a finely tuned machine, ready to run perfectly in whatever gear is needed to get where they want to go.For the closing song, the instrumental “Contraband,” the choice is made to slowly take the foot off the accelerator, and to give listeners a cool down as they are slowly dispelled from the Utopian funk spell. Any worries about the future of The Motet should be instantly dispelled from the first notes of Totem. With the release of this united work and tour dates on the horizon to hone the new lineup into a true unit, it certainly looks like the best is yet to come from The Motet. But for now, Totem is a showcase for a funk band that is at the top of their game.
On the Move Nelda Lawrence joined the litigation department of Pathman Lewis in Miami. Christopher J.M. Collings, Grace M. Mora, and Joshua Charles Prever joined the Miami office of Morgan Lewis as associates. Anna Chesser Smith joined the Tampa office of Bush, Ross, Gardner, Warren & Rudy, P.A., as an associate. Smith practices in the areas of commercial litigation and general civil litigation. Maria C. Carantzas of the corporate practice group of Akerman Senterfitt in Jacksonville and Edward H. Trent of the labor and employment practice group were elected shareholders of the firm. Additionally, Benjamin H. Hill IV of the Tampa office also was elected shareholder. John Z. Lagrow joined the Maitland firm of Jay M. Fisher, P.A., as an associate. Ethan Kominsky joined Rosenthal & Levy, P.A., in West Palm Beach. Kominsky concentrates his practice on representing injured and disabled individuals in personal injury and Social Security disability law. Jeff Berman joined Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., as an associate practicing in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and asbestos defense litigation. Pamela Jo Hatley announces the opening of her law practice with offices located at 12909 N. 56th Street, Suite 209, Tampa 33617; phone (813) 984-1480; Web site www.pamelajohatley.com. The firm focuses on environmental, land use, real property, and animal law. Janet M. Saura of Office Depot was promoted to vice president, employment law and government compliance. Saura provides advice, counsel, and training to the company’s human resources and management team regarding employment and discrimination matters. Munch & Munch, P.A., announces the relocation of its offices to 212 S. Magnolia Ave., Tampa 33606; phone (813) 254-1557; fax (813) 254-5172; e-mail [email protected]; Web site www.munchandmunch.com. The firm continues its practice of personal injury and wrongful death litigation with an emphasis on admiralty and maritime claims. January 15, 2005 On the Move January 15, 2005 On the Move
Tigerair Australia confirmed today that it has reached an infrastructure access deal with Sydney Airport, following a lengthy spat about where it was going to land in the Domestic Terminal.The agreement prompted Tigerair to rescind its complaint with the National Competition Council that Terminal 2 be “declared” for its use under Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.Tigerair Australia chief executive officer Rob Sharpe said that the agreement delivers a win-win outcome for all negotiating parties.“Following productive in depth commercial discussions at the negotiating table we have achieved a successful resolution that offers good outcomes for all parties involved, delivering infrastructure access for Tigerair,” Mr Sharpe said.“The negotiations were conducted on a professional amicable basis and the working relationship with Sydney Airport is sound,“Today’s agreement gives Tigerair a fair go at Sydney Airport and will enable us to continue to focus on creating a strong operating platform that supports sustainable growth and brings healthy competition to the budget air travel market.”Source = ETB News: Tom Neale