Demo reviews Vol. 35

It’s time once again for some demo reviews…and guess what else? It’s also time for me to open the flood gates for submissions. That’s right. You guys are always asking when you can submit…well, now is the time. BUT FIRST. You must read these rules. It is crucial to the submission process and will pretty much be a deciding factor as to if you get reviewed or not. So READ THIS PART IF YOU PLAN ON SUBMITTING MUSIC:

1)The header on the email must say “Demo review”
2)If you’ve already submitted, DO NOT submit again. You had your fun now it’s other people’s turn.
3)Send me ONE SONG. Pick your song that is your favorite or the one that best exemplifies your music and shoot it over here. I’m not going to listen to your whole ep.
4)This time around, I’ll only be accepting songs that can be heard via a link. So, no loose mp3′s or myspace pages. I want soundcloud, bandcamp or you can even upload it to an upload site (like, hulkshare ect…) that allows the songs to stream. Basically, the streaming part is crucial. If this is something you cannot do, you probably shouldn’t be sending me music in the first place.
5)Demo MUST contain original production. I don’t want mixtapes of you rapping over other peoples tracks. I want actual songs. I also would ask that you budding producers don’t just send me some random beat you made. I want a finished product. If your shit is called “Untitled beat” I will throw it right in the trash.
6)Don’t send me unfinished beats. If you made a loop with drums, I don’t wanna hear it. This is for finished songs only.
7)It should be noted that I’m a rap guy. I review that best and most confidently. I don’t listen to much electronic music so sending me trap songs and dub step songs will be a waste of your time. I’m not saying you can’t, just be prepared for me to not like them if you do. I just want you to know what you’re getting into.

Okay, so, now that you got that…send them to me at:
I review them as i get them so if you send one in and I don’t review it a few weeks down the line, that just means you’re still in the queue. You don’t need me to email me every week asking when. In fact, please don’t do that. This really isn’t that serious or important for anyone.

Okay, so here’s this weeks bunch. You know how this works. I listen, do a brief write up and then arbitrarily give them rating of 1-10 in these categories:

This is a rap heavy week, so I was happy.
Let’s proceed…

Artist: Political animals
Song:Sensory deception

Hmm…I’m not a huge political rap fan. I only like it when it’s done with the right amount of anger and completely lacking in any hippie-ism. Basically, I like my political rap with a hint of violence.
Meaning I don’t wanna hear about fast food being poison. I know that already. I also don’t really wanna hear conspiracy theories. But that’s just me. So this doesn’t really work for me. The rapper is certainly passionate but I also get the feeling he thinks he sounds deeper than he really is and he yells too much. Also, some of the word play is just falling short to me in the cleverness department. Political thugs talking about hot dogs…I just dunno.
The beat is just kinda there. Not bad or good. Fits the vibe of the song though, so it works on that level for sure.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: R.O.B.
Song: Turn around

This beat has a 80’s R&B vibe to it. Like it was made by the timex social club.

At first I was kinda like “meh” about it but it grew on me.
The rapper is solid for sure. Kinda has a voice like Tyler the Creator if he wasn’t a growling asshole. I’d say my biggest complaint is that, while the song is definitely good, there’s not much separating the rapper or beat from tons of other stuff. Still, decent tune.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Stillborn identity
Song:Walk a mile in my spurs

This guy has one of those weird affected accents that is hard for me to tell if he’s not from the US or if he just talks like that. Regardless, it doesn’t sound natural at all. It’s kinda marble-mouthed.
That aside, the rapping is struggling a little bit, flow wise. The beat has some pretty cool elements. I dunno if it has stand alone qualities but, with the right rapper, it could make for a good song. This rapper ain’t that though.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: One M1nd
song:No shoes

The white voice is strong with this one. I’m pretty sure that rappers like this aren’t really concerned with the concept of presence on the mike…but I am and this is lacking it 100%. Also, when you take that voice and throw in slang terms, it just sounds wrong. A voice like that should be reading a biology text book to a beat (just kidding, no one should ever do that), not talking about his “crib” or “haters”.
It has a definite “guy recording in his bedroom” vibe to it. The beat is a nice loop and some drums. Definitely nothing wrong with it outside of being minimal and having no changes.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

song: Evil Ego’s pt. 1

This beat is pretty interesting. I don’t know if I like it or not but points for originality. The rapper sounds kinda like johnny Depp in “fear and loathing in las vegas” which is actually sorta cool. He’s got elements that are really good but still needs some work. Definitely promising all around but not quite there yet.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Slack Happenings
Song: Sleeping Pills

Well, so much for a week of all rap songs. I got excited for a second there.
This is a chaotic little piece of music. I get where he’s going with the sleep theme as I can relate. Some good sample layering and it certainly evolves as it goes. It feels more like an MF doom skit than a song though. Also, it’s not so much enjoyable to listen to as it is simply well executed. If he can find the middle ground between those two things, it’s all uphill from here.
Production:6 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: prime cut
Song: Good night moon

This is pretty dope, smoked out shit. Definitely heavily influenced but the L.A. beat scene. The only down side is that it’s basically two parts and I dunno if that constitutes a “song” as much as it does a “beat”. But , whatever, if you listen to that high in the background, I’m pretty sure no ones complaining.
Production:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Princess Cake
Song: Deep Space Jam Feat. Friends of don quixote

This starts of promising but what i assumed was an intro was actually the whole song. It simply goes nowhere until the very end when the change happens. Unfortunately, that change isn’t hitting the right notes to me. All in all, this seems unfinished. Dropping the main sample and adding a vocal clip doesn’t really make a beat a song. I know I harp on that difference a lot but I think in order for instrumental producers to take that step they gotta realize there’s more to song making than having three parts and calling it a day. Where’s the nuance? Where’s the bridges? The peaks and valleys?
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Proseed
Song: Depths in shallows

I gotta say, I kinda hate this dudes rap name. Sounds like someone who’s “Pro-seed” like he’s all about sperm. The spelling is the issue. That said, he can rap. He’s got a cool voice and is confidant. It hits some emo-ish notes I don’t love but I’m a dick about that. The beat is okay. Well made but kinda run of the mill in it’s mood. in fact, the beat might be hitting those emo notes that are bothering me more than the rapper. Still, it’s not bad at all. Solid demo overall.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Soul Sista 24
Song: Day to day Feat. Jade Elise

The pic on this profile when placed next to the name “Soulsista” is some suspect shit. Anyway, the singing is kinda iffy. Not bad but not exactly the soothing listen it’s trying to be.Though that may have to do more with effect thrown on the voice than the singing itself. Cause, on a basic level, her voice is definitely good. The music has as many cool elements as it does problems. The bass sound and the 90’s rhodes sounds being my biggest gripes. It leans a little neo-soul for my taste but I’m sure Eryka BAdu would like it fine.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

5 thoughts on “Demo reviews Vol. 35

  1. Hey block,
    I submitted a demo like 8 or so months ago. Thinking about submitting another but i’m not trying to break “Demo Commandment #2”. That being said, I always enjoy reading/listening to these reviews so keep it up! If you can scan and see if I’m in the demo queue that would be very cool.
    If not, no worries.


    • If I haven’t reviewed it yet, it’s a safe bet I didn’t do it…especially if you submitted 8 months ago. Are you sure I didn’t review it? also, it’s possible the link was fucked up cause I lose a few every week to that.

      • If it turns out the link was fucked up will you take a new one from the same email? I just checked one I submitted and it’s not working. Was working when I uploaded but not now. Fucking divshare.

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