Demo Reviews Vol. 24


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Whattup.
It’s been two weeks so it’s once again time for me to bring out the demo reviews. These are demos sent in by readers for me to put under a microscope and judge. That’s how this works. I’m am not currently accepting submissions so please don’t send me any. a few of you have been over the last few weeks and I didn’t even open the emails. When it’s time for more submissions, you will be notified. Until then, I got enough to last me another month or so.
Anyway, the review work like so: I do a brief write up on my thoughts on the song then rate the song in these categories from 1-10
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the bottom. It’s crucial , as the winner of every week wins the huge prize of not being the worst demo of that week.
This weeks batch is actually pretty decent. In particular, the rap songs. I’m as shocked as you are. Let’s get into it…

artist:Rodrigo Sena
Song:Pocket Summer


You know those cd’s they sometimes give have in boutique hotel rooms full of electronic music? This sounds like it should be on one of those. It’s well done and put together nicely but it still sounds like music I’d hear while eating sushi. Which is not exactly a diss cause my music sure as hell gets played in sushi restaurants.
This isn’t really my bag but I’m not mad at it. In particular , I thought the drum sounds were better than song slike this typically have, so that’s a plus.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Playboy Smooth
Song:Ideas


Before even listening to the music…the name. There’s a rapper named “Young Thug”. This name rivals that for least creative moniker ever. But that’s neither here nor there…let’s listen to the music.
Good drums sounds and the synth sound is tight too. But this just sounds like a one note beat that goes into a break that doesn’t exactly match up that great with the initial part then goes into a third part that also doesn’t match up that well. Basically , it’s three separate beats played off as “changes” in the song. I’m not mad at any part but, as a whole, I dunno if it makes sense.
Production:
4.5 out 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:DC King of Hearts
Song:GCS


This is one of those demos that is almost dope. The rapper is decent (definitely showing signs of someone who could be very good) but the beat is so lo-fi and cheap sounding it kinda sets everything back. I even like the samples but the mixing and drums just suck. If this was refined, it would be pretty dope.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
5.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Butter Pretzels
Song:Beer


This is a known loop, right? I know I’ve heard it before. so, with that, I’d like to stress to all people who submit, I don’t want your mixtape joints over other peoples beats. I want all original shit.
As for the song, the beat is already suspect (though the loops are surely dope). The first rapper is cool. Lighthearted shit. The rapper seems comfortable and confident. Kinda reminds me of Ugly Duckling. Which is not what your average white rapper wants to hear but, hey , it is what it is.

The second rapper is kinda like the jokey white Casual. I like his voice.
Overall, this song is , against all odds, pretty enjoyable.
Production:
Somewhere between a 1 and 4.5 (depending on if they actually made this ebat or not)
Vocals:
5.5 out of 10
Listenability:
6 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist:Suddle
Song:Stellar

https://soundcloud.com/suddlenuance/suddle-stellar-wip
Shout out to this dude for not allowing people to embed his song. Get it together, bro.
This beat is dope. Straight up. It’s solid all around.It’s got a 90’s vibe to it but without sounding like it’s pandering to that era. Cool, subtle layers and changes. Definitely one of the best rap beats I’ve ever gotten.
The rapping is okay. He’s 100% capable and has a nice presence. While he doesn’t exactly set himself apart from most other decent rappers, if all his beats are like this, it won’t matter.
Production:
7 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Jermsicle
Song:LOUD


Have I gotten this demo before? Or do I just get one like it every week? Only the beholder knows. This my weekly “bad synth sound coupled with bad drums sounds an added bonus of a strange ear for non-harmonious instruments” Submission. It wouldn’t be a demo review without at least one!
Production:
2 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:SMRT
Song: Sleepwalking


This beat is some Enya trap shit. It’s interesting. Definitely would probably sound good if I were on heroin. The drums are a little quiet but, otherwise, no complaints.
The rapper is almost dope. He’s still a little uncomfortable on the mike but has moments of fluidity that show he’s almost there. It’s definitely one of those stream of consciousness type flows…Almost Das Racist-esque.
Production:
5 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Outer Demons
Song: Darkanova Starlines


This half works and half is a complete disaster. But, more than anything, WHY? Why take one of the most famous loops of all time and add live instruments to it? That song exists already and it’s by Isaac Hayes. This just seems like it didn’t need to be made. If you have the musical skill and the instruments, don’t waste your time with shit like this. It’s not moving anybody forward.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Sankofa
Song:21 choices


This is fine. Nothing special, not terrible. The beat is kinda boring but well made. The rapping is okay. I don’t love the voice and flow but the lyrics are solid. It reads to me as a dude who’s been doing it for a while and found his lane. Not a naturally skilled rapper but hard work has got him to this point.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Crispus Attacks
Song: George W. bush sets sail for the grey heavens


That feedback-y sound in the beginning sounds like a bird being slowly murdered. Depending on what you’re into, that could make or break this song for you. I’m not much into bird murder sounds so I dunno if this is really my cup of tea. This is slow and abrasive. It does change quite a bit and some of the changes are better than others. I feel as if some of you will like this more than I do cause it is well executed. Which is good. But, personally, I’ll pass.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Which demo do you like the most?

16 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 24

  1. Thanks diggity dawg, I appreciate the words of wisdom, I bet you’ll be able to tell me apart from most decent rappers next time you hear my name, much respect.

  2. 70% of that Suddle beat sounds insanely familiar. I can’t place it right now, but that sample in the beginning, that continues through out, and maybe even the drums, have been used by someone pretty established already.

  3. Totally agree about the weak drum sounds on the DC song, but I gave it the nod for potential. The Butter Pretzels had good rapping but that loop for 4 straight minutes is pretty abrasive, was surprised to see you give it a 6 in listenability.

  4. Only had time to listen to one GCS. While I don’t disagree with you that the refinement could take the song to another level, I kind of appreciate the roughness of it.

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