Anti-Pop Consortium’s “Fluorescent Black”

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After announcing its reunion in 2007, Anti-Pop Consortium has finished its fourth album, Fluorescent Black. Set for release via Big Dada on October 13, the disc arrives just in time for the equilibrium-disturbers’ performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties NY, as well as panacea for a hip hop world overdosing on hipster rap. (September 22 update: The release date has been moved forward to September 29.)

Here’s the press release, because those things can explain these things much better than I can:

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.

Here’s the track listing:

  • 1. “Lay Me Down”
  • 2. “New Jack Exterminator”
  • 3. “Reflections”
  • 4. “Shine”
  • 5. “C Thru U”
  • 6. “Volcano”
  • 7. “Timpani”
  • 8. “The Solution”
  • 9. “Get Lite”
  • 10. “NY to Tokyo” (feat. Roots Manuva)
  • 11. “Superunfrontable”
  • 12. “Born Electric”
  • 13. “Apparently”
  • 14. “End Game”
  • 15. “Capricorn One”
  • 16. “Dragunov”
  • 17. “Fluorescent Black”
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