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Serious Vibe: Dave Okumu Of The Invisible's Favourite Albums
Danny Riley , March 10th, 2016 10:59

Before he plays Convergence festival, the prolific singer and guitarist speaks to Danny Riley about the albums that have shaped his musical life, including D'Angelo, Aphex Twin and "diminutive funk goblin" Prince

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Slum Village – Fantastic, Vol. 2
I absolutely love that record. There's so many hip-hop records that I could choose, but there's something about the minimalism and rawness in that record, it just feels totally timeless to me. I'm never disappointed to hear it. I'm a huge fan of J Dilla and his production and I think he's someone with a profound understanding of music, but particularly rhythm. I love music that feels very raw. Minimalism is an interesting word because people assume that it means there's not much going on, but that's kind of a misconception. I think if you take apart a Jay Dee production, you'll find there's tonnes of shit going on.

It feels like a lesson in feel. Everyone's delivery and the syncopation is a dream. It's been fascinating watching Jay Dee's legacy take off. I remember feeling like I was in this niche bubble, maybe ten, 15 years ago, of Dilla obsessives, but it feels like it's become such a broad reference point now. There's so many people who champion his music now and that's as it should be. As a producer I'm really inspired by what he was involved with. There's a real sense that if you took him out of the picture everything would change, certainly for a lot of the music that I love and am inspired by. I don't think a record like Voodoo would have happened without Dilla, basically. It's amazing when someone's made a contribution of that significance, but again by being totally themselves and idiosyncratic and really weird, really experimental. I love that that's the spirit that influences such great work.


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