Demo reviews vol. 49 (Now accepting demo submissions!)


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Whattup everyone…It’s the moment all the self loathers have been waiting for! I’m opening up the flood gates once again for demo submissions. If you have a song you’d like me to review, now is your time to both shine and possibly get shit on as well. However, before you just submit me something. There are rules. PLEASE READ THESE CLOSELY BEFORE SUBMITTING ANYTHING TO ME. They are crucial to your demo even making it to the review process.
1)The header on the email must say “Demo review”
2)If you’ve already submitted, DO NOT submit again. You had your fun now it’s other people’s turn.
3)Send me ONE SONG. Pick your song that is your favorite or the one that best exemplifies your music and shoot it over here. I’m not going to listen to your whole ep.
4)This time around, I’ll only be accepting songs that can be heard via a link. So, no loose mp3′s or myspace pages. I want soundcloud, bandcamp or you can even upload it to an upload site (like divshare.com, hulkshare ect…) that allows the songs to stream. Basically, the streaming part is crucial. If this is something you cannot do, you probably shouldn’t be sending me music in the first place. Also, i accept Youtube links but think it’s weird when that’s the only way you have your music on the internet.
5)Demo MUST contain original production. I don’t want mixtapes of you rapping over other peoples tracks. I want actual songs.
6)Don’t just send me some random beat you made. I want a finished product. If your shit is called “Untitled beat” I will throw it right in the trash. If the entire track is a loop with drums, it’s not a song. I want songs, not some shit you’re workshopping.

That’s about it for the rules. But there’s more…You must also accept that I will be reviewing your music honestly. I don’t know you. You aren’t my homeboy. I may write some shit you don’t wanna hear/accept. That’s fine and all but just know it’s possible. Butthurt responses will be clowned on properly. Trust me, I’m as familiar with internet criticism as any person who makes music for a living. It sucks but it’s part of the deal. After all, you’re sending me your music so I can review it. what else do you expect? By submitting, you’re pretty much agreeing to possibly being let down.
It should also be noted that , genre wise, I’m a rap guy. I like rap music. This can work both for and against you people sending me rap as I will be highly critical of it but there’s also a chance I might actually like it. Where as with other genres (particularly instrumental music and electronic type shit) I don’t really listen to that kinda stuff. Feel free to send it but just know my ceiling of enjoyment for that kind of music is typically pretty low. Ironic, I know…but it’s the reality of things.

Got it? good.
So, send away to my email
phatfriendblog@gmail.com

As for this week, It’s business as usual. As always, the reviews are done in the form of brief write ups and 1-10 ratings in these categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

So, let the good times roll!

Artist: Params
Song: Y inductance


I like the production value of this and it’s well made. It’s not my cup of tea musically though and it definitely feels like background music in a movie about robot love in the future. I guess I can file this one under “good but something I would personally never listen to”. Which isn’t a bad thing, really.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Logikk and Reason
Song: My Rant (ft. Pink FLoyd)


Holy shit, dudes! I can’t believe you got Pink Floyd to guest on your demo! Huge pull.
Word to all artists out there: just cause you sample someone doesn’t mean you did a song with them. I have a feeling these guys are kidding with that credit (I REALLY hope they are) but still, people do actually do this all the time and it’s retarded.
As for the song, the rapping is painfully white and amateur. Dude sounds legit uncomfortable rapping. He has some lines that actually aren’t even that bad but the delivery buries them. The beat is a pink floyd sample so…yeah.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Connect and FTdubs
Song: Mindless Radio


This is pretty basic underground rap. The beat is pretty cool and the rapping is fine but, ultimately, uninteresting. His voice kinda sounds like a slightly lower and less refined Alaska from Hangar 18 (and friend of the blog). Not much to say about this. My advice would be to work on that chanting hook. It’s not working and sounds clunky.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: The Haze
Song:Two steps back Ft. Slick rat


The beat is the star here. There’s nothing particularly great about it but it’s executed excellently. Well mixed, good nuances and , over all, just put together really nicely.
The rapping is okay. Again, it’s just not that interesting. It’s not their fault. It’s really fucking hard to be interesting as a rapper nowadays. You need that thing that separates you from others. So, if you have a serviceable voice and an okay flow, it’s simply not enough. At least for me…but I’m also a jaded asshole so, you know, take that for what it is.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: AB2G
Song: L’hermes Express


This builds nicely. Again, not really the type of music I listen to but it’s well made and arranged. The ending is especially a nice little bug out. I always wonder where this kind of music is applicable in life. Not in clubs or places where people dance. You know where? Sushi restaurants. I know this cause that’s where I hear my music all the time. Basically, Japanese restaurants are where instrumental music goes to die.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Introgression
Song: Whistles will be the end of me


See, now this is the other side of electronic music. I don’t get it. There’s definitely a mood but that mood is confusion. I don’t feel like I ever feel like listening to music that’s actively trying to be confusing. Not to be confused with music be challenging. That’s a different thing altogether. I dunno, it’s not poorly made or anything but the vibe of it overall is just something I wouldn’t ever want to invest my time into. It’s like free jazz electronica.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist:Young Descent Lamar
Song: My daily bread


This guy is a big Tupac fan. Tupac and god. That’s what i got out of this.
As a non-religious person who could give a shit about Tupac’s entire discography, I might not be the right audience for this. From a technical standpoint, the beat is okay but a little to far out on the generic blues side of things. The rapper does say some cool shit but his style is just to much of a rehashed thing for me to get into it.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Ckeelay
Song:Human Nature


I think the beat is pretty cool. i don’t love the drums but the musical aspects of it are pretty cool. I do not like the singing. Mostly cause the dudes has a pretty shitty voice. Now, the rapping is way better. Good voice (kinda sounds like Tajai from souls of mischief) and an urgent presence. A little Eminem-ish at times but he’s got something that definitely separates him from , say, the other rappers in this weeks demo batch. I really wish the singing part wasn’t in there though. It kinda fucks the whole song up, which would have been otherwise pretty good.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out 10

Artist: Kid Stupid
Song: Goldie I


The beat has a lot of promise. in fact, the whole song does but it’s just slightly on the amateur side. The vocals are recorded kinda wackly and the mix of the song, in general, is not great. But, as it stands, the beat is pretty good. The rapper isn’t very great but his voice is okay. He’ll get better with time and some reverb on the vocals will help him a lot. I’d also advise him to stop trying to rap like other people. Borrowing from your idols is never wise , especially when your idols are super famous. I’m not into listening to rappers who, just from hearing a verse, I can tell exactly what’s in their Ipod.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

So, what do you think?

3 thoughts on “Demo reviews vol. 49 (Now accepting demo submissions!)

  1. Hey sir,

    I am curious as I have submitted one of my songs for you to review, but I have yet to see it reviewed on the blog. Does that mean it never made the cut or you didn’t get it?

    I only ask because I would love to get any kind of feedback from you regarding my music as I know it will help me become stronger at my craft

    Let me know and thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Arya

    Ps submitted Manos Lindas’ song Atardecer pt. 2 @ soundcloud.com/manos-lindas

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    • If I didn’t review your music it was for one of the following reasons:
      1)the link didn’t work
      2)It was just a loop
      3)You submitted when I wasn’t accepting submission.
      If the problem was 1 or 3, feel free to resubmit. If it’s 2, then step you shit up a little and make an actual song.

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