When I feel alienated (which I basically do, every day, with the things I like/love/am into, and the way I live my life)… it’s always music that saves me.
Archive is/was a trip-hop/electronic duo who collaborated with various people throughout the years. In my opinion, and the opinion of many other people who are familiar with their music, they made only one great record: their first. And it is truly magnificent. It’s called Londinium. It was released in 1996. Please listen to it, and enjoy thoroughly. This is my all-time favorite trip-hop album. The first two Portishead records can’t fucking touch this, and neither can all the other “classic” trip-hop groups. No. This is the king of them all.
This is music for loneliness, isolation, confusion, longing, nostalgia…. it combines the best of hip-hop, trip-hop, classical, jazz, soul, and the ambient glow of the best Pink Floyd.
Archive, please collaborate with this phenomenal (and completely underrated) rapper and female vocalist, again…. this is truly perfect music. Absolutely fucking superb.
(YouTube playlist of Londinium, in order)
Check out the ORIGINAL music video for the song “Londinium”, featuring the rapper AND vocalist! I never even knew what they looked like, for years. haha. So rad!