Demo Reviews Vol. 38


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It’s that time again. The day I look forward to least of all when doing this blog. yup, demo reviews.
I think I need to address a few things here. I had a bunch of dead links in the queue today as well as a few “Songs” that were literally producers sampling other producers songs. You guys know that’s not how this works, right? Get your shit together. I’m not accepting submissions right now but, if I was, I would hope you guys can grasp the concept of what making a song means. It means you make a fucking song. Not just a loop. Not taking another song and scratching some vocals over it. Dunno why but this week was full of shit like that so I cut anything remotely like that out. If you’re song was like that and you’re wondering when it will get reviewed, well, now you know.
Anywaaaaaay, grumpy guy rant aside, this week had some decent moments. Mostly instrumental but it’s better than nothing.
The reviews work like so:
I write a brief synopsis of what i think of the song then throw some arbitrary numbers at you in these categories rating from 1-10
Production
Vocals
Listenability
originality

The rest, my friend, is internet magic!
On with the show.

Artist: Pixtol V
Song:Reyes


That was pretty dope. Really well layered and it evolved nicely. A couple of the drum sounds didn’t fit the vibe of the rest of the music but, really, that’s me splitting hairs. Well done.
Production:7 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:6 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Toybreaker
Song:302


It’s funny…this one has a ton of comments on it where people are praising the drums. I mean , they’re okay but that just seems weird. Anyway, this is decent. A little boring but it’s certainly got a mood to it. Not poorly made. “Solid” would best describe it.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Cuttin; Corral
Song: Cuttin’ Corral Posse cut live


What the fuck is going on here? First off, they used the sample I used on Insomniac olympics. Good find. I don’t even know where that is from.
Then they use a sample I used from “Night light”.

Can’t tell if this whole song is trolling me. Clearly, the rapping is horrendous but also not at all serious. Anyway, this shit is a mess but I have a feeling that was it’s intention.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:1 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
originality:2 out of 10

Artist:Band from the future
Song: Dark Caller


This seems like it’s very much for a particular mood. Like maybe pre-gaming before you go one a serial Killer rampage dressed like a woman. Finally! The streets have a theme for that occurrence.
Aside from the non-existent drums, I actually like all the layers that weave in and out. It’s a throwback to an 80’s movie soundtrack or something. I bet high people will like this.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Roboclip
Song: Nostalgin’


This is one of those songs that, from the first kick and bass tone I know is not for me. Meaning, I’m not it’s audience. Is it well made? sure. I don’t like the drum sounds and , in general, this type of instrumental doesn’t make sense to me as something anyone would wanna listen to but there’s no denying the dude who made it is skilled at what he does.
I’d imagine this is what my mom would hear if I were to play her a flying lotus song or something.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:3 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist:JE double F
Song:Third mall from the sun


Cool way of flipping the name “Jeff” in to a rap name.
Anyhoo, this guy isn’t the worst rapper at all but he’s also not very interesting. Not much that separates him from countless other rappers out there. The flow his some snags, but over all, he’s capable.
The beats is just sorta there. Not offensive but also not asking for repeated listens either.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Zero
Song: What you think


This first rapper is very close to being good. He needs a little refinement. Slow shit down and get more comfortable on the track.The second dude is better on a technical level but I feel he has a lower ceiling than the first guy.
The beat is a cool loop. That’s about all it is. Definitely had a Madlib vibe to it but, I dunno…it’s just a loop.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:2 out of 10

Artist:Cratehead
Song:Sushi grade-Tartare Edition


Nice action Bronson sample there…
The beat is listenable but, ultimately has some flaws. First one being it’s just a horn loop (that gets annoying after a while) and one breakdown. The drums are a little flimsy and the background piano/bass part sounds like it was sampled off an outtake of “Freedom” by George Michael.

That aside, this is isn’t bad and the producer has a good ear so , basically, a little growth and fine tuning and he’ll be straight.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Unsung
song:Cheap dreams


Holy elevator music sample! Didn’t see that one coming. Reminds me of something MF doom might loop up.

The problem with sampling shit like that is it walks a thin line of being cool and extremely corny. This hangs somewhere in between those two things. The rest of the beat is not exceptional. It’s got aspirations though, and I can appreciate that. It’s as if it changes genres as the song evolves. Not a bad idea, just kinda unfocused.
Oh…the rapping. It’s fine. Sounds a bit like a less interesting Slug.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Germz and Conditionz
Song:Sheeba


Well, that was a strange and grating listen. Pretty unenjoyable all around. Some parts would work as a horror movie score but the rest is just a mish mash of bad synth sounds with no discernible mood.
Seems like the work of someone just starting out.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:2 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Well, what do you think?!?!?

13 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 38

  1. “What you Think” is the same person in both verses. It’s pretty much supposed to show the difference between the people perceived ‘angels’ but really don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves and the the ‘devils’ that make bad, selfless decisions, but care about the well being of people. It was kind of thrown together and it’s not the best I could do, but it’s whatever

    • It’s a loop. A nice loop but a loop nonetheless. So yes. I love Doom but , a lot of the time, his beats are incredibly simple and only work as well as they do cause he’s rapping on them.

      • i get you. i enjoy the simplicity sometimes when the loop is smooth enough though. but then the quality of the song is at the mercy of the rapper. i see why the producer shouldn’t get too much credit in those cases. i have a lot of appreciation for the amount of work that guys like you and RJ must put in to layer samples so soundly. it’s damn hard

  2. The quality of a song is always there, wether a dope rapper is on it or not. Furthermore, who cares about who gets more or less credit. Just thank Block for taking the time to listen.

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