The Invisible

With drum-n-bass-driven beats existing in uncharted nether-regions of style, the Invisible beat a cerebral blend of art rock, post-punk, funk, dance-pop, and Afro-beat into a thick but satisfying musical stew.

The London trio began when longtime jazz-fusion figure singer-guitarist Dave Okumu, and tapped bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Leo Taylor for a 2006 solo project. The trio swiftly gelled; realizing themselves a unit, they took the name the Invisible, and were snapped up by Accidental Records, run by Matthew Herbert, who also took the production reins on the group's debut album. Released in the U.K. in 2009, the hard-to-peg record received almost universally stellar reviews from the British press, and earned the act a position on that year's Mercury Prize short list. ~ Jason Thurston, Rovi

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