Demo reviews vol. 53


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Oh hi there…Welcome to another edition of Demo Reviews. This is where you were kind enough to send me your music so I can let you know what I think about it. Problem with that is I’m old and over everything so I end up shitting on most of it. i try to be constructive though…sometimes. but , hey, you knew that was the deal before you sent in the music so, for that, I applaud you and your positive self image.
I am not currently accepting demo submissions so please don’t send me any.
The reviews work like so:
I write a paragraph or two about the song then arbitrarily rank the songs from 1-10 in the categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

That’s about it. This is weird ass bunch of songs this week. Something must be in the water. Check them out and then vote in the poll below for your favorite song.

Artist:The far EXP
Song: For you/Love it


This is decent. On the bright side, it’s a good posse cut with a bunch of capable rappers on it. No one guy stands out too much but there also isn’t one shitty guy holding them all back. The beat is a little lo-fi (badly mixed?) and could use a few more changes. I could be wrong but I think it’s just a loop. The recording quality , in general, is a little bit of an issue. The vocals are mixed low but the scratches are clear as can be…which is odd. Not bad though, over all.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Blahsum (I think that’s the name?)
Song: Decomposition in AB minor


What on earth is going on here? This seems to be the outcome when too many influences come together. It’s kinda like if you take 6 different fruit juices and mix them up. It’s not fruit punch…it’s just some muddled brownish colored fruit like thing that taste vaguely like orange juice no matter what you put in it.
This is a lil’ Death grips, a lil’ Stitches and a lil’ high school angst rap with some high school emo rock thrown in. I dunno…I’m too old for this shit. Maybe you young people can get on board with this…Not me though. There is something weirdly listenable to it for me though…i can’t front. It’s like it annoys the shit out of me but i can’t take my eyes off it. So, that’s something.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:War Head
Song: Every Time I die


Am I crazy of does this guy sound a little like a less refined Despot?
Anyway, this has some potential. He’s got a decent voice and good presence on the mike. Lyrically, he’s not quite there yet but he’s definitely close. Problem is, it’s mixed terribly and recorded badly. If the technical aspects can catch up to the intensity of the raps, he might be on to something.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:4th Sound
Song: I could Kill a cop


This is the funkiest cop killing anthem ever! It’s like a bar band that wants to kill a cop. Also, this dude really doesn’t sound like a guy who would kill a cop. Or maybe his voice isn’t selling his anger very well.
The song concept is just kinda poorly thought out (considering how many anti cop songs have existed, you gotta come with more than this to make it stick out) and the recording of the beat is a little all over the place.
i feel like this would have been better suited to be a song about having a bbq in the park than killing all cops cause that’s what the mood felt like.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Kickstart Rockers
Song:Midsummer Rock


Is this a mistake? Every now and then I get a real deal rock song to review and I feel completely lost. I honestly can’t tell if this is a joke or not. As i always do when i get songs like this, I’m in no position to review rock songs. To me, this sounds like every other rock song I’ve ever heard. Th singer sounds kinda like a dick head. Sorry. That’s all I got. It’s not you, it’s me.
Production: Umm…
Vocals:Nah b.
Listenability: No idea
Originality: Probably not much

Artist:Cymbalik
Song:Summertime


This is kinda cool. I’m a sucker for old jazz standard vocal samples. The vibraphone loop is cool but, i dunno, the song doesn’t really go anywhere and relies entirely on the vocal sample to keep it interesting. I mean, shit, it’s a five minute song with 3 parts and 4 instruments. It needs much more to work as a complete song but it’s a decent start.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: AB-Life
Song: Ghost Feat. Dr. Sherman


The first dude can definitely rap. The second guy is a little less evolved as a rapper. Problem is, both of their voices have me feeling like, when I envision them rapping, i see two dudes in Lacoste t-shirts rapping with their collars up. No clue what that means but it’s the first thing that popped in my head. Actually , i do know what it means: Painfully white. But, hey, aren’t we all?
The production is a wash. It’s not bad but very forgettable at the same time. Like, if these two were fantastic rappers, it wouldn’t ruin the song at all. But cause they’re simply okay, the beat is just kinda there.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:DTND
Song:Nigga hate me


Whoa, that intro song is fuuuuuucked up. wow.
This is a bit of a bummer cause it has some great potential. It’s a good concept song and the rapper actually has something to say. Sure, it’s something that’s been said before by others but I feel as though he’s got his own take on it. The problem is all technical. This is recorded like dog shit and the beat is a little bit of a mess. It’s too bad cause a good remix and rerecording of the vocals would make for a really dope song. This reminds me of something I might hear on KMD’s first album.

Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:Tough call…The actual raps are a 6.5/10 but the recording quality is like 2/10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Tatlock and Creech
Song:The stranger


I realize this is “demo reviews” but this song is extra demo-y. The beat is actually well recorded and well made for what it is. It sounds like some back rub music but it’s well executed. The rapping though…the guy sounds like he’s not ready to be recorded but did it anyway. His voice is also an issue. Well, so it his flow. Basically, rapping just isn’t in this guys long term future. It weirdly sounds like a guy a karaoke bar freestyling from his diary.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:2.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Agrume de Cerveau
Song:Looking for the magical toad

Love that vocal sample. No idea what it’s saying or talking about but it sounds cool.
This song progresses nicely and has a really dope texture to it. My only minor critique of it is i don’t love the drum sounds but, at the same time, they’re not even that bad. Well done.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

So, which demo do you like the best?

9 thoughts on “Demo reviews vol. 53

  1. Is it just me, or does the production on Every Time I Die sound heavily influenced by a certain New York producer/podcaster/blogger?

  2. how many times did you shower directly after listening to this batch of demos, and did the “dirt” come off? you ok/clean, yet?

  3. the far exp and dtnd tracks are dope. most else is whack, not quite as whack as usual average though. BTW, your track off furtive movements is fucking great.

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