UK producer Archie Hamilton releases his debut album ‘Archive Fiction’, forthcoming on Moscow Records. Written as a first-person exploration of the positive transformational effect of house music, it’s a narrative of a life-changing night on a dancefloor.
Informed by Archie’s extensive experiences in clubs since his early teens, ‘Archive Fiction’ is ten tracks seamlessly mixed together into one complete body of work. Merging Archie’s rich musical upbringing with more contemporary tastes, the LP incorporates his signature and trademark minimal styles with a myriad of influences including trip-hop, dub-techno, acid jazz, drum’n’bass and house.
The early tones of the LP are rooted in the melancholic sentiments of first tracks ‘Six Years Later’ and ‘Lifted’. Embracing dark and downtempo elements, the changing pace of ‘Relax Your Body’ then flips to a more positive trajectory and into one of the album’s most pivotal moments, ‘Make The Difference’ feat. Mr V. An anthemic slice of smooth and soulful vocal deep-house, this track is geared towards invoking a sense of complete sanctuary and letting go of all worries.
The heads-down ‘Can’t Be Serious’ takes the listener into more rolling territory and leads into another key moment on the LP, ‘Eye of the Storm’ featuring vocals from drum’n’bass royalty, Onallee. The ex-member of infamous Reprazent crew came out of semi retirement to feature on this cut which draws on Archie’s early Bristolian experiences.
The sparse and stripped-back ‘Dustin Off Man’ is an ode to Archie’s love of dub-techno, one of his fundamental entry points into electronic music inspired by early masters of the genre Rod Modell and Moritz Von Oswald.
The sumptuous and atmospheric ‘A Little Lower’ slows the pace and invokes a journey through dub and acid jazz, recorded with the live bass guitar acoustics of Navid Asghari, a composition inspired by Archie’s affinity to the likes of Portishead, DJ Krush and Thievery Corporation.
The soulful and life affirming sensations of ‘Quicksand’ roll into the album’s crescendo, ‘Waisted’, a vibrant and powerful slice of the signature Archie Hamilton sound, geared for peak-time energy.
An album fuelled by over 10 years of production experience and a lifetime committed to music, ‘Archive Fiction’ is a debut that showcases the breadth of Archie’s palate as a producer and his ability to transcend the world of underground house.
Published: 16th May 2019