Fluorescent Black

Fluorescent Black

by Antipop ConsortiumAntipop Consortium


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During their few years together in the late '90s and early 2000s, Antipop Consortium blazed a trail for forward-thinking rap. The trio of Beans, High Priest, and M. Sayyid (plus the critical help of longtime engineer Earl Blaize) rapped plenty of abstract scientifical madness, but they also had intelligence and hardcore flow to spare (think A Tribe Called Quest plus Marvel Comics). Musically, they were influenced by electronica but they also had the hard-hitting beats necessary for survival in a heavily competitive rap world. (Not for nothing were they on Warp, one of the best places to find experimental hip-hop in the early 2000s.) Of course, it's always a grand proposition when standard-bearers return after a long absence, but no one in rap or experimental techno could have been fully prepared for Fluorescent Black, easily their best record -- packed with more highlights than anything they'd released before, but also more cohesive than they'd ever been. With heavy claps on the beat but experimental effects shooting all over the mix, it's just as innovative as fans would expect. And the rapping sounds rejuvenated, with Beans particularly, as Antipop Consortium rap over the best beats they've heard in years (despite a healthy number of projects during the interim). None of this is going to sell enough records to bother Jay-Z, and a track or two veer too close to MF Doom for comfort, but Fluorescent Black is easily one of the best rap records of the year.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: Big Dada Records
UPC: 5021392150826
catalogNumber: 150
Rank: 186843

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Antipop Consortium   Primary Artist
Earl Blaize   scratching,Group Member
Roots Manuva   Guest Appearance
Beans   Synthesizer,Percussion
High Priest   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
LaSonya Gunter   Background Vocals
M. Sayyid   Vocals,Group Member
Dolphin   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Marlin Greene   Composer
Earl Blaize   Arranger,Composer,Director,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Introduction
Antipop Consortium   Composer,Producer
Beans   Arranger,Producer
High Priest   Programming,MIDI
LaSonya Gunter   Introduction
M. Sayyid   Producer
Michael Figaro   Hook
David Nelson (Dahveed Ben Israel)   Introduction
Mark Evans   Illustrations
Dan Huron   Engineer
R. Smith   Composer
Priest   Producer
Rick Smith   Composer
Robert Stewart   Composer

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