Demo Reviews Vol. 22


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Oh boy! More demos!
yup, it’s that time again. you sent me your demos and I told you I’d review them. Well, I’m a man of my word. This is a wacky bunch this week. Including a few pretty decent demos, a rock song and something that I hope was sent to me by mistake.
If you’re a person reading this , wondering if and how you can send me a demo to review, I’m afraid I have bad news for you, bro. I’m not accepting submissions for the time being. I got a decent amount still piled up that I have to get through before I can do that. So, hold your head. It still baffles me that anyone would want me to review their demos at this point but, hey, do you. When the time comes, I’ll let you know.
Anyway, the reviews are done like so:
I do a little write up on them and then rate them on a scale of 1-10 in the following categories:
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

That’s about it…let’s get it started.

Artist: Metropolis
Song: Narcotic emissions


These “wall of noise” beats are typically not my thing. It seemed headed into one direction then flipped into something that sounds like sirens over drums that had no musical relation to the opening sequence (which was the best part). Big flip ups are fine but they have to, in some way, connect. This didn’t do that.
Production:
 3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
N/a
Listenability:
2.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Socrates
Song: Love Lost


This was a pretty creative way to use the “scratching a sample” effect(That’s all I can think to call it…it’s really just someone fucking with a fader). It all layers well and the song keeps evolving nicely. My only critique would be to drop out the scratching out a tiny bit earlier. But this is pretty solid all around.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Paradox & Sean p
Song: Last time


This is one of those rap song’s that is far from bad but not something that interests me personally. The beat is cool. The rapping is fine (maybe even above average). But, i dunno…this type of song and rapping has been done endlessly at this point (it’s got a very early rhymesayers-ish vibe to it). So, I can definitely see people digging this but it’s just not grabbing me.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Space age hippie
Song: 24K


This beat is pretty dope. I woulda wanted some harder drums but the loops are catchy and it’s got enough changes throughout that it stays interesting. The raps , while nothing special on any level, are kinda fun. It’s a situation where the whole of the song is better than it’s parts.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
6 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:The Young Maths
Song:Errorrs


Oh wow…the rare rock song submission! Well..shit. I don’t know what to do with this. This is way out of my wheelhouse of what I enjoy or would ever listen to. It’s cool? I have no idea. People who send me stuff like this gotta understand, I simply have no frame of reference for this kinda shit. I mean, I know I don’t like it but it’s not really fair for me to grade this review stuff. It would be like a vegan reviewing roast beef. So, rock guys, don’t feel dissuaded by this review. I’m simply not your audience.
Production:
N/A
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
2 out 10
Originality:N/A

Artist:IG88
Song: Whatever’s in the way


This sounds like what happens when you mix Frank Ocean and Copywrite. It’s pretty bizarre. The beat is one of those that would never stand alone but it makes sense in the context of the song. The rapper/singer isn’t bad. He’s got a better rap style than he does singing style. But his voice (from both a rapping and singing perspective) is fairly strong. I feel like girls will like this. Which is a good thing for any artist hoping to have a career.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Sour Patch
Song: Sour Lemon


WAT?!?!?! Come on , bro. Don’t be an asshole.
Production:
1 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
-7 out of 10
Originality:N/A

Artist:Stipylobo
Song: Roots


*sigh* There is nothing wrong with this song. It’s perfectly palatable and inoffensive but it also doesn’t really need to exist either. I could pick apart nuances of ths but it’s not really about that. This is that middling kinda instrumental music whose purpose i just can’t really wrap my head around. Like I said, it’s not bad or offensive…i just wonder who is gonna sit around and listen to it and under what circumstances. I’m not trying to be a dick either. I think the majority of instrumental music fits under that umbrella. This is like the musical equivalent to a microwave Macaroni and cheese TV dinner. I’ll eat that shit if I have to but I’d rather not.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
3.5 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist: Simple Devin
Song:Serious angels 2


This is pretty much exactly like the song above but worse. Is there a drug that exists that this kinda music is tailored towards? There has to be cause so many people make stuff like this. On the critical tip, the instrument and drum sounds are pretty low budget. i think some people think that if you put a vocal sample on something it gives it depth and importance when, really, you’re just putting a dude talking over a very mediocre backing track.
Production:
2.5 out 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
2.5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist:The Bins
Song: Hold on


This is very well made. After a week of submissions of some fairly low quality bedroom recordings, this one seems professionally mixed. The vocal samples are really dope. The transitions are all really smooth. Beyond all the technical aspect, this is a successful feel good song. While that can also be seen as being a little corny, pulling that off is no small feat. Definitely feels like an Avalances song.
Production:
6.5 out 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
6 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Now, Tell me what you think:

14 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 22

      • dude the sour lemon shits kinda dope, cause i can tell that this guy can most likely make dope shit but he was just fuckin around tryin to take the whole seriousness of sending a beat to a pro producer to review. Diggin the beatles sample too. -7 is waaaayyyy to high though. I’d give it like a 1.45 out of the √69

      • I mean, clearly dude was fucking around. Looking back, I shoulda just given him all 10/10’s just to see how mad people would get.
        But there is nothing about that track that would leave me to believe he could make anything good though.

  1. Hey man SoCrates here, glad to see you finally got my submission. I remember I met you in Houston a few years back when big wiz was with you and you listened to a few of my tracks before the show through headphones and you were real cool about it and it’s nice that you still fairly enjoyed my beat now that it was completely anonymous and you could be honest about it. This is real cool that you take the time to do this for your fans man.

  2. Shout out to The Bins for making a great upbeat song that isn’t sickening sweet. Definitely want to check more out.

    • If you sent it when i asked, I didn’t refuse anything. But, rest assured, I got 100 plus submissions and I’m still sitting on like over 50.
      also, there were a few I was gonna review this week that had seemingly been taken down as the links were no longer good.

      • The two links that didn’t work were soundcloud…but, if you didn’t take it down then it should be fine. It’s probably still in the queue.

  3. Since you mentioned them, what do you think of The Avalanches, Block? Since I Left You is what really got me into music and it’s still gotta be my favorite album ever.

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