Music/Style Electronic, Novo Dub, Ethno-Step, Dub, Global-Beats, Neo-Folk, Drum&Bass, Dubstep
iTunes date 21/01/2018
Quality MP3 320 kbps x FLAC
label Brokendrum Records
Nr# This is a collection of some single, non-album, tracks we released in 2018.1. Secret Archives of the Vatican - Mishti Dub 6:28
2. Secret Archives of the Vatican - The Fall of New Babylon 4:24
3. Secret Archives of the Vatican - The Exile 7:24
4. Secret Archives of the Vatican - The Sword Maker of al-Shams 5:41
5. Secret Archives of the Vatican - Templars vs Hashisheen 5:55
6. Secret Archives of the Vatican - Green Destiny 9:36
7. Secret Archives of the Vatican - The Last Sentinel 5:47
8. Secret Archives of the Vatican - The Cave of the Seven Sleepers 5:52
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
The term World music, of course, encompasses many kinds of music but describes the music of SAOTV very well as they fuse Indian, Turkish and Arabian with their engaging drum and bass styled electronic elements. This eight track EP from the Croydon duo features singles released up to 2018. A good example of their work is "The Fall of The New Babylon" which includes most of the above in a way that keeps the listener's attention. "The Exile" is much slower and captures the theme brilliantly. Although there is danger of stylistic clashes or pretentious artiness in mixing all these cultural influences, tracks like "Templars Vs Hashisheen" (probably the most approachable music here) show how it can be done.
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This is not an album per se – it is an expanding collection of single songs recorded throughout 2018. At the time I am writing this review, there are 7 tracks posted. More will probably be added before the end of the year. SAotV has been around for decades, so this year they have been taking some different tactics at getting their music out there. They have been creating compilations on various streaming services, revisiting older albums, and focusing on singles for new music. Gotta roll with the times. I always love SAotV because of the way they masterfully weave world instruments and electronic music together. These “singles” are no exception – even though they also work together as a cohesive whole. “Mishti Dub” is probably one of my favorites of the bunch, with nice combinations of Indian, Middle Eastern, and chill bass and drum. Although I also enjoy the near disco-beat with deep groovin’ bass of “The Sword Maker of al-Shams” as a very close second. But really, pick any one track and you will not be disappointed. You can download these tracks for free, but be sure to add in some money to help the band out. Also, check out their compilations on Spotify and iTunes, as well as the re-issues of older albums like Reformation, The Beautiful Names of God Volume 1, and Dust: The Remixes.