Hello everyone. It’s that time again. The time where I listen to songs you sent me and give my honest opinion on them. Prior to sending these, you were all warned of how I may or may not feel about your music so, as always, take it with a grain of salt. Thick skin is important for musicians anyway. I’d also like to clarify, when I compare you to an artist, it’s more just my brain being reminded of something. It doesn’t mean you sound a lot like said artist. It’s a feeling. So don’t get offended or gassed of those type of comments. They’re just me telling you what I hear.
Also, DO NOT SEND ME MORE DEMOS. I’ll let you know when I need more. Anything sent to me now won’t even be opened or listened to.
Anyway, we’ve done this 4 times already so I don’t think I need to explain it that deeply. Aside from a brief written review, I’ll be rating the songs on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:
Originality: Obviously rating how much this differs from other music out there in a positive way. I’ll be shocked if anyone gets above a 5 out of 10 as this is a pretty tough category.
Listenability: Rating how hard/easy it was to sit through. This could go a few ways as I often find humor in music that’s extra bad so, it’s not always a compliment.
Production technique: Rating how well crafted the song was. Was it “professional”. How was it recorded and mixed.
Okay? cool. Let’s go…
This beat sounds like a cutting room floor late Company Flow track. Like a lesser version of this:
It’s definitely got a mood I’m familiar with but I’ve never really loved these types of tracks. That said, it’s well made for what it is and this is totally just a personal preference thing. I’m just not typically into noisy , chaotic beats. It’s ironic cause the rapper kinda sounds like Big Juss. He’s actually pretty dope. Good presence and the lyrics aren’t typical. Not bad at all.
(on a side note, I just listened to a bunch of his other songs on youtube and he’s dope. Kinda wish he had sent me a different song but, in general, easily one of the better rappers I’ve had submitted to me thus far)
Originality:6 out of 10
Listenability: 5 out of 10 (woulda been way higher if not for the track)
Production technique: 6 out of 10
song: Steal this tour
I like this beat a lot. It’s got a really nice feel to it. The rapper is simply okay though. He’s mixed a little low so it’s hard to hear what he’s saying at times but when I can hear it , he’s adequate yet not really saying anything I haven’t heard a hundred times…and did he say “You gotta be def dumb and blind not to gay me”? I doubt it…but that’s what it sounded like.
Originality:4 out 10
listenability: 6 out of 10
Production technique:4 out of 10 (dope beat, shitty mix)
Artist: Broken Clock
Song: Could Mould
Pretty amateur sounding in both the sounds used and the composition. Maybe it’s just me but I can always tell when someones getting their sounds from some Reason (or whatever program) plug in. Nothing wrong with using those sounds but you gotta try and make them sound different from how the original factory settings. This has a few decent moments (there is a decent attention to detail with tiny things that pop in and out through the song) but it’s just not that interesting.
Originality:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Production technique:3 out of 10
Song: Party Pants
File this under: Proficient white rapper that I’d never listen to. It’s not bad, it’s just not up my alley. The writing and flow are actually pretty good but I’m just not crazy about the voice. It’s sounds like there’s too much spit in his mouth or something. Regardless, he’s not bad. I can appreciate when rappers try to do something topically so this has that going for it as well.
The beat is okay. Kinda boring but not terrible by any means.
Originality: 4 out of 10
listenability: 4.5 out of 10
Production technique: 5 out of 10
This is fine for what it is. Good drums with synth sounds. Not much really to grab on to here though. It’s just sort of like listening to a strange mood. Over all, this is simply okay. It’s not the type of shit I tend to listen to though so it’s kinda just like “um…okay…cool”.
That said, it is well made and has a subtlety to it.
Honestly, the most offensive thing about it is the genre tags on the bandcamp page. What the fuck is “Intergalactic soap house”?
Even if it’s two separate things, fuck that shit.
Originality: 4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Production technique:5.5 out of 10
I gotta admit, anytime I see an obviously european made song that spells the plural of a word with an unnecessary “z”, I tend to prejudge it. Before even listening to it, I imagine some whigger from norway quoting Vinnie Paz lyrics and wearing a t-shirt with a graffiti can on it.
All that said, this isn’t what I expected. It’s simply a beat…a beat that could use some vocals on it that aren’t movie clips from whatever country this is from. The beat itself is okay. It would be greatly improved by a rapper and definitely doesn’t stand alone but it’s solid for what it is.
Originality:3 out 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Production technique:4.5 out of 10
Artist: Alex Kish
Song: Synchronized Buddha
Well, that was brief. This was the beginning of something could have been pretty good. All the parts were cool, the changes worked but then it ended. This is a case of something simply not being finished. I’d advise this dude to reload this one up , add about 2 or 3 more minutes to it and you may be on to something. I feel like this is a case of a producer seeing his chance to send me something and not really considering that, perhaps, I wanna hear whole songs and not just snippets.
Originality:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out 10
production technique:5.5 out of 10
song:On the tin hill
It’s strange to say but my favorite part about this whole song is the snare that sounds like it may have been a field recording. It’s really cool. Other than that, this is just sorta all over the place. I don’t see a clear direction here. tone-wise, not everything melds together like I would have liked it to, as it’s basically just some abstract atmospheric type shit that pretty much relies on things blending seamlessly to carry on the mood.
Originality:4 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Production technique: 5.5 out of 10
Song: Blowin’ Smoke at the stars
This beat is very smooth. Reminds me of some mid/late 90’s underground kinda shit.Very solid. The rapping just isn’t there though. It just doesn’t sound like he’s really comfortable or that he’s found his style/voice yet. It borders on some spaced spoken word poetry type flow but it just doesn’t land well. It’s a very minimalist type of flow…too much so. Kind of “Group home” like but without the whole thugged out from brooklyn part that made then so enjoyable.
Originality:3 out of 10
Listenability: 5 out of 10 (the beat is EXTREMELY listenable)
Production technique:6.5 out of 10
Artist: Chuck brown
Song: Fear and Loathing
This is a tough one cause how you gonna rock over that Jay electronica beat? That’s some big shoes to fill considering how hard he murdered that track.
It doesn’t really give me a lot to work with. The rapper? He’s fine. Totally capable and not spectacular…but fine. I’m always gonna appreciate some straight NY shit, which this is but it’s just not really doing anything that hasn’t been done to death. Honestly, had this had an original beat on it, it would have helped me have a clearer opinion on it.
Originality:2 out of 10 (it’s not an original beat)
listenability:5 out of 10
production technique:3 out of 10