Demo Reviews vol. 56


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Hi there and welcome to another edition of “Demo reviews”. You sent them in and I judged them like an asshole. That’s how this works. Although I’m not accepting demos right now, I will be soon so keep an eye out of that announcement next week.
Anyway, the review work like so: i give a brief write up and then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in these categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

That’s about it. Let’s peep this weeks dump.

Artist: Nati
Song:Lekcija iz perspektive


This a light a breezy little jam. It has an strong air of “Made in europe”. I know that, considering the song and artist title, that’s obvious but musically it’s very much the type of thing I’d expect to hear in a cafe in dusseldorf and I’ve never been to dusseldorf.
It’s not really my thing ,taste wise, but it’s perfectly fine for what it is.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:odS
Song: Aliens approaching manhattan


This reminds me of one of those 8-bit songs but it’s not 8-bit. It’s a little grating on the ears. The break downs that aren’t the high pitched synths parts are okay but it all takes to long to form and , once it does, it’s still not really taking me anywhere particularly interesting.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Kirby Howarth
Song: Granddad Joe


This is one of those curious songs that i wonder how/why it was sent to me for a review. It’s so far out of the wheelhouse.
That aside, it’s very well recorded, the singer has a cool voice (sounds like beck on “Sea Changes”). The song is nice. I dunno…i don’t listen to this kinda stuff. It’s adult contemporary music. I know I’m an adult and I try to stay contemporary but, i dunno…this is not for me.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Tzee-Gun
Song: Tobin iz malu


This is pretty cool. Laid back but it has a nice urgency to it. I like the stuttering drums and the whole song moves along nicely. I’m not crazy about the instrument that comes in around 2:50. Sounds like a corny electro pan flute. I OD on flutes in my music but even I draw the line with pan flutes.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Wolrafxela
Song: Rescue


Weird. First off, the beat is pretty mediocre. It doesn’t bring anything to the table that would make me want to relisten to it. The rapper is a curious case. Good voice and he sounds confidant. Problem is, his lyrics. If feels as though, at times, he’s just freestyling. So, basically, if he tightens up his written lyrics, he’ll be good to go. Even though he leans on that “breathless” style that I hate ,at times. Stop doing that. It’s a really shitty way to rap.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Casey okane
Song: Digital dream


I know putting this kind of effect on your vocals seems like a good idea but it’s not. It never is. If you’re not the beastie boys in the 90’s, don’t do it. I’m glad it goes away but it gives a bad first impression. The beat is okay. It’s well made but, musically, isn’t hitting me in any way.
The rapper is adequate. He can rap but sounds like 85% of the demos I get. Not his fault…this is just how most underground rappers sound like.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Stereoma
Song: Thought you should know


Another band? What the fuck is going on here this week.
Okay, it’s a rock song. It’s okay I guess. Well recorded. The singer sounds like could be in an 80’s band.
Listen, It’s not like i don’t have the power to have opinions on new rock music I just honestly don’t care about it much so it’s hard for me to give a review that will give any insight worth hearing.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Retros finest
Song: hip hop pervs


Don’t think i didn’t notice you used those Jay-z drums, bro.
Kinda lame. The rest of the beat is decent. The song is put together well and sequenced nicely.
The rapper is like a good rapper who’s doing all the wrong things. He raps on beat and has an okay voice but his accent sound forced and his lyrics are super lazy. With some work he could be good. Sounds to me like he’s just gotta find himself as a rapper.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Shaggy Rogers
Song: Jekyll Hyde


This could very much have been a song I woulda bumped in the mid 90’s that I recorded off an underground radio show. Problem is, it’s 2014. That said, I actually like the mellow jazzy beat. The rapper is good but just has a very dated style and some dated similes.
This is a song trapped in a time capsule but, on the right side, there’s tons of people who still like this kinda thing and it’s well enough executed to be enjoyed by those folks for sure.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10
So, what do you think?

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