Tomorrow Right Now WHAT'S ROCKING OUR WORLD When avant-rap collective ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM broke up last July, we should have known that restlessly creative group members M. Sayyid, High… Tomorrow Right Now WHAT'S ROCKING OUR WORLD When avant-rap collective ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM broke up last July, we should have known that restlessly creative group members M. Sayyid, High… 2003-03-11 Beans
Music Review

Anti-Pop Consortium Vs. Matthew Shipp (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Lead Performance: Beans

WHAT'S ROCKING OUR WORLD When avant-rap collective ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM broke up last July, we should have known that restlessly creative group members M. Sayyid, High Priest, and BEANS wouldn't stay quiet for long. On his solo debut, TOMORROW RIGHT NOW (Warp), Beans drops deft poetry with the fastest flow this side of Bizzy Bone, backed by a shifting, angular mix of Casiotone synths and beats, postapocalyptic drones, and left-field samples. In other news, APC recently reunited to collaborate with jazz pianist MATTHEW SHIPP on ANTI-POP VS. MATTHEW SHIPP (Thirsty Ear). Shipp's licks meld easily with APC's electro-glitz, gloriously blurring the line between sounds made by man and machine. The loose song structures will lose less dedicated listeners, but those seeking hip-hop on a higher level need look no further. Tomorrow...: A- Anti-Pop Vs....: B+

Originally posted Mar 07, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints