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Album Review

The debut album from the rather mysterious (though major-label-backed) project Archive, Londinium sounds like R&B on Prozac: trip-hop with evocative, gauzy synth textures (some from soul samples) girded by simplistic yet effective downbeat techno. There's either a sweet-voiced female or an abstract rapper (sometimes both) on almost every cut, and plenty of organic instruments added to the mix as well; lending a hand with the guitar work on four tracks is Underworld's Rick Smith. (Archive even samples Underworld's "MMM Skyscraper I Love You" elsewhere.) Despite an admirable production job and some enviably deep grooves, though, Londinium is just a tad too consciously stylish for its own good.

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Formed: 1994 in South London, London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The trip-hop project Archive was formed by Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths, who originally met in 1990. The pair released a few singles on their own Swam label, worked with Genaside II, and formed Archive in 1994. Signed to Island, Keeler and Griffiths released their debut, Londinium, in 1997. After splitting briefly,...
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