Demo Reviews Vol. 43


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Whattup party people in the place to be. Welcome to another edition of Demo reviews. These are all demo’s sent in by readers for me to pick apart. Why? They must like pain.
I don’t try to hate on things I’m just kinda over it in general so, you know, tough crowd.
Oh, and for all the people who are gonna ask, I’m not accepting demo’s right now. The queue is full for the time being. When I need more, I’ll let you guys know.
Anyway, the reviews go like so: I write a paragraph about the demo then review them on ascale of 1-10 in these arbitrary categories
Production
Vocals
Listenability
originality

Can’t stress enough how little those ratings mean but people love numbers! Anyway, this weeks batch has a few rap tracks but mostly instrumental stuff. So, prepare to shoe gaze!

Artist: W.I.N.D
Song: The Message


Short but sweet. The vocal sample is creepy in a good way and the drum programming, while not my favorite, was unpredictable. It feels more like an interlude than a song though. Not cause it’s short but more cause it’s basically just two parts. A vocal sample and that flute part with drums that change. Still, it’s well made and polished.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Jon Baylor
Song: Spirit of the night pt. 2


I always kinda like when a producer puts the whole sample at the beginning of a song showing how much he cuts it up. sure, it’s kinda bragging but , at least to me, it’s fun to see the change ups. Not saying this guy reinvented that sample like crazy or anything but he flipped it up. The song itself is kinda aimless though. It’s just a few sequences of the only sample flipped up. This would work better as a rap beat, to be honest. I could see Jadakiss on it.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist:CRYM
Song:BSGenius


I like where this kid is going stylistically but he hasn’t really refined his skills yet. Slight issues with breath control, ill advised lines and typical flows BUT those are all problems that well go away over time. A little improvement and he’ll be straight up dope.
The beat is cool but the sample’s bugging me cause I’ve heard it before.

It’s highly likely that the producer didn’t know that song though so it’s forgivable.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Sloth
Song: Stick Up


Hmm…Let’s start with the beat. It’s a well made but ultimately unenjoyable. It’s a little tinny. That might be the mix though. Could use some sort of low end outside the kick drum and that synth sound. It kinda sounds like a Run the Jewels track if El-P had used all garage band sounds and mixed his beats on his laptop speakers.
Now, the rapper…Love the name. But, nah. This dude is just not meant to be a rapper. The voice is not working. The flow is mother goose status.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Astroboter
Song:The sounds of psylence


This dude definitely went to the DJ Shadow school of drum programming. This honestly kinda reminds me of the first demo reviewed this week. It’s well made, short and kinda melodically chaotic. There’s no one thing I can really pick apart though. It’s solid. At worst, it’s uninteresting and well tread territory.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Mild Sorcery effects
Song:Plastics


This kinda sounds like a dude sitting on his synth to a drum track. It’s definitely arranged in a certain way but what’s really going on here? I have no idea. Also, it doesn’t seem finished. I’d advise to step away from the stock sounds and focus on composing an entire song, as opposed to just two sequences.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Forgotten Culture
Song: Crash test dummies


This is one of those emotional/inspirational rap songs that I just can’t into but I understand the appeal of. It’s a funny sub-genre of rap song. The sort of “times is tough and I’m reflecting lyrically” kinda song.
The beat is perfect for this kinda song. Well made and emotive. It’s mixed well and the sequencing is solid. The rappers are perfectly fine. But, like I said, I personally just can’t get into songs like this in general. Still, not bad at all.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: The Real Tar
song: In a minute


The vocals could use some reverb like a motherfucker. The rapper has a cool voice and a good delivery (when he’s not trying to double time cause that was a struggle). The hook is very Drake-ish. I don’t think that was the aim but that’s what it sounds like. Regardless, the rapper has a lot of potential and just has to figure out his lane. Are you on some Drake shit or something a little less light?
The beat is kind of a mess. It’s simple and gets the mood across but the drum programming and sounds just kinda suck. It sounds like the early demo version of a beat that will eventually be decent once they add the real drums and synth sounds.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Two Scoops
Song: Take it higher


This would be huge in europe. They love them some Dilla Tribute tracks. And the beat sounds like some early version of DJ Premier chops. As a song, it’s okay. Too much cutting for my taste. It’s distracting from the track itself. But there are a bunch of cool little nuances the producer throws in that work really well and keep it moving.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10


Artist: Daniel Hunter
Song: Mirage


That was a wobbley little journey. Kinda felt like a warped record or something. It’s pretty bare as far as what happens over the course of the song. Could definitely use some more sequences. I’m not a fan of the drum sounds either but I’ve certainly heard worse this week. I dunno…I guess i just don’t get the point of this, as a song. It’s just kinda there.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

5 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 43

  1. How long would you say it takes you to go through these demos each time? 43 volumes…that`s a whole lotta hours! It`s like your version of homework

      • Vol43 and 1.5h a piece, so that’s like about two and a half full days of straight up demo reviewing!

        (2.5 days…imagine that in terms of Candy Crush or masturbatory or laundry doing hours…wow!)

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