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Secret Archives of the Vatican

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Secret Archives of the Vatican are a collective of musicians, based across the UK, but with main recording facilities in Croydon, South London. The band was formed in 1988 by Vince Millett, who was joined in the early 1990s by Louis Counter. They were influenced by the clubs of the Asian Underground scene and also by artists such as Transglobal Underground and Bill Laswell. The third core band member is Peter Sharpe, specialising in UK roots dub reggae. Ginger Shinobi has at various times been the band's manager and on-stage DJ.


The band's music is usually described as Transglobal breakbeat dub science, as it contains elements of many genres: breakbeat, dub, dubstep, drumstep, trip hop, drum and bass, Indian, Arabian and Turkish musical forms and much more.

Band members

  • Vince Millett, who also releases music as Thousand Yard Prayer and Souq Dragon.
  • Louis Counter, who also releases music as Uncle Riotous and Singletrack.
  • Peter Sharpe, who also releases music as The Talking Dog.
  • Ginger Shinobi (The ginger ninja), who is also a Moombahton DJ.
  • Broken Drum Records

    Broken Drum Records is the band's netlabel that releases their music and that of their various side projects. A sister label, BDR Dancefloor, was set up in 2011 to release dancefloor-oriented music and is a combination of netlabel and commercial label.


    Vince Millett produces a regular Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast, which showcases the collective and other artists’ music. The focus is on music with a non-Western influence.

    BBC Introducing

    Secret Archives of the Vatican were featured on BBC Introducing in May 2012.


    The band began releasing music in 1996.

  • Panjandrum - Released February 2012.
  • Barbary Lion - Released June 2011
  • Dreams and Visions - Released October 2010.
  • Wisdom Truth - Released June 2010.
  • The Glidepath EP - Released May 2010.
  • Remembering Machine - Released February 2009.
  • Babylon Halt - Released June 2008.
  • Reformation - Released 1998.
  • Turquoise - Released 1996.
  • Compilations

  • Future Sound of the Underground - Compilation released 2012
  • Ethnostep 2 - Compilation released 2012
  • Ethnostep - Compilation released 2012
  • Indian Electronica - volume 001 - Compilation released 2007.
  • Karma Culture 2 - Compilation released 2003.
  • Besame Electronic Spring - Compilation released 2002.
  • Besame Softly Chillout Tunes - Compilation released 2001.
  • Artwork

    Aside from their music, Secret Archives of the Vatican are known for their distinctive cover and web artwork.


    Secret Archives of the Vatican Wikipedia