Demo reviews vol. 33

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Whattup everyone,
I’m back again with more demo reviews. As your man Vanilla Ice once said “Will it ever stop? I don’t know”. They keep coming. I keep listening.
To all those who are trying to submit, hold off on that. i have enough in the chamber to review for the next few entries. When I need more demo’s I’ll let you know. A few people have sent me demos this week and, if you did, just know I didn’t even open the emails. Rules. They exist for a reason, my friends.
Anyway, the reviews work like so: People willingly send me their music to critique. I write a brief review and then rate it from 1-10 in these categories:

The ratings are arbitrary and rarely anyone will get over a 5/10 so, you know, take that for what it is.
Enough babbling…here’s this weeks crop.

Artist: Shaggy Rogers
Song: Intent

The beat has a real, late 90’s jazzy vibe to it but it’s a little dissonant for my taste. If you’re gonna be jazzy, part of that is the beat being melodic.
The rapping is decent but also sounds like it’s from the late 90’s. Kinda camp-lo-ish in the voice.

The dude has decent presence but it nothing we haven’t heard before a decade ago.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Oso Negro

This rapper reminds me of lots of rappers from when I used to be rapping, myself included, in that he seemingly has a lot to say and can write well but the flow and voice simply aren’t there. The voice is what it is but the flow is slightly chopping and there’s no fluidity to how he rides the beat.
Speaking on the beat, it’s there. That’s about all I can say about it. It’s back ground noise that is neither offensive or memorable.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out 10

Artist: Big cats
Song: one

I like the production. It builds nicely and the layering is well done. To be honest, even though the singing is fine, it doesn’t seem necessary. In fact, that might be a vocal sample and I just don’t know it. Either way, for some reason, when you add that kind of singing to a chill out, jazzy track like this, it makes it cornier to me. Like it was made for hotel lobbies. A vocal sample from different era would sound so much better.
But, that aside, this was good.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song:No time

This is my fault. It’s been a while since someone sent me just a plain old beat with a few subtle changes and tried to pass it off as a “song”. I haven’t been warning against it lately so I’ll take the blame. But, to this guy, this isn’t a song. It’s a beat. It’s okay as that. Not great (the drums sound kinda amateurish) but , had a good rapper been on it, it would be fine. I need more. So, to all future submitters, don’t send me shit like this. I want a fully realized song or nothing.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Song:Old Time

This track has some cool elements but it sounds like the producer is fairly new to making beats (or he hasn’t gotten the hang of percussion yet). If anything, this shows some potential. He’s got an interesting ear but this needs a whole lot of refinement before it’s ready for prime time.
Also, that keyboard sound, in all it’s different forms, becomes overwhelming. Seizure music.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Sean and the Gatos
Song:The cruelest Dance

Oh…okay. A rock song. As i do whenever someone sends me one of these, I must remind you that this is not my bag. I don’t feel I have the background in this kind of music (both as a fan and as someone who creates it) to really give it a good review. That said, this sounds perfectly fine to me. I’m not mad at it at all. In fact, I’d say, thus far it’s one of the most listenable things I’ve gotten this week. So, props for that guys.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:No clue

Artist:Hop Box
Song: Sitar Hero

I think most producers who sample have that sitar moment. I sure as hell have. It’s an awesome sounding instrument that’s really fun to sample. The problem with it is you have to use it sparingly or else everything begins to sound the same. Or worse, like that Punjabi Mc song…even though that song doesn’t even have a sitar on it.

This dude does some nice chopping of the sitar. I’d say it’s more technically impressive than it is actually fun to listen to. So, dude’s got skills for sure. I just don’t wanna hear 3 minutes of sitar beats.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Edamame
Song:Taste of my

From the first note I knew where this one was going. And where is that, you may ask? It’s going to be played quietly in the background at japanese restaurants everywhere. This is sooooo that kinda music. There’s something about the way some producers use the rhodes that just screams “Eat edamame to me!” which is extra fitting, considering this dudes name. So, in a way, maybe this was the plan all along.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Dutchmaster
song:Smoking weed with my friends

I like the beat. It’s nothing crazy but it’s got a cool vibe to it. The rapping I’m split on. The voice is too affected for my taste but he can rap well. I dunno, he sounds too concerned with the swag of it all. The lyrics are pretty whatever but he delivers them convincingly. Overall, it’s a pretty listenable song though. Honestly, considering the title and the rappers name, I’m just happy this isn’t a song about smoking weed.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Mc Dark Kloud & White flash the fresh one
song: Danny Glover

I was all ready to shit all over the rappers names cause, seriously, they are the worst ever. But, upon listening to it, I realized that this just isn’t that serious. They’re kidding, right? Or this was recorded in the late 80’s?
If not, My apologies.
The beat is bad, mixed poorly and barely has a noticeable musical element to it. The rapping is EXTREMELY dated and awkward. To me , it just sounds like something two bored friends made, which is fine, but they probably should be playing this for anyone else.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:1 out of 10

So, what do you think?

7 thoughts on “Demo reviews vol. 33

  1. Question:

    As you get ready to hit the road again, thoughts turn to longevity. For years I’ve argued that of the 90’s golden era bands, OUTKAST is the hands down most consistently prolific hip hop group ever. I base this the number of records VS smash singles VS consistent end to end vision on each album and overall tend setting impact.
    Let’s not discount the runners up, THE ROOTS. It’s also clutch not forget THE WU TANG as well.
    Pretty though call but that’s me.
    How would you weigh in?
    1st, 2nd, 3rd

  2. I remember, from what I think was the last time you had your submissions open, you had a “mystery friend” leave you a “demo”. Did I miss that review or has it still not come up?

    • Oh, I don’t know what ever happened to that. It wasn’t a mystery friend in the sense that it was a friend who does music. It was a person I knew outside of music who submitted anonymously.

  3. Either this an especially bad batch or I don’t know. But the mc dark cloud guys were my fav haha

    It didn’t make me want to skip like the others or cringe

    I’m sorry

    I will punch my own nuts now

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