|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
|Antimc (aka Matthew Alsberg) first came to public attention while producing tracks for his and Radioinactive's 2004 album Free Kamal. The disc was a hip-hop-centric hodgepodge of dub, astral jazz, ethnodelia, warped easy listening and other quirky marginalia that has long been Mush Records' steez. Now with his debut album, It's Free, But It's Not Cheap, Antimc spreads his creative wings. Disc opener "Ten Days Out" is as inventive as RJD2's finest efforts on Since We Last Spoke, with its stuttering funk rhythm embellished by chillingly beautiful vibes, bold horns and glitchy, twitchy textures. From there, Antimc cavalierly tears through stuttery punk rock; prog-funk rap (with Busdriver); Dylan-esque folk-rock (with Fog); mellow, Tortoise-like post-rock; dreamy, glazed, post-shoegazer bliss (with Clue to Kalo); and more. While Cheap isn't perfect, it is an ambitious attempt to broaden underground hip-hop's parameters. - Alternative Press