Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Ant Neely
Not Fit For Human Consumption
(self-released)
www.antneely.com


In the pantheon of dance/electronica music there are a myriad of unknowns making great music, creating grooves that are danceable and immediately likeable. One such relative unknown is Anthony Neely a.k.a. Ant. Ant's music is a vicious blending of analog synths, cool breakbeats, and old school sampling that is sure to make your booty move as it grooves along. Tracks like "Scratch Redux" are filled with nice summertime vibes, synthy basslines, nice smooth female vocals, and copious amounts of groove; think Dee-lite for the new millennium. On "Lucky," Ant drops some juicy grooves and tosses in samples from an old "instructional video" from the 50s/60s about being in love and the pitfalls of same. The music plays a perfect backdrop to the brilliantly tongue-in-cheek cockamamie storyline. Ant has a penchant for finding old public domain samples to flesh out his jazzy electronic grooves. One of the most auspicious things about Not Fit For Human Consumption is the simple beauty of how Neely builds the tracks around a simple phrase and fills the track with other noises, samples, and instruments, giving the most simple item a brand new life. When Ant takes a voiceover from Encyclopedia Brittanica's Atoms For Peace film and scores it against a spare drum'n'bass background, he has created a weirdly stark landscape that very ably conveys the oddness of the subject matter and the innocent way that such a strong subject was presented at one time. Building tracks from and around a simple theme or phrase is something that Neely has shown himself to be quite proficient at, and his remixing and sampling abilities are without equal.

I don't think Norman Cook is going to give you permission to sample his work… but Ant will and does on this new record, all under the auspices of the Creative Commons Licensing (http://creativecommons.org). Additionally, permission is granted to download and redistribute the songs, as long as song titles and credits are attached. Perhaps the world is finally ready for a more open sampling and downloading community among musicians and their fans. I hope so… I think it would open worlds of musical opportunity, among the artists and the listening public.

-L. Keane

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



Pink Floyd

-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.