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Antipop Consortium : Knives From Heaven
with Matthew Shipp and William Parker

   $15.98      
The penetrating quartet of Beans, Priest, Shipp and Parker synthesizes a newly realized form of hip-hop and jazz. The album combines Shipp and Parker's most ardent and agonizing playing with Antipop's most vehement and expressive rap. It embodies the "nuances of improvisation" by paying homage to the spirit of "musical forbearers while [also] pushing forward" (Priest). "Knives From Heaven" is invigorating, mind-bending and totally transformative.

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Antipop Consortium's core duo both amazes and perplexes with their verbal dexterity and weighty imagery. They do not dawdle with hackneyed flows, but innovate their own cadence just when rhythm seems impossible. Beans and Priest's agile and heady verses are interspersed with Shipp's mesmerizing musings, which range from serene and ethereal to harsh and agitated. Both Shipp and bassist William Parker provide stirring performances throughout the record as they back Antipop's fiery lyricism while forging their own inspired tangents. With virtuosity on the microphones, drum machines and instruments, "Knives From Heaven" creates "dynamic forms that knock" and captures the pinnacle of both instrumental and lyrical hip-hop (Priest).
   $15.98      


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