|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
|As billed this solo outing from Radioinactive and Boom Bip associate Antimc is a freewheeling hodgepodge of avant-garde jazz sensibilities applied to punk, electro, experimental rock and hip-hop. As such it can be angular, maddening and downright abrasive at times and boasts a similarly leftfield roll call of guest vocalists and MCs. It is among the atmospheric tail-enders that the more approachable productions lie, the inspired wonky hip-hop of "The True Believer" being bolstered by dreamy, billowing instrumentals. All in all it makes for a commendably high-risk debut that pulls no punches and rattles in at less than 40 minutes. - The List