Demo reviews vol. 11

I asked for demo’s and you delivered. Thanks to all those of you who sent in demo’s last week. I got about 60, so it’ll be a while before I need more. So, to those asking “When can i send my demo in, bro!?!?!”, it’ll be months. Look at it this way. I do this bi-weekly and review ten demos every time. so, in about 12 weeks, I’ll need more demos. See you next year!
Oh, another side note, if you sent me something that was you rapping over unoriginal production, I’m skipping it. A big part of this is reviewing the whole song. If you’re using a kanye beat, it’s not really fair. Same goes for people sending me songs with a famous accapela on it. This whole thing is for demos. Songs made entirely by the artist. If you’re a rapper and can’t find an original beat, you’re not trying hard enough. It’s 2012. The internet exists and there are more people making music than ever. Reach out to them and make it happen.
As always, I like to preface these reviews by stating these are just one mans opinion. What i think isn’t making or breaking anything. I got my taste, you got yours. So, don’t get butthurt if I don’t like your music. Don’t feel bad. I don’t like most music.
As for the reviews themselves, I do a little write up then rate the songs on a 1 to 10 scale in these categories:

So simple. So effective.
Let’s go…

Artist:Mind Capsule
Song:Out of time
This is cinematic. I could see it as background music for some B-movie or something. That said, I don’t really see when else anyone would ever listen to it. It’s got some cool elements but, overall, it’s fairly boring. Its not badly put together or anything, there’s just not much to it.

Artist: Crazy Robot
I won’t lie, upon hearing the very first note I was ready to hate it. Between the type of bass sound and the drums, I thought it was some seriously amateur shit.The good news is that it gets better as it goes. Still, this isn’t my thing really. A rapper on it might help. But i could say that for like 95% of all the instrumental submissions I get.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out 10
Originality:5 out of 10

This is one of those good “wall of sound” tracks. It’s drone like but it’s also pretty. It’s also one of the rare occasions where I get a song that might be shorter than it needed to be. I feel like it had potential to go places. Whatever the case, it was pretty cool. As usual, not something I’d listen to on my own time (You know, being instrumental and all…) but there is definite talent in whoever made this.
Production:6 out 10
Listenability:6 out 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist:Neat Beats
Song:Graffiti on a tuesday night
This is some well made instrumental hip hop shit. It moves along nicely and the sample layering actually works (That’s extremely rare around these parts). It’s a pretty song and my only real complaint would be the break beat that was used is one of the top 5 most played out breaks on the planet. Maybe get some different drums. But, aside form that, not bad.

Artist:Natalia Bagatelas Feat: Carl Kavorkian
Song:Reflections (RMX)
Holy shit! A song with vocals! Am i dreaming?!?!?! Is it my birthday?
This is an odd one. It’s one of those things where all the elements are are decent but it doesn’t really all come together. The singer is okay. The beat is okay. The rapper is okay. So, you know what that makes? An okay song. The mind song change gets a little sloppy but I realize it’s the producer trying something out so I’m not mad at it.
Side note, people can stop calling songs “reflections” now. It was never a great title but , at this point, it’s been done to the point where it’s almost a joke.

Artist: Gengis Khascience
White swag, bro.
First off, love the name. That’s important.
This is cool but not exactly getting over the middle ground hump. The beat is kinda just there. The rapper has the attitude and he can rap well enough. This actually reminds me of some shit from the late 90’s that I might hear on an underground radio show that plays demos. Honestly, I’m just happy to hear rapping on a demo.

Song:Beneath the Mushroom
The first thing that jumped out as me is that the vocals are mixed terribly. It might have to do with the rapper doing that mystical whispering/yell style. He sounds like a person who’s in a library getting angry.
The beat is pretty dope though. One of the better beats I’ve gotten that featured rappers.
But, back to the rapper…this is all obviously just personal preference but this type of rapping makes me wanna beat my head against a wall. It’s whiney and has an air of fake mysticism to it. Like it was done by one of dudes in Lord of the rIngs or some shit. I dunno…it’s hard to explain. I feel bad even clowning it cause , really, it’s not like the dude is bad at rapping, he more just mad choices with his voice I strongly disagree with.

Artist:Dinosaur Burps
Song:WV Bruder Alles
Well, what do we have here! A good rap demo! The beat is awesome. Sampling country music can work when done right and this dude nailed it. The rapping is straight up good. Good voice, interesting lyrics, good flow. I’m actually in shock as i really have nothing bad to say. Easily top 3 demo’s I’ve ever received.

Artist: Satellite Chid
Song:Midnight Sequence
Well, that was stabby. It’s not bad but pretty uninteresting in general. It’s just kinda variations of the same thing for 3 minutes. It picks up a little at the end but, overall, it doesn’t do much for me.

Artist: Paul:Williams
Song: After 12
This almost sounds like something Bjork might have sung over like 15 years ago. That’s not a diss. It’s just got the “minimal yet busier than it sounds” thing going for it. This isn’t in my wheelhouse but it’s pretty well put together. I really do think a singer would greatly improve it but, on it’s own, it’s not bad at all. I’m on the fence as to whether the drum sounds were chosen or if that’s what was available. They walk that fine line of sounding kinda like cheap factory setting sounds and just being an artistic angle.

Which demo did you like the most? I WANNA KNOW!!!

13 thoughts on “Demo reviews vol. 11

  1. The song by “Big River” is actually an artist named “Dinosaur Burps” according to what I could turn up on Google. Not that he needed them but I give extra points just for having a rap name like that.

  2. Also I feel like just having the word “beat(s)” in your name is an automatic turn off for me. It was cool back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with guys like Johnny “Guitar” Watson but I feel like the music world is about ready to be over that. Yes, you make hip-hop beats or try your best to but let me find that out for myself, Mr.MasterBeatsAllDay5000.

  3. Reblogged this on WV Awesomeness and commented:
    Hey, whaddya know. One of the productions we did at Big River Records received a very favorable review from The Real Blockhead (producer for Aesop Rock, Murs, etc.) on his Demo Review blog. Check out what he had to say about Dinosaur Burps’ “WV Bruder Alles”, about halfway down the page and vote if you think it’s the best of the songs reviewed here (you know you want to).

  4. I stopped at that Dinosaur Burps joint. That was one of the best new artists I’ve heard in a hot minute. Dude kinda had an Aesop Rock flow, but….shit….it’s so dope, it doesn’t matter.

  5. i voted paul williams cuz it was the most intresting as far as potential.

    i just listen to the dinosaur burps again and i dont get it. the beat was straight but i dont see what everyone else does.

    and the guy that rhymed “light saber” with “nice neighbor” should drop his mic before he hurts himself or someone else. how can u put that on paper and not realize u gotta scracth the bar…maybe the verse all together.

    • Rhyming “light saber” with “nice neighbor” is hardly offensive. Depending on the context, it could be fine..or just neither here nor there. Just saying…you’re reaching a bit with that criticism.

      • i do have a heart of hate when it comes to demo reviews. im just gonna keep my mouth shut before i burn a cross on someones lawn.

  6. I dont know about the Bruder Alles/Dinosaur Burps joint. To me it really sounds like something that Beck would do. And I dont like Beck. Despite having a pretty good voice and a dope flow, his lyrics are a little corny. Talking about being known to fart and sniff it? The whole song takes the cecil otter blues style beat stuff and swings it in a more straight up redneck direction.

    To me the Ghengis joint was the most appealing, from the standpoint of if I had to listen to more music from anyone it would be him.

    • It feels pointless sticking up for Dinosaur burps but I feel like there’s a backlash happening due to me actually liking one of the demo’s for once in my life.
      Obviously, we’re all entitled to our opinions. This song is not perfect or anything but to say it sounds like Beck and his lines are corny? I dunno.
      Have you only heard one beck song? I mean, other then it sampling some country type music and Beck doing that once on “Loser” there could not be less in common between the two.
      As for the corny line, i’d say it’s more silly. Sometime, I’d rather hear some playful shit that dudes trying to get deep.

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