|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
|Somewhere between IDM, breaks, and Anticon's idiosyncratic take on hip-hop lurks Antimc, a young man shredding up guitars and making bleepy beats all on his lonesome. Although this album veers wildy between styles, there's much to enjoy. The opening freak-out of "Ten Days Out" moves from glitching beats to an atmospheric cLOUDDEAD drift before climaxing in what sounds like the theme tune to a cop show from the future. It's marvellous. The shift in styles is refreshing, but also a little jarring at times. Where acts like Subtle have got this post-everything shtick down, Antimc's experiments are a mixed bag; "Cesspool City," for example, sounds uncomfortably like Bodyrockers, while "The Nogoodnick" just misses scoring a computerised anti-folk hit. That said, if the boy can produce more like the elegiac electro of "... Or I May Just Dream (My Life Away)," he'll be lapping up praise from all and sundry. - Clash