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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. ~ John Bush

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Old Artist 00:04:05

Keith Thomas, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Bebe Winans, ComposerLyricist - Ali Keeler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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All Time 00:03:51

Roya Arab, Author - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, Composer

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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So Few Words (Album Version) 00:06:13

Roya Arab, Author - ARCHIVE, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Darius Keeler, Composer - Rosko John, Author - Pete Barraclough, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Ruffin, ComposerLyricist - Neil McLellan, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Griffith, ComposerLyricist - Julia Palmer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matheu Martin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Headspace 00:04:13

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Darkroom 00:04:31

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Rosko John, ComposerLyricist - D. Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Londinium 00:05:19

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Rosko John, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Man-Made 00:04:37

ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Ali Keeler, ComposerLyricist - D. Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Nothing Else 00:04:37

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Skyscraper 00:04:26

ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Rosko John, ComposerLyricist - Rick Smith, ComposerLyricist - Darren Emerson, ComposerLyricist - Karl Hyde, ComposerLyricist - D. Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Parvaneh (Butterfly) 00:03:50

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - D. Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Beautiful World 00:06:36

ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Rosko John, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Organ Song 00:02:22

ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Ali Keeler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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Last Five (Incl. Hidden Track "Untitled") 00:05:49

Roya Arab, ComposerLyricist - ARCHIVE, MainArtist - Darius Keeler, ComposerLyricist - Rosko John, ComposerLyricist - D. Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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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. ~ John Bush

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