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  • Summary: Travis Stewart concludes his Vapor City concept with this latest full-length release.
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  1. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    Building on the connections between slow hip-hop rhythms and double-time footwork beats, Archives is a further exploration of some of its predecessor’s roughly sketched-out ideas.
  2. Nov 17, 2014
    75
    It takes a few notable risks in composition and rhythmic style, but as is evident from the title, this isn't the new Machinedrum album.
  3. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    Though it feels relatively safe stylistically, Archives is a very much a welcome closer to Stewart's Vapor City vision.
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    The producer likewise incorporates vocals, either mostly or completely sampled, that tend to evoke senses of longing, losing grasp, and persevering.
  5. Dec 4, 2014
    60
    Clearly, Stewart's future does not lie in crossover R&B--he should drill down into his musical imagination to open up ever weirder, deeper seams.
  6. Q Magazine
    Dec 8, 2014
    60
    Stewart keeps that see-sawing balance alive here. [Jan 2015, p.128]
  7. Nov 24, 2014
    58
    Stewart's increased output and dearth of exploration gives Archives an unflattering offhandedness, and it also dilutes the potency of Vapor City, like putting together an album is just another item to mark off his to-do list.

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