Demo Reviews vol. 42


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Whattup everyone, time again for the hell on earth that is Demo reviews. This is where you guys send me your hard work and I tell you ,as honestly as I can , what I think about it. Here’s a hint: I’m probably not that into it. But, that’s part of the fun, right? and don’t forget, my opinion matters as much as anyones. so, in reality, it doesn’t matter at all.
The Submissions of new demo’s are closed for now so please don’t send me music. When i need it, I’ll make the announcement.
The reviews go like so: i write a blurb about the song and then review the sngs in there four categories from 1-10
Production
Vocals
Listenability
originality

i say it every week but , just know, the number rating really don’t mean much. I just do it cause people like to have their hard work quantified. Anyway, this weeks batch has a few bright spots in it so, all is not lost. Check it out and vote for your favorite demo at the bottom.

Artist:Digital Monster Feat. Double O, Simian Simpleton and Noelle Konrad
Song: Brazil


This is pretty dope. The beat is solid. Some nice little cut up nuances in there. Very good use of world music samples. As far as rapping, the first dude is straight up good. The second guy sounds like a white Kweli, which is weird cause Kweli already kinda sounds like a white guy. Suffice to say, i didn’t love the second guy. I’d say my biggest issue with this song is the hook. I get what they were going for but , i dunno, it just didn’t work for me. Still, solid song overall.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Rookes
Song: Rise


This has a weird early Eminem influence to it that you don’t really see much anymore. Not in his skill set (cause Eminem was actually a fantastic rapper), but more in the whiny vocal tone. He manages to capture all the bad parts of eminem. Even the beat sounds like an eminem outtake. So, yeah, this isn’t really doing it for me.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: The Doctor
Song: The Sound of Drums


That plucky bass line is so familiar to me. It’s either something that’s super famous or something that’s been used before by someone else. Either way, it’s clearly well tread territory.
Now, for a song called “The sound of drums” this doesn’t deliver on the drum promise. The drums are easily the worst part. Lame sounds and , really, with the long build up, I expected much more. Something kinda epic. Musically, this is okay. it’s got some cool parts but , overall, pretty boring.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Hafrican
Song:get it got it good


This guy can rap but the way he’s using his voice is not to my liking. It’s a little Busta rhymes and a little Dizzy Rascal. This is also a funny attempt at a club banger. I’d be curious to hear him rap on a more normal track though cause I feel the skill set it there.
Beat wise, this is just kinda annoying. The drums serve their purpose but the synth sounds and “bear-yum-bow” vocal sample just come up short. That said, it probably bumps when played loudly on good speakers.
Production:4 our of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Mental Effector
Song: Naive


This is some 80’s R&b shit. Throw some vocals on this and it could be something i’d hear on a Club Nouveau album.

It’s not really my wheelhouse but, truth be told, it’s pretty dope for what it is. It’s certainly well executed and has a nice mood to it.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Audio Treats
Song: Anchor


This sounds a little like some Rat-a-tat type shit but slightly less refined. It’s pretty good though. again, much like the song prior, not really the kinda shit I listen to but it’s well made the transitions in the song work really well.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Diogenes Ft. Barfly
Song:Pistols at dawn


This is some rugged shit. Simple, hard beat. Nothing ground breaking but it’s perfect for the song. The rapper’s voices is so effected he almost sounds foreign (are they?!) but it works. They both have dope voices and cool flows. More than anything, they have a commanding presence and they’re clearly comfortable rapping. Definitely had a nice throw back feel with the pandering to “old school” heads. I don’t like the slightly off key singing hook but that’s a minor criticism.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Shipwreck
Song: More Rain


Sometimes a rappers influences are a little pronounced. This dude sounds like he studied Eyedea and Aesop a little too closely. On top of that, he doesn’t have the natural flow that either of those dudes have. To me, this reads as someone who’s yet to find their voice but, hey, that’s kinda how making music works. We all bite a little before we find out focus. The beats interesting but also kinda sloppy. It’s a good attempt.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Greig
Song:Weak warriors weign supweme


First off, I love the song title. I can’t say i can relate it to the song but it cracked me up.
As for the song, the production is interesting. Definitely original. i dunno if I feel like listening to it for an extended period of time but it’s not boring. The rapping is kinda like the beat. Not bad at all, just kinda challenging in a way that doesn’t make me wanna accept the challenge. Still, this was far from mediocre.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:6 out of 10

Artist:Not so B
Song: Lucid Dream


This is amateur. The drums need a lot of work and the music doesn’t really kick in till the halfway mark. When it does, it doesn’t exactly improve the song. This sounds like how mediocre underground producer beat tapes sounded in the late 90’s. “Spacey” but ultimately uninteresting and lacking serious polish.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

6 thoughts on “Demo Reviews vol. 42

  1. Just thought I’d come in and clarify since I’ve already been a fan of the guy’s work previously: More Rain is by Lucid Optics. The album is called Shipwreck.

  2. I might be wrong, but it seems that you can almost always predict the voting results based on your reviews. Have you ever considered posting the tracks, letting readers vote, and then posting your thoughts to see how they align? Maybe this is too much work, or maybe you don’t care enough to fuck with it like that, but I think it’d be interesting.

    Regardless, I know this column pains you, but I thoroughly enjoy it. So, thanks for that.

  3. I enjoyed the Lucid Optics track a lot. One of the best track you’ve reviewed the past few months, in my opinion. His style is almost painfully similar to Eyedea’s style, though.
    Brazil was the shit. The hook brought the track down a little, but second guy’s just as solid as the first.

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