Demo Reviews Vol. 34


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Back once again with a new batch of demos to review.
This is that thing where readers send me their demo’s to review, with full knowledge that I’m most likely gonna not like it very much. Admittedly, i’m a tough critic and I’m , in general, “over it” so take it all with a grain of salt. If you’re curious about sending me a demo to review, I’m afraid now is not the time. When that time comes, I’ll be sure to announce it on all my social networks. Trust me, you’ll be the first to know. But, for now, don’t send me anything.
This is a curious bunch. First of all, a bunch of similar artist names pop up. Dunno if it’s a trend or just kismet. Secondly, remember a few weeks ago where we had a bunch of good submissions? I thought that might be a trend forming but I was sadly mistaken. This batch is not for the faint of heart. Not so much just bad as more just really unpolished. I dunno…maybe it’s me. You be the judge.
As for the reviews themselves, I do a brief write up then rate the songs from 1-10 in these categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

I can’t stress enough how little these number ratings mean but I know they make things easier to grasp.
Anyway, let’s get into it…
Artist: Brotherhood of Machines
Song: Dead dog dead spartan


This is a nice little atmospheric jam. It builds slowly but once it gets going , it certainly had a pleasant mood to it. It’s almost too low key in that there wasn’t anything keeping me around for when it finally does pick up steam. I think, with demos, you gotta have something that attracts the listener immediately. Otherwise, people tend to miss out on the good parts cause they hear the first 20 seconds and then skip it. That said, this was cool, it just lacked anything that grabs you off the bat.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Minger on Machines
Song: Dirty Window


(Take note, this is the second artist this week with the word “Machines” in their name)
This really isn’t my bag. Heavy synths that don’t really take me anywhere till the very ending. I’m sure the drums were made that way on purpose but, unless the point of this song was to be understated, it needs more from a percussive perspective. I dunno…songs like this just seem like knob twisting nerdery (that sounds way worse that I mean it to be). something I probably couldn’t do but also something I would never want to do (or listen to). I’m simply not the target audience for this. It would work as a horror movie score though.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Earl Maverick
Song:Monar


This is painfully amateur on so many levels. The recording levels, the terrible drums, the mix, the bland classical music samples. It’s just an overall production that is so far from being ready, I’d say it may be time to stay in the lab for a year or two and just figure out the mechanics of how to make a proper song. That said, the rapper actually sounded decent and could possibly be good…it’s hard to tell cause he was mixed to badly but it sounded like something was there. My advice would be to get a new producer and an engineer and focus on writing raps.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Chucky T
song: Shaolin ish


This was written in the description: “kind of sloppy but i recorded it and shadowed it in one try so fuck it
1st try or die”
Well, yeah. That about explains it. It’s too bad they were in such a rush cause there is potential here. The beat is utterly forgettable but works as a bland template for a rapper to rhyme over. The rapper is kinda decent but the recording sucks and the doubling of the vocals is mad annoying. Leave the vocal doubling to Tupac and, instead, maybe just work on getting one really good take. It definitely falls off the rails as it goes into his non-written shit…I dunno. I’m a guy who is as lazy as can be but if you’re gonna make music and present it to people, take a little pride in it. At least try to sound like you care.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Fixed error
Song: Twisted Logic


This is some quirky sounding video game music. It’s like a more enjoyable version of that “Minger on machines” demo from earlier. While this is also not my bag, i definitely thought the producer was polished and had an interesting vision for his music. For what it is, I’m not mad at it.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals: n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: MC Facepalm
Song: Power walk with agro crag


Jesus christ dude…typically, I get excited when i see Bandcamp links cause they’re often of higher quality. I have no clue what’s going on here. Either this dude is like electro wesley willis or he’s just reallllllly terrible.

I feel like I’m hearing a joke i don’t get. Yeah, that what this is…and inside joke i don’t get. I’m sure plenty of you will vote for this as a joke but, come on guys…you’re better than that.
Production: 3 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Josip on deck
Song:Temple of Hours


While I loathe beats like this (synthetic string sounds like this are the bane of my existence) this kinda works. The rapper is solid and the trap-ish beat is decent enough. I’d say they need some better mixing (the bleep sound that comes in is WAY too loud) but considering how much this really could have sucked, this is okay. I’d say mostly that’s due to the rapper simply having a nice presence on the mike , even though his lyrics are totally forgettable.

Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist:Young Machines
Song:Ghost in the machine Feat. Dr. Montlebon


THIRD ARTIST WITH THE MORE “MACHINES” IN THE TITLE THIS WEEK! Wow. Might be time to stop using that word in your name, guys. Who knew?
Anyway, this is some mellow rockish synth shit. Kinda sounds like a dude doing simple vocal warm ups over a trip hop beat. At best, It’s non-offensive background music for a heroin addict. in fact, i could see it being THE JAM, in that sense. But, to my non-herioned out ears, it just kinda mellow and meandering. not bad but also not compelling at all.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Ridic Feat Kool G Rap
Song:Always in my Prime


So, I’m assuming this dude bought a Kool G rap verse?
He’s highly average , if not slightly below average, on every level. The beat is listenable but also not spectacular. Here’s an amateur move: When you do a song with a rapper who is more known than you, if you rap about him in your verse, it’s corny. It’s outward geeking. Not a good look and something lots of young rappers do when on tracks with their idols, understandably.
As for G rap’s verse…he’s my all time favorite but it’s kind of a snoozefest. I didn’t expect much more as this is most likely him selling some fan a throwaway verse.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:2 out of 10

Artist:A-sea
Song:Me,my drums and you


This sounds vaguely familiar…have I reviewed this before?
Anyway, it is what it is. She’s decent. The beat is decent. There isn’t much setting it apart from more rap mellow weed rap. It’s certainly not bad but , when I hear stuff like this, I always wonder who’s bumping it. Like who, with all the music on earth at their disposal is pick this to listen to? Not really a knock on this specifically as I think that all the time about most average music.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

What do you think?

7 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 34

  1. not that we’ll really ever know and it probably varies a lot, but what is your best guess for how much it would cost to get a verse from a Kool G caliber MC on an unknown/or lesser known (e.g. not The Neptunes or someone like this) producers track? is it under $1k, or more like $5-10k? I have no idea, but totally curious.

  2. Buddy of mine is a rapper down in Atlanta (raised in Queens, NY). He got in touch with Copywrite about 3 years ago to get a guest verse from him; Copy offered a verse and a beat for $1k. Not bad for a combo package I guess.

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