Anti-Pop Consortium Return With Fluorescent Black
Six years after they parted ways to pursue separate projects, Anti-Pop Consortium have reunited and recorded their fourth album Fluorescent Black, slated for release October 13th on Big Dada Recordings. APC, who took hip-hop by surprise with their 2000 debut, Tragic Epilogue, proceeded to make a name for themselves as one of the genre’s premiere boundary-pushers with Shopping Carts Crashing (2000) and cemented their status as luminaries with Arrhythmia (2002), say they reunite enriched by the time apart. “We’re grown men,” says Anti-Pop’s Beans. “So our acceptance of our differences has allowed to bring all that more magic to the table. We’re stronger now and the music is better for it.”
When Anti-Pop Consortium’s Beans, M. Sayyid, Earl Blaze, and High Priest parted ways in 2002 to pursue other projects, they left a gap in hip-hop no other group was entirely prepared to fill. 2002’s Arrhythmia was proof enough that if any other group of MCs could match the collective’s left-field adventurousness or their lit-caliber lyrical dexterity, none had produced a record that both pushed the envelope with experimentation and made heads nod. As Dusted Magazine put it, Arrhythmia “throws down the gauntlet to the rest of indie hip-hop – yeah, it’s one thing to spit complex vocabulary like a thesaurus, but how about you make your music move?” Anti-Pop Consortium disbanded shortly after the record was released and nearly seven years later the challenge posed to hip-hop by Arrhythmia remains largely untouched. With Fluorescent Black, APC return to continue push boundaries and challenge their contemporaries.
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“As a reaction to the watered-down R&B regurgitation of mainstream hip-hop, APC are an unparalleled, post-modern music force to be reckoned with in any context.” – ROLLING STONE
“APC continue to blow minds and fuck up those neat little categories we music journalists and record stores rely on” – XLR8R
“APC lay waste to any lingering notions that hiphop and radical electronic experiments occupy different camps… It isn’t anticon or mush crews that will unite the two camps; it’s these three sonic geniuses.” – URB