Demo Reviews Vol. 19


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Yo yo! A new edition of Demo Reviews! I’m up in europe writing these reviews so perhaps, this week comes to you with a subtle touch of class that the column normally might be missing.
In case you’re unaware of what this is, I have people who read this blog send me their demos and I give them honest reviews. Keep in kind, no ones arm was twisted, They wanted my feedback.
So, because of that, no butthurtedness allowed. By now people should know that , in general, i’m not easily impressed/have very particular taste so, if I give you a five out of 10, That’s actually not that bad.
I do brief write ups of the tracks and then rate them on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

And for those curious, I’m not accepting demo submissions at the moment. I have enough to last me well into the summer so please don’t send me any. When i need them, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, let’s check out this weeks batch of tracks, shall we?
Artist:MEDL4
song:Zodiac


This sounds like a good album intro track. Like this would set it off nicely. The sample layering well done. My only issue is that the drums don’t match the intensity of the rest of the beat. It would be way more effective with some booming break or heavy low end behind it.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: D.C.
Song: Damn


This would have been really dope in like 98. The beat is a nice chopped jazzy loop and the rapping is solid for sure but it’s something that’s been done many times. The rapper actually reminds me of a more skilled version of someone who would be in “The arsonists”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsEcac4jsQY
That said, it’s certainly very listenable and it’s got a nice mood to it. It’s nothing if not inoffensive.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
5.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Muenster
Song:Epicenter


Trying to figure out this dudes accent. i don’t think he’s european and he’s definitely speaking english but i barely understand most of the words he’s saying. His voice is actually decent. Just needs to maybe tone the vocal inflection down a little so some clarity can be attained. The beat is fine. Not great but also not bad. Also, I’d change the rap name if I were him cause no one takes european cheese sounding names seriously. It sounds more like a name that a trance dj would have.
Production:
4 out 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Skeleton Zoo
Song: Devil’s Lettuce


The devil’s lettuce is weed, right? Totally brooooooooo. This is is actually pretty cool and interesting. It’s got a zaniness to it that i can definitely appreciate. It’s like a deranged circus. In fact, I kinda like this one. It’s rare i get something that I’d consider “original” but this is certainly that (at least to me)
Production:
6 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
6 out of 10
Originality:6.5 out of 10

Artist: ZeRO
song:Scenery Minipulation


From the jump, I can tell by the drums that there is a certain level of amateurishness to this. They just sound like stock sounds and my advice to budding producers would be to figure out your drums first. They’re the backbone of everything. i sure as hell wish I had done that cause then i wouldn’t cringe at some of the shitty snares i used in my older music. Aside from the drums, this is pretty run of the mill atmospheric background music. Not terrible but i don’t really understand the purpose of stuff like this sometimes.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Venson Dix
Song: Bics for swords


This falls into a category that a lot of the rap I get does. It’s not bad but nothing at all special. Dude is a decent rapper but nothing separates him from 90% of dudes at open mikes or kicking shit in cyphers. I don’t really have an opinion on the beat.It’s one of those tracks that is as good as the rapper on it. So, in a sense, that’s not a bad thing I suppose.
Production:4 out of 10

Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Tab and Anitek
Song: ToynBee


This is one of those “everything but the kitchen sink” kinda tracks. It’s got beats, singing, rhyming, scratching and live violin (it could be a sample too. I’m not sure)! It’s totally fine. The rapper/singer doesn’t really excel at either but he’s capable enough to not sounds like a novice. It’s a song that you can tell had a lot of thought and idea put into it but it’s just trying to cover too many bases.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
3.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Clive Malone
Song:Skipper Limo Man


At first i thought this was possibly the worst mixed song I’ve ever received but I think that was on purpose, judging from how the song progresses. This is pretty cool. Definitely hear a strong Prefuse 73 influence. It’s a song that evolves nicely but also doesn’t go anywhere at the same time. Well made, interesting work with chopped sounds. Definitely shows some potential.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Eastlake
Song: Fire alarm


This is kind of a mess. okay, maybe not a mess but it sounds like it was made by someone with the attention span a gnat. This can sometimes work but, in this case, it just seems like it’s jumping from part to part with no rhyme or reason behind it. i’d say it was showboating but that would make it sound like I was insinuating that something impressive was happening. And that, i am not doing.
Production:
2.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
2.3 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: George Peterson
Song: Glaciers Anthem


You know, I’m a man who made comedy rap at some point. It’s not easy to pull it off. In fact, it remains to be seen if I did or not. Anyway, this is kinda comedy rap and it’s pretty bad. On all levels. Bad rapping, bad beat. Not particularly funny. Thing is, i know what’s going on here. These are just some dudes having fun so I can’t really knock them for it. Clearly they’re not taking themselves or process seriously at all. That’s kinda the most fun thing about making music. But still, no one who’s not involved in making this kinda thing ever needs to hear it.
Production:
1.5 out of 10
Vocals:
2 out of 10
Listenability:
2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Which demo is you favorite?!??!?

10 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 19

  1. I like the anitek one. I follow that guy on soundcloud. He’s pretty dope I think. Way better than my shit at least. I actually wasn’t that into most of them today but devils lettuce was cool. Ill check that guy out later on. Nice blog post man!

      • I push buttons on a MIDI controller….time to do some soul searching I guess.

        hey by the way thanks for the review…you might hear this a lot but your music was a major influence on me and was kinda the main reason i started making beats. so I guess it was cool to see you listened to my shit at all. and I guess you kinda liked it? nice. anyway.

      • Trust me dude, you demo was one of the better reviewed songs in the history of demo reviews. anything over a 6/10 should be taken as high compliment.

    • I agree. Zodiac has some potential to do something amazing. I’d like to hear some of his stuff with an MC on it.

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