|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
|Los Angeles is unstoppable right now. Much like Brooklyn's party scene and Scando power, there's no halting the coolness that's radiating through the sprawling smog, traversing the Atlantic and landing on my desk in the form of a nicely packaged compact disc. And, as a bonus, it's full of wondrous beats, too. This morning the debut album from LA native Antimc, known to his Mom and Pops as Matthew Alsberg unfolded itself in my headphones. Beats were breaking and samples were tweaking whilst the acidy synth lines reminded me that new wave can rock in a post hip-hop environment. This is LA, not NYC, after all. Although It's Free, But It's Not Cheap ticks all the immediate boxes of your average undergroung, off kilter, mostly instrumental rap record: it's on Mush, features vocals from Busdriver and Fog, and was made with an E-Mu SP-1200, Ensoniq ASR-10 and Akai MPC-2000XL... trust me, this is not that record. Well, actually, there are bits of that record with an At The Drive In-esque kick in the balls. And a lil' bit of screaming. It's just - how can we put this? fresher. - One Week To Live