Demo reviews vol. 9

It’s about that time again. Time for me to listen to the demo’s you people have sent me and tell you what I think. I promise to be nothing but honest. But, for many of you, that’s not a good thing. So much so that if you receive a rating of 7/10 in any category, consider your song the best thing I’ve ever heard.
As always, DO NOT SEND ME MORE DEMO’S RIGHT NOW. When I need them, I’ll let you know. I will say that that time is coming soon as a few of the saved files (where I kept all the entries on my computer) I had have been corrupted so in a few weeks or soi’ll be asking for new submissions. But, you know, don’t send me anything now cause I’m a stickler for rules and I won’t even listen to that shit.
If you’ve never seen this on my blog before, it’s very simple. Every artist/group sends me one song. I then listen to it once, , do a short write up and then rate it in a bunch of categories.
The categories are based on a 1-10 rating for the following
Vocals(if applicable):

Pretty simple and effective. I just ask you not to be butt hurt if I don’t love your music. Don’t feel bad. 99% of music is pretty terrible. It’s par for the course.
Let’s go…


It started out like i was gonna turn into a dubstep song so I was glad that didn’t happen. That said, the direction it goes is just kinda strange. I’m very on the fence about all that shit that comes in around 1:04. On one hand, it’s interesting but it doesn’t exactly sound awesome. So, depending what the artist is going for it’s either a success or a misstep. The drum are cool though.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Song:Wolfs head

This is some straight up 96 underground kinda shit. I used to get sent all sorts of demo’s back then of stuff just like this. Not cause I wanted demo’s to review but cause I was a nerd who wanted obscure music. Anyway, this is okay. The beat is mixed kinda funny but could have been really dope with some tinkering. The rapping is pretty average. Not bad at all..but there’s nothing much to it. And the vocals sound like they were recorded on a four track in the mid 90’s. A little tightening of the screws on this one woulda helped.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):4 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

This is music to be asleep during. It might put you to sleep but you’re better off just being asleep the whole time. I get the vibe and all but the weather sound effects are just kinda overkill. At the same time, it’s far from offensive so, in the sense, it’s actually fairly listenable. The only problem with that is that it’s the type of music you forget is on and you could hear a whole album of it and not know the songs changed.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Salty Prem
Song: Traveling Salesmen

Listen…I realize I open these demo reviews up to everyone but some of you need to realize that sending me stuff like this is just pointless. I simply don’t listen to this kinda stuff so my opinion on it truly doesn’t matter. It’s like asking a blind man to review outfits. This could be the best or worst music ever made within this genre and I’d have no clue. So, to all budding demo senders, take notice! I straight up don’t know what to say about this kinda shit. It’s okay…I think. I have no fucking clue.
Production:3 or 6 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:3 or 6 out of 10
Originality:1 or 10 out of 10? I have no fucking idea.

Artist: The Yes Yes Yalls
Song: 7000 (feat. Chuck Hammer
I bet there are some dudes in glasses and “where’s waldo” hats doing some vicious shoe gazing dances to this right now. It’s certainly different than what I normally get so that’s nice. I like the drums. It’s recorded well. The actual music is okay (the mellow break towards the end is my favorite part) and the singing is decent. The song writing is decent as well. basically, this is okay but not really up my alley to begin with. Still, for what it is, it’s good. In fact, I can safely say it’s my favorite demo of this batch thus far. That’s not great achievement but it’s gotta count for something.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: El Topo
Song: Bite the bullet
This is a dope beat with a few faults. The drums are a tad thin and I don’t think it stands on it’s own as a song just cause you throw a vocal sample in the front. It needs more. That said, the sample work is excellent and subtle. Woulda been better with a rapper on it.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:6.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Jamesy Downie
Song: Speak Easy

This is a cool beat and all but this isn’t “Let me review the beat you just finished”. Send me songs, goddamnit. Cool loop and the drums are okay (not great though). But it’s certainly a style that has been done to death.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Fine Vinyl
Song: Thousand points of light

The whole thing seems off. The beat is kinda off key with itself and the rapper is very green ( and I don’t mean that he recycles). I can relate to this kind of rapping cause this is what every white dude who raps and wants to use a lot of words sounds like. It needs some serious refinement. The flow and voice are a long ways from being ready and they seem as if they’re trying to catch up with the lyrics. This is one of those cases where I’d hope this was just a hobby (which this totally sounds as if it is) cause the amount of work it might take the MC to become decent is terrifying.
Production:2 out 10
Vocals(if applicable):2 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Chazz
Song: Fragmented
This is pretty interesting. It’s got those “found sound” type of drums. Whenever I hear them I honestly don’t know how the producer made them. Musically it’s dense but not entirely interesting. Still, it’s pretty solid all around and you can tell the dude who made it is trying something different.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Mark A Schwartz
Song: Simone
First off, props on the illest music name of all time.
Secondly, this may be before the producers time but that sample is pretty played outas it was the centerpiece to a classic underground hip hop joint…

Still, I can’t expect every producer to know every song. Basically, this is well made just not incredibly original. Take it from me, a dude who’s sampled Nina Simone a million times, it’s past the point where it’s okay. Hell, when I did it in 2003 it was questionable. Still, like I said, all that considered, this does show promise as someone who knows how to make a good song.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals(if applicable):N/A
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Now, you tell me which one you liked the most:

13 thoughts on “Demo reviews vol. 9

  1. Cheers for the feedback, in retrospect i do wish i sent something more current and not just a beat but was cool to hear your thoughts nonetheless šŸ™‚

    • Word. I’m hoping, the more I do this, the more people kinda realize the type of shit they should send me. The less electronica tracks the better.
      I basically only wanna hear raps songs and fully realized instrumental tracks.

  2. What about doing a Demo Review where you post all of the submissions for the week, let people vote on it and then post your thoughts on the subject like a 1-3 days later. I realize it would be more than you probably intended for it to be, but hey I’m just curious if your opinions effect other people’s opinions. No, I have nothing submitted for this week’s review. Just a thought.

    • Not a bad idea but it just makes more work for me. I honestly don’t really care how people vote. THat’s more for you guys than me. And my favorite one has lost more often than not. For instance, I voted for the Yes Yes yalls this week.

  3. Chazz hands down for me. I love how he mixes in the mario song near the end. This is the first one I actually want to download, very interesting. Well done Chazz!

  4. That Chazz joint was pretty badass. I had some drums similar to that on a track I did. I sampled a sound effects record with typewriters and shit. Like you said, found drums…

  5. My friend just called me, he and I recorded the Wolf’s Head track. He was like “Blockhead reviewed our track!” Cue giddyness on my end. Tee review was fair and suffice it to say, pretty accurate. Thanks man!

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