After years working mostly behind the scenes, Dave Okumu is now stepping in to the spotlight with a debut solo project.
Already one of Britain’s most respected and sought-after songwriters, producers and musicians, Okumu has collaborated with an array of artists, including Arlo Parks, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, St Vincent, Tony Allen, Jessie Ware, Grace Jones and Adele. He is also the founder, singer and guitarist of Mercury nominated band The Invisible.
We will be releasing Okumu's first full-length offering, Knopperz, on 24th September. The wholly instrumental album unites hip-hop, jazz and experimental electronic music. Partly an homage to J Dilla’s classic Donuts, the record is also inspired by, and uses elements of, friend and pianist Duval Timothy’s album, Sen Am.
Knopperz is preceded by opening single RTN, which is out today and available here.
"This song was constructed from, and in response to, Duval's piece entitled Return", explains Okumu. "At the beginning, you hear a sample of Duval's piano from the original recording which then merges into a new sonic landscape. Somehow this is what Duval's piece represented to me - a relocation, a spiritual pilgrimage, finding oneself and taking hold in alternate soil. This type of journey is never easy and is usually characterised by twists and turns, I wanted the piece to reflect that feeling."