New York MC Beans came to light as one-third of underground hip-hop partisans Anti-Pop Consortium, an act whose name pretty much doubles as their working manifesto. When that group disbanded in 2002, Beans began releasing solo records that continued to push their idiosyncratic vision and his own impressive lyrical and beat production skills into new, weird territories, from respectable flirtations with the electro (-clash, if you must) resurgence of the early aughts to collaborations with jazz players and, most recently, to End It All.
This new album finds Beans collaborating with a notably varied roster of producers, from Italo-disco-mongers In Flagranti to electronic head-nodder Four Tet to drummer Sam Fog of rote mope-rockers Interpol. What's perhaps most impressive about the album is that the strength of Bean's sonic aesthetic is dominating enough to get all his collaborators to hew to a single style: The beats are hard and the bass is heavy, but both are spare, and the space that surrounds them is charged with anxiety and echoing stereo effects, only occasionally broken up with synthesizer noise or a sharp bit of melody. And, you know, the rapping is all Beans' usual crazy tongue-twister shit.
Beans performs tonight at Chop Suey, with Suntonio Bandanaz and OC Notes, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21+