Demo reviews Vol. 21


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Hi everyone. Back again for another round of Demo Reviews. The gift that keeps on giving…and taking.
If you’re new to this part of my blog, this is where readers send in their music for me to review. The point is not for me to shit on their dreams (though that often does happen) but for me to be 100% honest with budding musicians. Like I said, I don’t wanna be an asshole here, just truthful. After all, if you sent me a demo, you’re asking for my opinion. well, you got it!
To those asking about sending demos in, I’m afraid the doors are closed for the time being. I have a lot of submissions left to review so I won’t be taking new ones until this batch is all gone. I’ll definitely alert you when that time comes but , until then, don’t send me anything. If you do, I won’t even open the email.
Anyway, these song are judged as follows: I write a brief review of my thoughts as I listen to the song then grade them on a scale of 1 to 10 in these categories:
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

Just a heads up, if you get a 5 out of 10, that’s actually decent (comparatively). So don’t be too sad. Okay? great. Let’s do this.

Artist:Adam Selene
Song:History of silence


I honestly have no clue what this dude is saying but judging from the delivery, it’s pretty fucking important. It sounds like he has an accent but, more than that, he’s using that “warlock in a rush” rapping style. I dunno. I’ve reached a point where I can’t really tolerate rapping voices that are too affected. Maybe it’s just me. But stuff like this is hard to sit through.
The beat is as basic as it gets. Classical music sample over non-discript drums. Not offensively bad or anything but very run of the mill. It sounds dated too.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
3.5 out of 10
Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Groove Cereal
Song: We could drive all night


This is some stoner shit. By that, I mean it was very likely made by a stoner. I can tell cause the main groove that makes up half the track isn’t even really a groove. It’s a weird sound that, if I was high and heard while making beats, I’d be like “That’s crazy”. Then realize the next day it was just kind of a sound effect that doesn’t work as a center piece of a track. When it eventually does switch up, it’s actually pretty cool. Very mellow. I’d just say to either get to that first switch up earlier or make the first half more interesting. Also, the drum break, while chopped, it’s the substitution break. One of the most used breaks in the history of sampled music.

I think we can stop using that break now.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Jermsicle
Song: Loud


Off the bat, this one is all sorts of pitchy. None of the sounds sound like the should be be playing together. sounds/samples being out of key is probably my biggest peeve ever. That’s a bad look as this is music and things being harmonious tends to be the starting point for most good music (I’m assuming this isn’t a free jazz song). So, yeah…that’s the beginning and end right there.
Production:
2 out of 10
Vocals:
n/A
Listenability:
2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Indigo Kids520
Song: for posterity


Definitely a sample I always wanted to fuck with. I kinda wish they had taken it a little farther than just adding a bass line and some tinny drums. The rapping is fine. It’s not particularly interesting but not bad either. Kinda reminds me of a second rate Living legends song. Fun song though just more of a lost opportunity for something beyond that.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Kev Sez
Song: Jupiter


That is a bugged out beat. Very interesting. Big points for that cause it’s rare i hear a track that doesn’t really sound like anything I’ve heard. The rapper is confident but a little to spoken word-ish for my taste. He’s decent though and I appreciate him trying something different.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist:Alan Olvera
Song:Spike


This kinda sounds like those on of those NBA commercials that’s in slow motion, showing a dude drive the lane mad slowly and then it says “NBA: where magic happens” or something like that. It’s dramatic and serves it’s purpose but it’s nothing really new to my ears. Outside of dramatic slow motion, I don’t really know where music like this plays.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Sm^th
Song:Confetti at the VFW


This builds nicely. The break is awesome too. It’s almost like a song by the Avalanches in how it changes. Nothing major happens most of the time but lots of details are thrown around. Then the big change happens and it seems natural leading into the big closing. Well done.
Production:
6 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
6 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Ephen Stephens
Song: Primate


Quite a departure from the previous song…Different strokes, i suppose.
While I hate these kind of beats (lazy drums and boring synth sounds seemingly just thrown together) I gotta say, the rapping is pretty good. Someone should remix this or something.
Production:
2 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Halp meh!
Song: Conquer.Weak.Defeat.Rejoice.


This beat is kind of a mess. Pick a key and stick with it. It’s not out of tune with itself as much as just meandering aimlessly. Also, the drums are pretty bad as well. The dubstep breakdown isn’t helping anything either. Then again, that’s more of a taste thing with me.
The rapping…it’s white. Very white. I’d go into more detail but “white voice” is easily the most covered topic in “demo reviews”.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
3 out of 10
Listenability:
2.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Piccolo
song: Rest of your life


This is fine. Nice little jazzy groove. Not much happens beyond that though. I dunno if I’d call this a song as it is just some drums, a loop and a few minor additions. Still, it’s okay for what it is. As always, when I hear a track that’s kinda bare but good like this, I can’t help but think how much better it would be with vocals on it.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Now, you tell me what you think…

5 thoughts on “Demo reviews Vol. 21

  1. So you’re saying there’s a chance… Um yeah, that beat sucks cause I made it and (prepare to be shocked) I don’t know what the f#*k I’m doing. I got a fee copy of logic and bought a mpk 25 and after hours of drinking alone and monkey punching. Voila’. Shitty beats to rap to. Thanks for listening. Now I just need to find a competent producer (preferably in the Denver metro area). Thanks for the feed back and the votes.

  2. the jupiter beat is tight but that rapper has no flow. sounds really forced. really fucking love that beat though

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