Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered and mastered by Matt Oliver
The way you get a Bond girl - one of the good ones, one of the ones with the super sexy tanlines in all the right places, with everything natural and the ski caps, all the fixings - is by putting on the Ocote Soul Sounds. You will be at your seductive maximum point when you allow Antibalas founder and Ocote leader Martin Perna to be at his seductive maximum. You throw on "Aqua Sentz" or "Pathways" or "Pirata" and you're going to feel as if you've been teleported to a tropical island and that all of the most luxurious food and drink are yours for the devouring. So you devour them. The sheets on the bed that suddenly just appeared has a thread count that is off the charts, so you roll around on them. The women all around you are exotic, with minx eyes and towering legs and they're all looking at you as if you were something they'd like. They may have even heard about the thread count that your bedspread's been boasting and they wouldn't mind rolling around on it with you, to see for themselves what you've got.
You listen to Ocote Soul Sounds for even the smallest amount of time and you're thinking that you're going to need to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the outer doorknob before too long. The sax solos are the kinds of sax solos that you hear during climaxes. They're worked and they're out of breath, a little like you are. These are pulsating songs of sensuality, of feeling the effects of impulses and just letting them act themselves out in whatever ways they'd like, for as long as they want to. These are the passionate calls from all of the parts of the body responsible for dancing and gyrating, for making the body do the kinds of things that it can do, but waits to do until certain times are right. These songs are the ways that inhibitions look when they're set free, when they're no longer being contained. You're just drinking rum punch and forgetting what time it is. Here - where we're spending this time - is where the sun sets only when you want it to.