|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
|The L.A. born and bred Antimc's musical spectrum is vast on this solo outing, dipping in and out of hip-hop, electro, punk, and everything in between. But while showcasing a wide range of vocalists (including Clue To Kalo's Mark Mitchell) and emcees (including Saafir and Cadence Weapon) is interesting, the result sometimes dips into the schizophrenic, not really knowing what it wants to be. And while I'm all for not sticking to any one thing, a bit more cohesiveness would have been appreciated. - Tastes Like Chicken