Demo Reviews vol. 44

Sup bro. Sup mah? Sup brah?
Time for another edition of Demo reviews. This is where people willfully send me their music for me to review. More often than not, it’s a bad idea on their part cause I’m the worst. This week, in particular, is a pretty rough bunch. Just a heads up.
Oh yeah, before i get into it, I’ve been getting a bunch of submissions this week. I just want to let you know that none of those emails have even been opened. Submissions are closed so , anything that gets sent to me during this time, is as good as junk mail. I’d feel bad about it but , honestly, I go over this every week. If dudes can’t read instructions, what can I do about it?
Anyway, the reviews work like so: I write a blurb about my thoughts, then rate the songs in these four categories from 1-10

These rating really don’t mean shit and rarely go above a 5/10 but people like numbers so I keep doing them.
So, without further ado, here’s this week haul. Have mercy on our souls.

Artist: Daniel Hunter
Song: Mirage

That was kinda like being on LSD with the Beach Boys. While that sentence sounds like I’m selling it, I’m really not. It was strange and , overall, not bad but, at the same time, it was pretty boring and minimal. It was just two parts all together. That’s barely a song. It felt more like an interlude. Production wise, it was okay. Decent drums (some sounds worked better than others) and the effects definitely worked in giving it that drugged out vibe.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Aaron Hansen
Song: Born dead

This one shows some potential. The guy can rap well enough, even though he’s rough around the edges. Also, the MF Doom influence is a little heavy. In particular, the phrasing of how he says things is almost biting doom so much , it’s hard to ignore.
But, like i said, the potential is there. Just gotta find your own voice and tighten up the flow a little.
The beat is a simple loop but does the job. This song is one of those joints that is actually more enjoyable when you don’t pick it a apart.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Maajr

It’s rare that I hear a demo that I feel is the work of a true genius. well, guess what? This isn’t it. Why on earth would anyone send me this kinda shit? Thing is, as they typically are, these kind of pop songs are always well made. Duh, they’re pop songs. That’s kinda crucial. But, yeah, I’m not a a club in Cabo trying to fingerbang so girl on molly and this shit ain’t for me. If Will.I.Am did Demo reviews, this is what he should be reviewing.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:2.5 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Lackluster
Song: Uppercut

Is this drum and bass? I have no clue. You know why? Cause I don’t listen to drum and bass. Never have. In fact, it always boggles my mind when people send me it (or dubstep or jungle) to review cause , if you read these reviews, it’s clear that’s not shit even remotely in my wheelhouse of musical interests. So, when people see that and still feel the need to send me these kind of songs to review, it leads to one of these dumb rants about how I have no idea how to review this kind of music.
So, yeah…it’s well done? I have no fucking clue.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
originality:No clue

Artist: Fardaad
Song: Whistle at’em

This dude is heavy on his own swag but the voice doesn’t really work for me. It’s like a country singer rapping or something. I could see it done aggressively from a rocking chair. He’s not a bad rapper though. I just don’t know if the style or voice jibe with me.
Production wise, it’s pretty sparse. I can’t even really put my finger on what’s going on, to be honest.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:5 out of 10

Artist: JefJux
Song: Boy good

Before even listening, I gotta say, change that name, bro. Maybe it’s just how soundcloud has you listed but naming yourself after a defunct indie rap label is both weird and limiting. Anyway…the music.
The beat is okay. Head nodder shit. Standard fare but still decent. The rapper can rap but I’m confused. Did I really hear him do “iggity-biggity” style at one point? in 2014? What? wow. That’s beyond retro and ironic. Between the name and some of the rap choices he made this is tough one to really pin down. Still, not a bad effort overall.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Alex Klinger
Song: (cult)ure Feat. Jimmy Astro

This is a bugged out one. First and foremost, I like this rapper. Like heads and shoulders above anyone I’ve heard today. He’s kinda wacky, yet plays into pop rap all while being skilled and clever even though he’s rapping about played out shit. That’s a skill in itself.
Production wise, this shit is a mess. It’s got some cool parts and elements that come in and out but the over all sequencing of it is chaotic and doesn’t really make sense. Also, I kinda hate the drum sounds used. Too tinny.
That Kanye rant sample in the beginning was pretty awesome though.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: La mojarra
Song:El Chavo

This sounds like someone tuning their instruments over a mediocre drum machine. Everything sounds out of key. That’s really all i can say about. It’s a total and complete mess.

song: People ask

This is a tough one to call. There’s nothing wrong with it. I mean, it’s flawed but nothing I can point to like “that’s the problem!”. That said, I just don’t find myself drawn to it. The beat is okay. The rapper is okay. The song structure is fine. It’s actually a well put together piece on all levels. I dunno…I’m sure this will click with someone. Maybe I’m just cranky today? Can you blame me , though? These fucking demos, man…
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Production:2 out of 10
Listenability:1 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Simon Sed
Song:under construction

This one fits nicely into that “average rap demo I receive” category. A decent beat that’s slightly on the emo tip. A white rapper talking about his feelings. Neither of these things are inherently wack but it’s also some shit I’m not really checking for. I’d say, I prefer the beat to the raps though. The MC either needs some more time to mature and sound less like he’s reading the words off of paper (I had that same problem as a rapper) OR he’s just not really cut out to take this rapping thing much further.
This actually reminds me a lot of myself when I used to rap. Very similar flaws.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
originality:3.5 out of 10

So, what do you think?

18 thoughts on “Demo Reviews vol. 44

  1. hey james, i’ve don’t recall sending you ‘el chavo’ to review, I thought demo reviews was about reviewing tracks that are sent to you! it seems like you’ve only chosen the track you’ve hated the most and thrashed it to death in one simple step. about that brief review, last weekend i’ve finished up the album and when it came to recording live drums on that track I had the opportunity to adjust the parts that were indeed out of key; I did knew that some parts were out of key but i’ve never thought ‘everything’ was too!
    still, it was nice to be crucified by the infernal demo reviews!

    • Dude, I review what gets sent to me. If you didn’t send it, someone else did. I have no control over that. Perhaps the link you sent me was wrong? I dunno. All I do know is that was the song that played when I entered the link into my browser so that’s the song I reviewed.

  2. I can’t see anything to play on that La mojarra track. I just see a grey box that says “soundcloud” in the middle but based on your review that’s probably for the best.

  3. the last demo was clearly the best one, but the guy seriously sounds like he had a mouth full of saliva and was trying not to spit it all over the mic. his ‘S’ sounds didnt seem to fully get out there, it was so ugly

      • He also stated it wasn’t finished. Which was curious it was posted as well

        Also I’m not trying to troll. Haha. Just thought it was funny

      • True, and maybe I don’t understand how some people use soundcloud, but why would someone post something so unfinished on the site? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Two things:
      1)Neither demo was particularly but they both did a fine job accomplishing what they were attempting.
      2)Every week i say the scores are arbitrary. This is no exception.

      • Nope. Like I said, the scores are pretty arbitrary and don’t always reflect my thoughts on the music. Sometimes a beat will be well made but I won’t like it. Still, I’ll give it a decent rating cause it was executed well. Or something will be “more original” so it gets a higher rating but original doesn’t always mean it’s good.

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