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The Return of Anti-Pop Consortium

The Return of Anti-Pop Consortium
Matthew Newton

Abstract hip-hoppers Anti-Pop Consortium (Beans, M. Sayyid, Earl Blaze, and High Priest) have reunited after a six-year hiatus and are slated to release their new album, Fluorescent Black, at the end of October on Big Dada. After pursuing their respective solo careers for the better part of a decade, the four-piece is back to its experimental origins, a fact evidenced in the album’s preview track, “Capricorn One” — take a listen.

According to Beans, the time apart did wonders for the group. “We’re grown men,” he says. “So our acceptance of our differences has allowed us to bring all that more magic to the table. We’re stronger now and the music is better for it.”

With 17 new tracks, Fluorescent Black picks up where APC left off on its last release, 2002’s Arrhythmia. And while the new music still exists in a sort of  strange hip-hop limbo the group has created, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. APC makes strange sound beautiful.

(Photo: Sarah A. Friedman)

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