Demo Reviews Vol. 55

Hi. Welcome to another edition of demo reviews. This is where you guys send me your demo’s and I tell you what I think of them. I’m currently NOT accepting demo submissions so please don’t bother sending them to me. When that time comes, i’ll let you know.
Anyway, the reviews work like so: I write a brief review and then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in the categories

That’s about it. Remember, never take the rating that seriously. They mean nothing really. If you get a 5/10, it’s actually pretty good round these parts. I’m a tough crowd.
Lets check this weeks batch and don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the bottom.

Artist:Out of Place
Song: Breaking Bricks Feat. Sara Zavaleta

This a decent joint. The rapper is solid and has a good presence. He sounds kinda like Mr. Lif with less confidence. My only critique of him would be it feels like he’s reading the rhymes and that he needs to blow his nose. He’s good for sure though.
The beat is cool. Just a loop with drums and nothing else but it’s solid. Not the most creative thing I’ve ever heard but , hey, that’s why they got a dude to rap on it.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Blot
Song: Pervert

This had a chance…it really did. It came in with promise of something that might blossom. I kept waiting for an awesome bassline to drop but no…it’s just kinda meanders sloppily into nothingness. There’s no aim. It’s like someone on heroin with ADD jamming out on a midi keyboard. I like the tempo and even the simplistic drums. But , musically, this is a tough one to get through.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Front man
Song:Music Sucks

I file this rapper under “guys who have too much to say and not enough flow”. His voice is decent and he has potential but his flow is very scattered on this song.
The beat is cool. The change up is okay but not particularly smooth in it’s transition.
Also, it might be the headphones I’m using but, the mix is a little janky. The vocals need to come up a bit cause the rapper definitely gets drowned out a bit.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song:Summ Ex

Hmm…It’s time for our weekly foray into “Well, this is not a genre I’m a fan of/familiar with enough to really give a good review”. Yup. This is, um, kinda fast and electronic. I dunno. Not something I’d listen to but it’s not terrible. I guess. I really can’t tell. I do feel faint shades of Prince in it but that might just me be searching for something to say about it.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Bug Powder

“ethereal” is one of those buzz words music writers loves using. I’m not even sure what it truly means but I have a feeling this songs fits that description. It’s moody, cloud like and just overall very mellow. Kinda like some come down music. Or some driving home at 4 am kinda drunk music. It’s pretty good.
Production:6 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Aludel
Song: Perseverance Feat. Wes hunter

This is the middle ground. The rapper can rap well enough. His voice is decent enough. His lyrics are fine. The beat is not my personal taste (sounds like a bunch of plug ins) but it’s certainly good for what it is. I dunno…all that considered there really isn’t anything that makes me want to hear it again. It’s perfectly adequate but , for me, I desire something a little out the box or something with a little extra. A lot of people can rap and make beats but what separates you from the rest? That’s a question all artist should ask themselves.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Second Nature
Song: Her

i think my favorite thing about this is the mixture of what sounds like a found sound (the sound of the wooden stick falling) blending in with the drums. I love shit like that. It really adds a warm feeling to everything. Outside of that, the music is just okay. It gets better as it goes and builds nicely but , perhaps, it takes a little too long to get where it needs to go. Still, this is rpetty cool when it’s all said and done.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: TheK.I.D
Song: I heard

First off, this voice should never talk on a track prior to rapping. It just sounds wrong.
His voice does get better when he raps but it’s still kinda dorky. And hearing a dorky voiced dude pop shit is confusing to say the least. As a rapper. He just sounds like a dude who does this for fun and not much else. Very recreational.
The beat is meh. Sampling Marvin gaye could be cool but it’s a pretty lazy job overall.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: The Snowman
Song: Grapefruit

What did I just listen to? Is this a live recording recorded through a paper bag?
It’s got some cool parts but the quality is that of a bootleg concert tape. If this could actually be recorded decently it might be pretty cool. Kinda jam band-ish, which is very much not my thing, but I like the tasteful usage of analog instruments. Get your shit together , guy. It’s called pro-tools and multiple mic’s. It’s crucial for turning your jams into actual songs.
Production:4 out of 10 (it’s low cause of the shit recording quality)
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Geovybe
Song:Groove with me

I gotta say, both the artist and song name had me ready to shit all over this but this is actually pretty good. Well crafted, well mixed, made with skill. I don’t love the choppy parts much cause it sounds, well, too choppy. It needs some more reverb or something. But, outside of that, this is a very solid feel god jam chock full of sounds that all compliment each other.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Which demo is your favorite?

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