Demo reviews Vol. 18


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First things first, Stop sending me demos. The doors are closed for now and I will not be accepting new submissions any time soon. The outpour of submissions I got over the last two weeks will keep me busy for months. I REPEAT: I’M NO LONGER ACCEPTING DEMO SUBMISSIONS.
Secondly, Hi! Welcome to another edition of “Demo reviews”. That thing where I give you my opinion of the music of total strangers. Music, i might add, that they sent me willingly to review. So, no hard feelings. This weeks batch is interesting. While it’s mostly instrumental stuff (which is a bummer for me cause i way prefer reviewing rap songs) it’s actually a pretty solid selection. A few of these would rank pretty high amongst past submissions. So, that’s good. I’m just kinda hoping I’ll be getting more rap joints to review in the future cause, you know, they’re easier for me to make fun of and that’s kinda my wheelhouse.
Anyway, the reviews are like so: A brief write up telling you what i think than i rate the songs on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

I’m pretty stingy with the rating so , truth be told, if you get a 5/10, you should be pretty happy with yourself.
Well, enough blabbering…Let’s listen to some fuckin’ demos.

Artist: Something Fiction
Song: The Sky


This song seems confused. From the beat being all over the place to the singer not quite being there yet, it’s just a tad messy. The breakdown in particular had me scratching my head. It just sounds like an uncomfortable wall of sound that’s trying to be something prettier. The singer isn’t terrible in the sense that she can sing in key but she’s got one of those voices , much like J-lo, that ,even when singing in key, it just doesn’t sound right. That could be cause of the production though as the beat barely has a key to sing to in the first place.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
3.5 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10

Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Wax Triptych
Song: Moonlight Vibe


Well, this is pretty good. Great layering. It moves along well and keep evolving as it goes. Definitely hear the RJd2 influence in here for sure. I gotta say , it’s just nice to hear someone in this demo review section make a beat with multiple sample sources (I’m assuming it’s from multiple sources) and actually have everything blend perfectly. My only knock on this is that the main drum break used is extremely played out but, even that get chopped up a bit to nice effect. Well done.
Production:7 of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
7.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Tybox Feat. Stanley Ipkuss
Song: DiY


The first thing that jumps out to me is the beat. I love the loop and the layering is cool. The snare is a little loud but, hey, it happens.
The rapping to me is secondary. Both the rapper are perfectly capable but they also fall into the that category of mc’s who don’t really separate themselves from the millions of other rappers out there doing underground type shit. Not bad though…
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10

Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: AK 75
Song: Soft sounds Hard drugs


At first, this falls somewhere between uninteresting and very subtle. It takes a little too long to build but i suppose that can blamed on the person making it being on drugs. Once it gets going, it’s actually quite decent. Much like the “Wax Triptych” demo, this one also suffers from unimaginative break beat usage. I dunno if the new generation are not aware of what drums have and haven’t been used a billion times. Let’s dig a little more here people. Drums are the backbone.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a

Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: R Precise
Song: Gutters


Oh, hey…yet another good rap beat with no rapper on it. As I’ve said before, if this is your idea of a “song”, you need to listen to more songs. To be clear, this is a perfectly fine rap beat. The drums are hard, the samples are nice. It’s just not even remotely near to a song. It’s literally two parts. I’mma need more than that.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Mr. Magoo
Song: Fractals, Spirits, Groove


This falls into that “Not really my area of expertise”. It’s cool, i guess? It definitely jumps all over genre wise and and it got some interesting directional choices. It’s not bad at all. Definitely well crafted. There is certainly an audience for this out there. Just not me personally.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a

Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Medium Sized B
Song: Championship Camping


Ol’ ghetto chariots of fire ass sounding intro. This one was a slow builder that doesn’t really go anywhere. The drums left a little to be desired and the mixing was a bit harsh. Some filter on that synth would do wonders. Strangely enough, while i found it hard to sit through the whole thing, I could see this in a commercial for something. Not sure what…maybe a really uncomfortable running shoe?
Production:
 4.5 out of 10
Vocals: n/a

Listenability:3.5 out of 10

Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Eligroove
Song: Found Object Sculpture


so so so so white. This voice is so white, it’s almost racist. I’m not trying to be a dick, just pointing out…you gotta a white ass voice, bro.
Aside from that, this is pretty amateur. The beat is tinny and the classical music angle just isn’t that interesting. The rapping (outside the painfully white voice) is some deep thoughts type shit that sound straight out of a dream journal. I’d chalk it up to this being someone whose mind might be ahead of his musical talent…he’s also a little pretentious. But, hey, in a week of demo reviews with very few rap songs, I was just glad to hear a voice at all. Even one as lilly white as this one.

Production:3 out of 10

Vocals:3 out of 10

Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Plays with squirrels
Song: In a world of walnuts


I don’t smoke enough weed or frolic in fields nearly enough for this kinda jam to be interesting to me. That said, it’s great background music. I could see two very boring people fucking to it in a grass field as dusk. That said, it’s very mellow and I’m sure it would make for a good listen in very particular situations. I also like how it ends. A music critic would call it “ethereal”.
Production: 4.5 out of 10

Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10

Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Hanabii
Song:Carpe Diem


File this under: Perfectly fine electronic instrumental tracks. This is pretty and very inoffensive. I’m sure if i were on heroin, this would hit the spot. But, i dunno…it just doesn’t go anywhere. It’s got changes and it’s evolving the whole time but it never ends up anywhere. I think this is a common gripe i have with lost of instrumental tracks that I receive. They seem a little aimless. Still, this wasn’t bad.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

So, which demo do YOU like the most? Get your vote on, brah.

2 thoughts on “Demo reviews Vol. 18

  1. Magoo and Wax came with it to me, very nice stuff. I’m a sucker for the soulful dream scape sound…(don’t know if thats the official name), as long as its not so drony that it sounds like its drowning, pretty skilled set this time

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