By EW Staff
Updated February 14, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM Anti-Pop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp (Thirsty Ear) The hip-hoppers collaborated with the jazz pianist before breaking up last year.

CAT POWER You Are Free (Matador) Head Cat Chan Marshall litters her first record since 1998’s Moon Pix with guests Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.

ZION I Deep Water Slang Version 2.0 (Live Up/Raptivism) The political rap duo, last heard on Linkin Park’s Reanimation, drop a follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2000 debut, Mind Over Matter.

THE GO-BETWEENS Bright Yellow Bright Orange (Jetset) The Australian cult-poppers, who reunited in 2000 after a 12-year lapse, deliver their eighth CD.


”Distractions (Madlib’s YNQ remix)” ZERO 7 (from Simple Things Remixes) Trippy Bay Area producer remolds this soul ditty into masterful, meandering jazz.

”Beaks” SUPER NUMERI (from Great Aviaries) Fuzzed-out, maddeningly erratic percussion from one of the more peculiar concept albums in recent months.

”Let It Ride (Jimpster remix)” LISA SHAW (from Bare Essentials Vol. 2) For those who fondly remember house music, this one’s both blissful and banging.

”August 25, 2001” COUNT BASS D (from Dwight Spitz) A strolling, sample-delic odyssey strung together with soft keys and a general feeling of warmth.

”Sumac Berries” JON DOE (from Metal Fingers Presents: Special Herbs, Vols. 1 & 2) Sometimes a dope beat is just that, a beat. Well, that and a lovely organ loop.