Demo Reviews Vol. 25


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Well, It’s once again time for my bi-weekly ritual of listening to demos sent in my readers and giving my thoughts on them. I’m not even gonna lie to you..this weeks batch is pretty half assed. Usually there is at least one shining star per week but, not so much with this collection. I don’t know..maybe I’m just not in the mood to listen to these things today or they’re actually as painfully mediocre as I think they are. You tell me. If I’m being to harsh, I’d like to know.
Also, you people keep sending me demos. STOP THAT. i’m not accepting submissions. When I am, you’ll be the first to know. I’ll announce it and everything. If you’ve sent me a submission over the last few weeks, know that it as ignored. Sorry but thems the rules dudez.
Reviews are done like so:
A write up of my thoughts then I rate the songs in these categories from 1-10:
Production:

Vocals:
Listenability:
Originality:

Okay, so let’s get into this weeks crap. Lemme know if I’m off base or if these actually are as lame a haul as i think they are.

Artist: Andro Beat Feat. Ricky Pharoe
Song: Dopamine Highway


I could swear this person has submitted before. Too lazy to prove it but, if that’s the case, stop doing that.
Anyway, this is hit and miss. On the hit side, the rapper is good. Sounds like a Living legends kinda dude. Pretty refined, style wise. On the Miss side, his vocals are mixed terribly so it kinda overrides the the good. This beat is…eh. I don’t like it. It’s not terrible but it just doesn’t really bring much to the table. The drums sound like some “Art of noise” mid 80’s shit but that may be on purpose. The bass riff is decent but that’s the only redeeming part of the whole beat to me and it gets buried the second the drums drop in.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
5 5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10.
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Kuley
Song: We are the change


This guy can certainly rap. Nowadays, doing double-time rapping is way less impressive than it once was but still, I gotta give credit where credit is due. Even if the inflections are very eminem-ish. That said, this song also shows a different kinda of “White voice”. Normally, “white voice” refers to a more nasal , whiny voice. But, this type of white voice is a little less common. It’s got a Kermit the frog aspect to it. In my opinion, it’s far less annoying than the other type but still something I don’t love.
As for the beat, It’s fine. Doesn’t stand out but it also doesn’t hurt the over all song.
I will say that the chorus and the verses don’t really make sense in how they relate too one another but, hey, he’s not the first or last rapper to do that.
Production:
 4 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Convotronics
Song:Concentrate


This is a tough one to review cause it’s technically totally good. I think my problem is that it’s a type of song that’s been done a billion times. Hyped up beat, hype chorus and a bunch of rappers “Going in”. The issue is that neither the beat or the rappers are interesting. They can rap just fine and the beat isn’t bad…but what compels a person to wanna hear this kinda thing when there are plenty of others song exactly like this only done better? But, yeah, it’s definitely not bad. The movie clip sampling on the verses gets a little tiresome though.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist: Autarkeia
song: Don’t let your avante-garde down

This is barely a song. I mean that in the sense of it’s got like 2 or 3 parts total. Some minor drums changes. Throwing a vocal sample of some dude talking doesn’t magically turn your “beat” into a “song”. The parts are all okay. It’s a typical sad/wistful piano joint that I’d guess most instrumental producers make at least 4 times in their career (I’m certainly guilty as charged!).
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Beatcasso
Song: L_XNR_AI_EE


First off, fuck this song title…Right off the bat, you got me wanting to hate this. Add on that the name is “Beatcasso” and this is an uphill battle.
Now that I’m done with my pre-song judgements…Much like the song above, this isn’t much of a song. It’s got a few parts. and most of the changes don’t happen till the song is almost over. The beat itself is pretty cool. But unless someone is gonna rap or sing on this , it needs much more to carry it as a stand alone piece.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
N/A
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Indywrecks
song: Never walk out on you


I actually got this loop in my files as well. But that’s neither here not there…
What is here, however, is that this is some bullshit. It’s literally a loop. Sure, that vocal comes in…but it’s from the same fucking song. This is not a song! This is barely a beat! Yes, the loop is cool. But a monkey with two tape decks could have made this. What’s going on this week with the lazy producers? Making beats is one things. A “beat” can be anything. A loop. A few sounds. A beat is an unfinished product. A “song” is something different. Please stop sending me beats. I want songs. I’m not your buddy you smoke blunts with and play your beats for against his will. The purpose of this column is to review finished products, not some shit you threw together in 20 minutes (Pretty sure this woulda been made in about 3 minutes and I’m not even being an asshole when I say that).
Production:
2 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:1

Artist: Lame Herc
Song: That’s nothing to brag about


This is just sorta corny. It’s not bad but I feel like this is some emo shit that’s just not in my wheelhouse. That said, there certainly is an audience for this kinda song, I’m just not it. It’s kinda like some Macklamore shit or something. The loop of the beat is cool. The layer is nice. The drums are weak.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Dyllan Capeles
Song: Hell hole


Definitely could trim down that intro a little there, guy. If your movie clip intro goes over 1 minute, it’s time to cut it in half.
This beat is not my shit. I just don’t like these types of beats. Synthy “dark” shit that don’t really carry any sort of mood besides “dark”.
The rappers are okay. The first guy is a good voice away from being decent. The second guy actually has a good voice but lacks some of the skill. The third guy sounds like Canibus on a relaxed day.
I dunno…When i hear, moody, angry rap i need it to either be clever , insightful or funny. This was none of the above. It was too serious which makes it kinda sound ridiculous. Like “oh shit, are you really a warlock!?!?”
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Out in the garden
Song: What tomorrow brings


Goddamnit…This started so promising. The sample (or live instruments?) layering was great. It sounded like a perfect song for a movie. Then the drums drop. Ughh…that needs work. That said, every part of the instrumentation on this is excellent. Dope layering from front to back. The beat evolves. The only set back was the drums. They get a little better as it goes but this would be a seriously dope joint if a better break had been used or better drums sounds had been chosen.also, the fuzzed out ending seems unnecessary.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5.5 out 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Seth Asher Greenberg
Song:On the run


This sounds like if the Meters were playing at a country club. Totally non-offensive background music. Like the kind of shit you’d hear in the background of an episode of Matlock during a chase scene. It’s not bad…I just don’t know it’s purpose. Live drums? A lot of how I’m perceiving it has to do with how it’s recorded. it just sounds sorta cheap. Also, the Seinfeld bass sound is a no-go forever and beyond.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10
Well, what do you think?

25 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 25

  1. The fact that you can sit through and actually listen to all of these tedious demos shows extreme dedication to this bi weekly post!

  2. my song is going to totally like blow your mind. Will you post the email to submit tracks to when you start accepting them again?

  3. i should have picked another song. it makes me cringe as well, but i feel like its the most marketable out of all my shit.

  4. That Out in the garden one sounds familiar..It might not be live..Kinda reminds me of that James Brown sample ATCQ used on Lyrics to go..I could be wrong though

    Also Dour Candy Pre-order is happening for all the fans of the Blockhead & Billy Woods.Vinyl is super limited.I heard it’s delayed by a week but it will be worth the wait. Hope you don’t mind me promoting your shit a little Block but I’ve been riding hard for this project for a while and heads should know!!! http://backwoodzstudioz.com/portfolio/store/

    • Not at all.

      and , as far as the Out of the garden joint, I agree. The more I listen to it, the less it seems like. Which is actually pretty cool. Really good sample layering.

    • I’m the guy behind Out in the Garden. It’s all samples, mangled to various extents. Happy to name sources if anyone cares. Also, the drums are my favourite part, but probably only because they’re sampled from a 2 minute drum solo and it was a ton of work to cut that into like 100 little pieces and rearrange. :p

      • Great sample work. My issue with the drums is that they sound kinda flimsy. Too thin. I’ve definitely spent hours chopping up drums clips up so I can relate to why you like them so much but, Considering the soundscape you made, it would have been well suited for something a little heavier. Just my opinion though. Still, I voted for you.

      • I am definitely curious as far as the samples go.Please clue me in. Good work by the way. It does have a live vibe to it which makes the samples all the more impressive.

      • Cheers Block.

        To the other dude; I found two of the tracks I sampled on YouTube:


        There’s about 10 more but I couldn’t find any of them online so I guess it’ll remain my secret foreverrrrrrrrr.

  5. I notice you mention crappy drums sounds a lot. Have you read the pitchfork review on your album where the critic sited you for always having weak drums? And it always being your weak point. Haha.

    Also how would operation doomsday fair here. Ultra lo-fi but a great piece of work in my opinion.

    Also I hate anyone in your comments who mention your spelling and grammar. I hope they get lice

    Also ps I hate pitchfork.

    • Some of the drums on my early shit was wack. Especially the early aesop stuff. But it was also made in the late 90’s. I didn’t have access to amazing drum kit all over the place like people do now. In 2013, there’s no excuse to not have, at least, passably decent drums sounds.

    • He does sometimes…but he’s also REALLY good at making music. Once you pass a point and if you have a certain ear, you can do whatever you want and be successful at it.

      • Yeah. He is probably my favorite producer/rapper/smart guy in music.

        I’m supposed to meet up with amaze 88 when run the jewels comes to Austin and I’m nervous to meet el-p and sound like a fucking retard.

        Almost to the point I’m debating not going haha

  6. the dude rapping on my track is ricky pharoe from a group called art vandalay… phenomenal stuff! it’s the first track i’ve submitted, one of my friends submitted a track that was on my soundcloud ‘cuz i worked on it with him. but yeah, ricky is a dope ass mc. i tried to make a track that was suitable to his talent, but hey, there’s always next time 😉 anyways, thanks for the review!

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