The Invisible: Patience album review - effortlessly in sync with the groove

Thu, Jun 16, 2016, 20:10



The Invisble

Ninja Tune


There have been a lot of takers for The Invisible’s multitude of styles to date. On the third album from Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor, it’s sultry, downtempo, late-night, slo-mo soulful fittings which are to the fore.

While collaborators like Jessie Ware (Okumu also worked on her debut album), Anna Calvi, Connan Mockasin and others add distinctive vocal spirit to the wash, it’s often Okumu himself who makes the most impressive vocal splash.

“Save You” is a case in point, a low-slung track powered by chilled D’Angeloesque funk, beat scene experimentation and Okumu’s vocal panache, while “Best Of Me” is elevated by how the track picks up pace and momentum to become quite a driver.

Elsewhere, Ware is effortlessly in sync with the groove on the opening “So Well”, while “K Town Sunset” has Mockasin providing the vocal stitching.