|MH-250 Antimc - It's Free, But It's Not Cheap
It's Free, But It's Not Cheap, the solo debut from Los Angeles producer Antimc, is a nine-song collection of sprawling post-rock, dancefloor filling hip-hop, and inspired electronics. The album features three MCs (Busdriver, Cadence Weapon, and Saafir), three vocalists (Anthony Anzalone of the Mean Reds, Andrew Broder of Fog, and Mark Mitchell of Clue to Kalo), and shows a vast range of production styles. Antimc is the rare producer that is just as accomplished at writing melodies, playing his own live instrumentation, and structuring a song, as he is at programming a drum machine and editing on a computer. This versatility shows as he is able to span hip-hop to hardcore to electro to post-rock and capture standout performances from each collaborator, while always focusing on creating an expertly crafted song.
|This is expert detailwork - felt first, heard later - The Wire / Keen and edgy - Signal To Noise / Slick and very ambitious - Two Way Monologues / Definitely a producer to watch in 2007 - XLR8R / it's difficult to fault Antimc's musical ability or courage - Subba-Cultcha
|Dan believes that I ought to love Cadence Weapon; I think my taste in hip-hop is not that sophisticated, sadly. But he is giving him -- and me -- another chance by putting this track by Antimc in the list, because Cadence is featured on it. The background is pretty neat; I'm not sure what it is that's making that noise, but I'm pretty sure my old Casio had it as one of its 99 "instruments." I also like to hear some solid Canadian hip-hop, since our reputation on that front is so lame. And this is solid, to be sure; more experimental than my usual tastes, but something that should be checked out. I particularly like the chorus. - Two Way Monologues