New York's critically acclaimed hip-hop trio Anti-Pop Consortium has called it quits after releasing only two full-length albums in the U.S., including this year's Warp Records set "Arrhythmia." The b

New York's critically acclaimed hip-hop trio Anti-Pop Consortium has called it quits after releasing only two full-length albums in the U.S., including this year's Warp Records set "Arrhythmia." The band recently finished an opening slot on DJ Shadow's North American tour, and each member is expected to release solo material later this year, according to a statement.

"Anti-Pop wasn't initiated with the concrete, long-term goal of doing music as a group," group manager Amaechi Uzoigwe said. "They are three dynamic, creative forces who are now moving forward individually to pursue solo projects that have long been in the works."

Anti-Pop, comprised of High Priest, Beans, and M. Sayyid, formed in the late '90s and soon after garnered the attention of the New York underground. The group was one of Warp's first hip-hop signings, a label respected for its experimental electronic lineup (Aphex Twin, Autechre, Plaid). While the trio failed to dent any of Billboard's charts, its exposure was increasing of late, thanks to the DJ Shadow tour and strong exposure at college radio.

Warp will release a solo effort from Beans early next year, while High Priest is finishing up a solo instrumental record for the label and has recently been producing free jazz artist Matthew Shipp. M. Sayyid is also working on new material, with a single expected later this year for an as-yet-unknown label.

Anti-Pop had a free show in New York scheduled for Aug. 15 and appearances at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals on tap for later this month, but a spokesperson tells Billboard.com the group will not be performing at these events.

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