Critically acclaimed New York-based hip-hop trio Anti-Pop Consortium, which announced its breakup in August, will put its collective sound to disc one more time.
Critically acclaimed New York-based hip-hop trio Anti-Pop Consortium, which announced its breakup in August, will put its collective sound to disc one more time. Thirsty Ear is planning a Feb. 18 release for "Anti-Pop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp," a collaboration with free-jazz pianist Matthew Shipp.
Shipp is the curator of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series, a series of compilations that have featured the work of William Parker, Roy Campbell, and Spring Heel Jack, as well as Shipp. The label is billing the new album as the inevitable marriage of free jazz and hip-hop, remarking in a statement that Anti-Pop Consortium has dabbled in free-jazz concepts in the past, while Shipp has been trying to incorporate a more rhythm and groove-based ideology into his jazz work.
"Anti-Pop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp" features Anti-Pop's Beans, High Priest, and M. Sayyid alongside Shipp, saxophonist Rob Brown, Parker, vibraphone player Khan Jamal, and trumpeter Daniel Carter. "This is that powerful music," High Priest said in a statement about the album, which will likely be the Consortium's vinyl swan song.
Anti-Pop Consortium released only two full-length albums in the U.S., including this year's Warp Records set "Arrhythmia," and opened up for DJ Shadow on his 2002 North American tour. Each member of the trio is currently working on solo material.