“…low slung funk with a top horn section – blowing free and funky with nods to ‘Trane, Miles and The Art Ensemble of Chicago – this is way ahead of most sampladelic outings.” – TimeOut ***
“…some of the baddest, funkiest sounds ever.” – Detroit Illharmonic Symphony
“Funky jazz for the 21st century – I can’t believe how good this is for an indie release – great players… imaginative arrangements… great music.” – Rootdown Radio
MOTIV are a six-piece band with two horns and a dynamic four piece rhythm section, who work at the hard edge of contemporary jazz. Their mix of urban beats, jazz harmony and inspired freedom led one DJ to describe them as “Groove Collective and Yusef Lateef meets Roots Manuva” and “Funky jazz for the 21st. century”
In the five years they have been together, they have stuck close to the principles of collective organisation, and seen remarkably few changes in core personnel. In that time they have released two albums through the music cooperative anotherworldmusic with rave reviews from Time Out and Etherbeat radio. Tracks were included in compilation albums by the Big Issue and New Internationalist.
MOTIV’s dynamic, high-energy live performances have led to re-bookings at leading London venues including The Jazz Café, Vortex, Rhythm Factory and Cargo, and their experimental residencies are legendary for attracting jamming MCs willing to take a chance and make it live!