It's been a while since we've heard from London trio The Invisible. Emerging from the city's improv-jazz scene, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert, and Leo Taylor saw the moody digital soul of their 2009 self-titled debut album nominated for the Mercury Prize and their 2012 follow-up, Rispah, was an understated masterpiece of uplifting, abstract pop. But before the release of that second album Okumu was electrocuted onstage in Lagos, Nigeria, preventing the trio from hitting the road.
"I really thought I was going to die," said Okumu later. "I don't know how I managed to stay conscious or how I am still here."
But Okumu has been busier than most since The Invisible's last outing. He's recorded with and produced St Vincent, King Sunny Adé, Jessie Ware and Rosie Lowe. He's also a member of Floating Points' touring band and was the brains behind Pieces Of A Man: The Gil Scott-Heron Project, a performance of Scott-Heron's music by UK artists at London's Convergence festival. Eventually – thank goodness – he's also back making music with Herbert and Taylor.
The Invisible's new album, Patience, is released by Ninja Tune on June 10 and draws on London soul music, the fragmented sound of LA's beat scene, and something altogether funkier. Get a taste of what's to come by watching the trio's exclusive live session for RedBull.com/Music recorded at the UK's The Great Escape festival.
Watch The Invisible’s exclusive performance of K Town Sunset.