Hello. Welcome to that thing where you send me demos and I tell you what I think. I had a few people complain to me last time I did these for being too harsh of a critic. To those people, I will remind you that I’m very honest about my expectations for these demos and anyone sending me their demo should be well aware there is a 90% chance they will not be hearing a positive review. That said, I try to be fair and honest. It’s not my fault that demos, in general, kinda suck. It’s the nature of the beast yall!
Anyway, to people asking when they can submit demos, it will be soon. I’ll probably open up the floodgates sometime in the next two weeks. Please don’t submit before then. If you do, I will ignore them. Keep an eye out for my announcement on all my social networks.
Okay, slight format change this week. So I was about 3/4’s done with writing these reviews out when something happened and I lost the entire entry. Needless to say, I’m pretty annoyed cause , no offense, it’s not like listening to most of these demo’s is a great joy. Because of this, I’ll be writing all of this weeks reviews in Bullet points with no number ratings. Just to be concise. My apologies to the people I’m reviewing this week if you feel short changed but there’s simply no way I’m rewriting all the shit I just wrote. Also, my number ratings are bullshit anyway…so that shouldn’t be a big deal.
Artist: Kid Squid
1)Kept waiting for more drums to drop
2)Cool sounds that fit the mood.
3)Although it is nuanced, It goes nowhere.
4)Sounds like music that would be perfect for the background of a cinemax movie , during a scene where two people are breaking into a safe, right before they have sex in said safe.
Artist: Juicy Karkass
Song: Viking Song
1)Viking rap…who knew?
2)The beat has good elements but it’s also pretty amateurish.
3)Sounds like something a wacky student might rap in front of his high school class while studying vikings.
4)Not much desire to hear it again but I do give credit for it being weird.
5)He’s no Sir Jarlsberg when it comes to pulling off raps as a man from a different era.
Song: Royal Flush
1) This sounds like a late 90’s/early 2000’s indie rap record. Like Literally like it. So much so that i think someone is fucking with me.
2)seriously, this was not recorded in the last 10 years, right?
3)Regardless the beat is like a second rate primo track but still listenable.
4)the rapper is perfectly fine but, ultimately, sounds like endless other rappers who put out 12” records in the indie rap hey day.
Song: Manipulated Dreams
1)Sounds like “Respiration”. Not that he sampled the same thing, just a similar vibe.
2)It could use a rapper on it as it doesn’t change enough to really be a song.
3)The end part is really good. I like the switch up.
4)A little more tinkering and additional parts and this would be stellar.
Artist: Blast Famous
Song: Famous Grande
1)Two parody tracks in one week! Lucky me!
2)It works cause both guys are capable rappers. That’s crucial when making rap parody.
3)It’s like a mix between “Fast life” By Nas and Az, Camp lo and Roc Marciano but way less good than all those things.
4)Pretty enjoyable , even if it does lack replay value.
Artist: The Tom Bombadil
Song:My aquarium lives…
1)If this is all samples, it’s kinda bullshit cause it’s clearly just someone looping different parts of the same song.
2)If this is something that was composed and played by the artist, it’s far more impressive. even though it sounds like a kenny G backing track at times.
3)The drums are pretty bad. considering the lush instrumentation ,some heavier drums would help this track out immensely.
Artist: Gold Metal
Song: Mosquito Spray
1)Not my cup of tea, genre wise.
2)Sounds like a mix of “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock, “Was dog a doughnut” By Cat Stevens and a really shitty synth.
3)It goes from danceable to kinda emo pool hall music. Don’t know who it’s aimed at.
4)I’ve made my share of sad yet danceable music but , due to the synth based nature, I feel like it lacks the emotion to carry both parts equally. Some tinkering would help make these two moods connect better.
Artist: A Crystal Shard
Song: Inside outside (Feat. Average G)
2)I like the rapper at points. He has a few rough parts though. Not off beat or anything, just lazy.
3)I can’t help but think the blending of genre’s like this has not only been done to death but it’s kinda corny.
4)Still, well executed for what it is. I could see this being huge in Amsterdam.
Artist: Cornelius The Third
Song:Big Bad Wolf
1)Even though he’s got issues, I kinda like the rapper. He’s got a cool personality and voice, as flawed as he may be technically.
2)The beat and how it’s mixed is pretty sloppy.
3)Very demo-ish…but I suppose why we’re here, right?
4)This dude could be REALLY good with some refining and better beats. Scum bag rapz done well.
Song: 128 feat. Abraham Dankin
1)I like the beat. Dope loops. Great vibe.
2)The drums are a little weak but it may just be the mix.
3)The vocals are mixed too low. That makes me feel like the rappers are super forgettable but, honestly, it may just be the mix. It makes them sound weaker than they are.
4)Well put together song, mixing issues aside.