|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
|Another record showing Mush's continual move into the outer realms of hip-hop, this comes from Radioinactive's Antimc, a super-producer and multi-instrumentalist who seems hell bent on taking hip-hop into the future instead of staying stuck in the past. A lofty decision but occasionally it works wonders, most notably on 'Canadian Dream' which features man-of-the-moment Cadence Weapon showing why the net is abuzz with praise for his sick flow and has production to match. Similarly when teamed up with the now major-label signed Busdriver, Antimc kicks together a bass heavy, growling monster mash of a track, but more often than not the willingness to be eclectic slightly overwhelms the flow of the album and takes it into places I'd rather it didn't go. A mixed albeit very varied listening experience - it's nice that it's taking those risks but check it out first, I'd say. - Boomkat