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Old Artist 4:03
All Time 3:51
So Few Words 6:13
Headspace 4:13
Darkroom 4:31
Londinium 5:19
Man-Made 4:38
Nothing Else 4:37
Skyscraper 4:26
Parvaneh (Butterfly) 3:50
Beautiful World 6:36
Organ Song 2:22
Last Five 3:45
(silence) 0:40
Untitled 1:24

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK, Europe & US 1996 Sell This Version
ARKMC 1001 Archive Londinium (Cass, Album, Ltd) Island Records ARKMC 1001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
ARKLP 1001, 524 285-1 Archive Londinium(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Island Records, Island Records ARKLP 1001, 524 285-1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK, Europe & US 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK, Europe & US 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
6535 Archive Londinium(CD, Album, Promo) Island Records 6535 France 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 003.13 Archive Londinium(CD, Album, Promo, Smplr) Island Records ARKCD 003.13 UK 1996 Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK, Europe & US Unknown Sell This Version
ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 Archive Londinium(CD, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2 UK, Europe & US Unknown Sell This Version

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yulensakka

yulensakka

November 2, 2017
referencing Londinium, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ARKLP 1001, 524 285-1
Anybody have the track "parvaneh (butterfly) that's duplicate on her copy ? at the end of the side C and at the beginning of the side D
BigBeat25

BigBeat25

August 1, 2017
referencing Londinium, CD, Album, ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2

The first and the most beautidul album from Archive for me. The female voice fits perfectly with the light melodies. Some tracks adds rapping, however it does not bother at all.
Most people talk about "You All The Same To Me", but I think "Londinium" deserves more recognization since it is more cohesive and soulful.
A record made to feel good, simply. No need to add more. Buy it, listen and enjoy.
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

March 27, 2017
referencing Londinium, CD, Album, ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2

For quite a few years, Archive were best known for producing a trip-hop 'lost classic'; an album which often turned up in close quarters with words like 'underrated' and 'obscure' (despite its major label status). Londinium is that lost classic, and whilst the band has gone on to eclipse it in terms of the public eye - notably in France - it still remains possibly their finest hour.

Whilst Portishead and Massive Attack will inevitably be brought up as comparison points, this album only bears the most surface of similarities. It is very much a London record - as its title suggests - with a cold electronic sheen that reflects that enormity of the country's capital and the lonely anonymity that can come with spending time there. None of the earthiness or retro noir sounds of trip-hop's big names is to be found here.

Iranian born chanteuse Roya Arab leads the way on vocals, with a phrasing that's both sultry and distant at the same time. Her melodies are exploratory without meandering, and her voice grounds all her own songs, whilst adding a softer touch to those led by rapper Rosko John. It's the contrast between the two vocalists that gives the album its real character, with Arab's more exotic tones matched by John's London twang. The pair weave the kind of images of isolation and natural decay that only come from living in a city like Londinium.

Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths, a strong background in UK dance music with previous releases on various reputable labels, offer a strong backbone to the music, both varied but consistent. The Roland drum machines of 'All Time' sit comfortably alongside the rawer sound of songs like 'Beautiful World'. The mix of organ, electric piano and analogue synths present throughout would be a signature sound that remained with the band for many years to come, regardless of their stylistic exploration. A few guest musicians populate the album, most notably on the jazz-tinged 'Headspace', which features Underworld's Karl Hyde on guitar (Hyde later features in a less personal nature on 'Skyscraper', which samples Underworld's 'Mmm Skyscraper I Love You').

A few minutes' trim would probably benefit the album - 'Parvaneh (Butterfly)' and 'Organ Song' would likely not be missed - but otherwise, Archive manage to retain interest throughout the record's runtime. And whilst the music is very much a product of the 1990s, it has held up surprisingly well over the years.

Londinium can be described in many ways: a lost classic of the trip-hop years; an intriguing debut from a long-running band. But one thing it should very much be described as is simply an excellent album. One I return to regularly after all this time.
tarwater3

tarwater3

January 19, 2016
referencing Londinium, CD, Album, ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2
I most agree with the other two users , such a masterpiece , so soulful , relaxed and warm , it soothes the soul ! Production follows the spirit and the lows really fill the room , with the atmospheric hues floating around , such beauty !!!!!!!!
Lefuneste

Lefuneste

January 12, 2013
referencing Londinium, CD, Album, ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2

Frankly, when this album was released, it was quite a shock to many of us as it reached an unprecedented level of quality and depth in sound, only approached by the best albums of Massive Attack, but with an even more trippy and burnt out sound. Nowadays, this album is still one of the very best Trip Hop album ever produced in History. Just perfect in my opinion.
mi_jah

mi_jah

February 5, 2003
referencing Londinium, CD, Album, ARKCD 1001, 524 285 - 2

As far as triphop goes, this has got to be one of the most underestimated albums ever! Right up there with Portishead's "dummy", Lamb's first album and Massive Attack.
It is a very strong combination of beautiful female vocals and a male hiphop vocalist. At first this causes friction, but after a few times you won't have it any other way.
Also the keyboard solos at the end of most tracks are overwhelming, reminding me of the best Pink Floyd stuff.
This album should have been a classic!
They also released a second album after having split up and then joining forces again, but it can't even stand in the shadow of "londinium". It clearly suffers from the "musical differences" that caused them to split up in the first place.