|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
|Having long left behind the slightest notion of being a hip-hop label (in the same way that most records on Anticon weren't so hip-hop either), Mush releases the first full-length by long time office aficionado Matt Alsberg. So rather than wax on what the record is not, it is better to celebrate what it is. Opener "Ten Days Out" is a vintage listening techno selection, the scrappy little brother of anything off those Artificial Intelligence comps from the mid-'90s. Alsberg maintains gritty analog sound throughout, but shapes it into skinny guitar riffs on screamer "Cesspool City" with singer Anthony Anzalone or twitchy rhythmic skittering for emcee Cadence Weapon to brush over - á la Beans without the willfully obtuse lyrics. He probably pushers farther than need be with the spangled electro-folk of "The Nogoodnick," but it's all feisty and frolicking fun - presuming one finds old Warp Records releases fun rather than incorrigible. We'll assume the former in readers of this mag. - Urb