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The Invisible – Love Me Again feat. Anna Calvi (Chaos In The CBD Remix)

On the 11th August The Invisible will release a special remix EP featuring reworked tracks from their critically acclaimed album “Patience”. Released via Ninja Tune, “Patience” saw the Mercury Prize nominees demonstrate their more uplifting side, giving the listener a sense of the band’s “joy and gratitude” for being alive, with features from Anna Calvi, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Connan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe.

This new EP shows 4 tracks from the LP in a different light. ‘Love Me Again’ featuring Anna Calvi is remixed twice, first by London based, Rhythm Section member, Chaos in the CBD and second by fellow Rhythm Section associate, FYI Chris. Warp records duo Darkstar provide a hypnotic remix of ‘So Well’ and finally Milionhands Music label boss, Tee Mango steps up for his “Summer Daze Revision” of ‘K ‘Town Sunset’ featuring Connan Mockasin.

The Invisible – “Patience Remixes” EP is out 11st August 2017 via Ninja Tune.

The Invisible – Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix)

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The Invisible have made the best album yet in a career already garlanded with critical praise. Beautiful, intelligent and above all life-affirming, Patience is a masterpiece of meaningfully avant-garde pop.

The album contains contributions from friends and collaborators Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Connan Mockasin, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) and Anna Calvi. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis perhaps best summarized the storm of critical acclaim around the album, praising it as the “delightfully confounding sound of pop music made by genuinely original minds.” in his 5/5 lead review.

New single Life’s Dancers comes replete with a remix by man of the moment and close Invisible collaborator Floating Points. Hot on the back of releasing what’s widely held to be one of electronic music’s finest recent albums, he reworks the joy and melancholy of the original song into a soaring, hypnotic groove. Backed up with the brooding synth-pop of brand new b-side, ‘First Time’ co-written with Floating Points, this is the sound of one of the UK’s best bands at the pinnacle of their form.

‘Life Dancers (Floating Points Remix)’ is available to stream now.

‘Life’s Dancers’ 12″ will be released on 2nd September 2016:
A. Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix)
B1. Life’s Dancers
B2. First Time

The Invisible – Love Me Again feat. Anna Calvi (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)

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On the back of their critically acclaimed recent album Patience – which contains contributions from friends and collaborators Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Connan Mockasin, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), as well as Anna Calvi, who features on the brilliant ‘Love Me Again’ – The Invisible enlist the talents of one of the best new composers on the scene, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Fresh from her Ears album released earlier this year on Western Vinyl to a sea of praise, she delivers a beautiful, uncompromising remix.

‘Love Me Again (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith remix)’ is available digitally now: https://theinvisible.lnk.to/kas

The Invisible feat. Jessie Ware – So Well (Darkstar Remix)

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The Invisible have made Warp Record’s Darkstar’s remix of “So Well” available featuring their friend and collaborator Jessie Ware. “So Well” is taken from the upcoming album Patience. The group have worked with Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Connan Mockasin, Anna Calvi, Rosie Lowe as well as Ware, the sense of collective excitement and pleasure in music-making is what holds sway. Patience is released 10th June on Ninja Tune.

The Invisible – So Well

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Listen to The Invisible’s new album, Patience, and what you will feel most strongly is the band’s sense of “joy and gratitude for being alive.” The experiences of Dave Okumu (guitar, vocals), Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) since the release of their last album, Rispah, both individually and collectively, mean that the group “have gained a deeper understanding of the value of life,” and a mission to communicate that to the listener. On Patience, they achieve these aims with a kind of effortless transcendence.

From the opening bars of the wonderful “So Well”, (featuring their friend and collaborator Jessie Ware), the feeling of joy pervades the record. Although the group have worked on this record with Anna Calvi, Rosie Lowe, Connan Mockasin and Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) as well as Ware, the sense of collective excitement and pleasure in music-making is what holds sway. It’s an album which hints towards the London soul of Ware, but combines it with the experimentation of the LA beat scene (where Dave Okumu went to write many of the songs) and the raw funk of D’Angelo.

Everyone of course knows just what wonderful musicians The Invisible are. They’ve played with just about everyone from Adele to St Vincent, Grace Jones, Britten Sinfonia, Jack DeJohnette, Roots Manuva, Jamie Woon, Hot Chip, Zongamin, Gramme, Yoko Ono, Beck and many others. In addition, Okumu has produced Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, Lilly Wood, Eska and Rosie Lowe and was the recent Musical Director for the acclaimed Gil Scott-Heron Project: Pieces of a Man project as part of the Convergence Festival at London’s Roundhouse.

What’s easier to forget in between albums is just what beautiful, life-affirming music they make. Shortly before the release of Rispah (itself a hearfelt tribute to Okumu’s dead mother), Okumu was electrocuted while playing with the band onstage in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s possible that only the intervention of Herbert, who pulled his guitar off him, saved his life. This personal sense that the band have of deliverance has lead to Patience, not least their sense that they are “the luckiest men alive.”

Joyous without losing any of its intelligence or compositional rigour, the record takes its title from an unfashionable but profound idea — that, if we want to solve problems we have to be prepared to work and to wait rather than expecting instant results. It was an idea clarified when Dave found himself playing in Paris only a week after the gun attacks which ripped through the city on November 13th 2015. On his way home he read an interview with the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in which he talked about a realisation that could only have come to him in space:  “What started seeping into me on…seeing all the ancient scars, was the incredible temporal patience of the world.”

The Invisible’s first album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, their second was described as “incredibly uplifting and moving” (Vice), but it’s Patience (as you’d expect, if you understand that good things come to those who wait) that stands—so far!—as the uplifting pinnacle of their remarkable career.

TRACKLIST
1. So Well
2. Save You
3. Best Of Me
4. Life’s Dancers
5. Different (feat. Rosie Lowe)
6. Love Me Again (feat. Anna Calvi)
7. Memories
8. Believe In Yourself
9. K Town Sunset (feat. Connan Mockasin)

LIVE DATES
18th May, Paris, Pop up du Label
19th May, London, The Pickle Factory

The Invisible – Save You

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The Invisible return with Save You, a perfect fusion of London soul, LA beat scene experimentalism and D’Angeloid funk. With a first play from Zane Lowe on his Beats1 show, this shuffling, restless exercise in subtle ear-wormery sounds a little like the beautiful offspring of Nile Rodgers and The xx. Or to put it another way, like nothing except The Invisible.

The Invisible’s first album was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. Their second was described, amongst many good things, as “incredibly uplifting and moving” (Vice). The three members of the band have played, individually or collectively, with just about everyone from Adele to St Vincent, Grace Jones, Britten Sinfonia, Jack DeJohnette, Roots Manuva, Jamie Woon, Hot Chip, Zongamin, Gramme, Yoko Ono, Beck and many others. In addition, guitarist/vocalist Dave Okumu has produced Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Paloma Faith, Eska, Lilly Wood and Kwabs and is currently working with Loyle Carner.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the band will play live at the 6 Music Festival on the 14th February, whilst Okumu is also musical director for the forthcoming Gil Scott Heron tribute at the Roundhouse in March at Convergence Festival. As for more music from the group itself, we aren’t allowed to tell you anything about when or what a forthcoming album from the band might be just yet, so all we can ask you to do is be patient!

Download / Stream Save You: iTunes | Spotify | Ninjashop

The Invisible – Easy Now

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The Invisible share new track Easy Now – an 808-inflected deep-funk workout – recorded as part of the sessions for their new album, which Floating Points has contributed to amongst other guests. Describing the track Dave Okumu says: “George Clinton once said, “funk is anything you need it to be to save your life”. We have always agreed. Serenading the unseen has become easier now.”

Additionally, catch The Invisible (Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor) performing as part of the Floating Points live band at the Dimensions Festival Opening Concert broadcast on Boiler Room tonight from 6pm GMT in support of his just announced debut album “Elaenia”.

Since their last album – 2012’s Rispah (Ninja Tune) members of the band have been busy recording for, amongst others, Grace Jones, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, Adele, Lana Del Rey, Polar Bear, Petite Noir and In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited.

Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable (Jungle’s Edit)

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Lianne La Havas made a huge breakthrough with her Top 5 debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ which sold 200,000 copies and won Album of the Year at iTunes as well as Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Best Album nominations. Now the 25-year-old London-based singer-songwriter will release her eagerly anticipated new album ‘Blood’ on July 31st on Warner Bros. Records.

‘Blood’ is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall / reggae producer Stephen McGregor.

Discovering her heritage inspired Lianne to reflect on the connections between now and then, which in turn sparked the songs which would become her future. Simply, “everything seemed to have a lot more clarity, and I really wanted to speak about it.”

Lyrically, the songs that feature on the album are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” Sonically, ‘Blood’ is a collection that shakes, shimmies and swings with Jamaican grooves with Lianne taking inspiration from the nation’s love of grooves, rhythms and syncopation.

In addition to Stephen McGregor, ‘Blood’ features a rich collection of collaborators. Produced and co-written by Adele / FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth, and founded upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tunes trio The Invisible, the first single ‘Unstoppable’ is a song that Lianne wrote to help to repair a relationship that she had ended.

Set to impact on June 1st, ‘Unstoppable’ will also be available from the evening of April 21st as an instant grat track for those who pre-order the album.

Following his work on Lianne’s debut album, Aqualung’s Matt Hales returns, most notably on ‘Wonderful’ which he and Lianne co-wrote with Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence. Another highlight comes with the autobiographical album centrepiece ‘Green and Gold’ which was co-produced and co-written by Jamie Lidell, while Alicia Keys and India.Arie producer Mark Batson also lent his talents to the album.

In addition to the regular CD, digital and vinyl releases, ‘Blood’ will also be issued on three special formats: a Mastered for iTunes digital edition; a limited first run CD Softpak; a signed 12” vinyl which will be available exclusively through Lianne’s official website; and a signed CD which will be available from Amazon.

Stream Jungle’s edit off Unstoppable below. Pre-order now: www.smarturl.it/LLHblood