Demo reviews vol. 37

Hi there! Time for another edition of “Demo reviews”. This is where people who read this blog send me their demos to review. Thing is, I’m old and over it so I end up hating most things but, hey, people still send me shit so I guess it’s working for us all.
Anyway, I’m not accepting submissions right now so please don’t send them to me. I got a few this week and didn’t even open the emails. Just trying to keep order around her.
The reviews work like so:
I do a brief write up pin pointing my thoughts on the music then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in these categories:

This weeks batch features a whole bunch of rappers who need to refine their skills and one song that may be my least favorite thing I’ve heard all year. Get excited! And vote for your favorite at the bottom…

Artist: Mysticism
Song: Mindfulness

This guys heart is in the right place but the rapping isn’t there yet. His ideas are bigger than his skill set at the moment. I feel like four years from now he will look back on this and feel deeply embarrassed about it. Not a diss really, that’s kinda par for the course for this kind of rapping. It’s a starting point. Also, if the rap name “Mysticism” sticks, I’d be shocked. The beat is kinda just there. It’s not good or bad.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability: 4 out of 10
originality: 4 out of 10

Song: Mathilde

Well, this is just a beat with a few subtle switch ups (most of which that happen in the last 30 seconds). It’s all moody and shit but without vocals it doesn’t offer much. Even with vocals , it would only work as a “Times is tough” kinda anthem and that is pretty well worn territory at this point. The drums are kinda meh. I would suggest, if you’re using Hi-hats like these maybe don’t solo them ever cause you wanna kinda just have them in the background. No need to bring your weaknesses to the forefront.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Mass Confusion
Song: The Teachers

I seriously thought the first guy was Raekwon for a second. But, upon deeper listen he actually sounds like an obscure rapper from baltimore named Labtekwon.
Anyway, it all is very Wu-tang influenced. I’m not mad at it but I’m also not impressed either. The beat is cool if not extremely simple. The rapping is acceptable but also kinda forgettable. Not bad though. Bored Wu Tang heads should eat this up.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:2 out of 10

Artist: Cabbage scratch Kid
Song: Orange Juice

Clearly, this out of my wheelhouse of music I’m into so, you know, take this all with a grain of salt. Sounds like a fun night in a european house party. Or low rent early Daft Punk. Either way, it just kinda is what it is. Not offensive in any way but, if I’m not dancing to it, what’s the point? (I don’t dance). The loop at the end is cool though.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Wesker
Song: Mr. Potter

While this song is completely different than the one I just reviewed above, it’s equally as far from my particular musical interests. It’s a not bad kinda dub steppy , somewhat electro, kinda down tempo-ish song. I don’t dislike some of the instrumentation but the drum sounds are kinda corny to me. The snare in particular just sounds too synthetic.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Uprooted
Song: Good old days

Oh jesus christ. No. Nope. Not even close.
I should preface this by saying that rap fusion music is probably my least favorite thing on earth. So, keep that in my mind.
Musically, it sounds like something that might play in the back ground of a racing video game from the 90’s. The rapping…well, it sounds like guys who play rock music rapping. Not off beat but just off in every other way. It’s all just beyond corny to me.
The fucked up thing is that , compared to the rest of the songs this week, it’s well made and actually arranged well. But, goddamn, do i hate shit like this. It just makes me want people to put weed down.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:1 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Wormwood
Song: Milky way Ft. Koan

There is something hilarious about an angry rapper who has deep technical flaws cause the passion is there but there is no amount of passion that can fool a listeners ears into thinking they’re good. This guy is trying very hard but he needs years more experience before he should be recording vocals and playing them for other people.
The beat is similar in that it’s trying really hard and I appreciate that but it just doesn’t work. i can’t even pin point a reason. it just doesn’t.
On the bright side, the name Wormwood is pretty dope.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Makeshift Frequencies
Song: Cats still sleep

Definite L.A. beat scene influence here. It’s not bad. I definitely hear the skill being bought to the table. I wouldn’t say it’s as enjoyable a listen as music like this typically tends to be but it’s well done. A little A.D.D. at point though in a way shows lack of understanding song structure. Still, if nothing else, it’s interesting and bugged out.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Optimus Crab
song:Kill the Carrier (w/ Slow life)

Rappers rapping! No one really stands out but they all got a few lines here and there. More than anything, it just sounds like a bunch of friends having fun rapping. That said, it’s not something I’d really come back to.
The beat is simple but , typically, posse cut beats tend to be like that. i don’t love the fuzzed out switch up for the last guys verse as it kinda doesn’t make sense in the context of this song.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Clemits
Song: No Nostalgia

This guy has pretty cool voice but his skills aren’t there yet. Doesn’t have that natural flow just yet and sound slightly uncomfortable. The beat is a bunch of parts from one song but I suppose that works in this instance. Not exactly re-inventing the wheel with straight loops but , i can’t front, that shit always does sound good.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

So, what do you think?

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