|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’s debut album skips between genres so quickly that it’s hard to say whether his music feels more at home next to the new Busdriver album or with post-rockers like Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. However, regardless of genre locale, Antimc’s geographical location could not be clearer. It’s a Los Angeles/West Hollywood record that encompasses the aesthetics of the city’s many diverse scenes, from rap to noise to electronica and indie pop. Throughout the album, Antimc’s production shines, from his electronica tracks (such as “Ten Days Out” and the incredibly cheerful “What Were We So Afraid Of?”) to hip-hop tracks which feature production more impressive than most of the Neptunes’ recent catalog (see “Canadian Dream”). - KSCR