Demo Reviews Vol. 57


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It is time, once again, for Demo Reviews. This is where you, the reader, send me some of your own music so I can tell you what I think of it. It should be noted, I really am not the best guy to review music cause the scope of what I actually like is so minimal, it’s almost not fair. But, you guys seems to want to know my worthless opinion on your music so this keeps going on.
I’d like to thank all of you who submitted music. If you sent me a song, it’s in the queue. That said, SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. I’M NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE DEMO SUBMISSIONS. I got enough to last me a while. If you wanted to submit but missed the boat, sorry. But also realize you will have a chance again. You just have to wait.
Anyway, the reviews work like so: I do a brief write up then arbitrarily rate your music from 1-10 in these categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

And that’s that.
This week’s batch starts off pretty bad but , towards the middle/end, it actually picks up nicely. Let’s check it and don’t forget to vote for your favorite demo at the end.

Artist: Sacral Crown
Song:Too faced


On one hand, it’s a decent , evolving spaced out vibe but I can’t say the parts that blend into one another really work for me. There is nothing really connecting one part to the next, tonally. They aren’t out of key or anything, they just don’t really compliment each other. Also, some of the drum sounds are pretty lame sounding. There’s some good ideas buried in here. I just don’t think it was executed particularly well.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:N/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Jumpship
Song:Masked faced


The beat is totally whatever. It’s just there. That said, clearly, this song was made for the vocals to be at the forefront. The rapper is skilled and definitely has a strong political angle. He kinda sounds like a newscaster doing double time raps to me. Something about the delivery was kinda funny to me. He can rap but it’s like he was putting emphasis on on the wrong words. At least he wasn’t doing that awful breathless style people continue to try and make happen.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Kobra Bubbles
Song: Ambrosial


Is this like easy listening dub step? They play this in the chill room at the rave? Still got that wamp but in a way more pleasant way? Yeah, this is…what that is. At least to my unlearned ears. I never know what to do or say about music like this. It’s situational but I struggle to find when that situation would be. The “wamp” part is hell on earth to me but I’m guessing another person would love it. The mellower part just sounds like the music they play in airports in the future.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Patternapparatus
Song: Flowchart


This may not be my cup of tea ,musically, but at least it’s interesting. Very creative programming that borders on annoying at times but it’s cleverly crafted and I feel as if the producer has discerning taste when it comes to drum sounds and synths. That can go a long way. Even though I don’t wanna really bump this on my own, it’s undeniably well done.
Definite points for creativity as well.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:6.5 out of 10

Artist: Midnight Mosh
Song:Lucy’s fun Ft. Satan


This is a bit of a mess. Beat wise, it started with promise but it sounds like a baby made the drums and it was mixed by someone who hates music. The rapping is just trying too hard while lacking the basic rap skills that every mc requires to succeed. That said, I don’t think that’s on the minds of the rappers very much in the first place. This sounds like the work of some very stoned people. Sadly, it’s not even original cause it sounds like a really lame version of Captain Murphy.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Morris Colossus
Song:Martinis made of tears


I swear, after the demo’s I’ve had to sit though today , hearing a good rapper is like a flash of bright light. This dude is pretty dope. He’s got all the basics covered. I’d definitely like to hear him on a different kinda track. This minimal Ka like shit is cool but it doesn’t really get to show what he sounds like over…i dunno…drums. But, whatever, best rapper I’ve had in these demo reviews in a long time. That alone makes me smile.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:7 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Pepe
Song:Only lovers left alive


This is pretty cool. The transitions are a little clunky and the drums are a touch dry but the ideas are here. Nice sample editing. More than anything, this shows potential. This guy is not quite there yet, skill wise, but he’s well on his way. In a few years, I can see his focus sharpening and finding a really good sound for himself.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Moonrunner
Song: Long Nights


This is quintessential emotional instrumental music pulled of well. It builds, goes places and resolves. It’s very nicely put together, on all fronts. I like the break and it’s got a cool “melodic wall of sound” thing going for it. My only gripe with it is that it’s something that’s been done to death for years but that doesn’t mean it’s bad at all. Just nothing new.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Lucid optics
Song: Mind of psilocybin


I did not expect a rapper to pop in there. I was already to be like “This is definitely someone on mushrooms making beats”. I can still say that but it’s amazing how much a rapper will improve a beat for me. So, yeah, the beat is actually good as a track for an mc to rap on. The rapper is very solid. I don’t love his voice but he can rap without question. Abstract white guy rapz done well.
I gotta say, the beats and rhymes actually marry very nicely.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Noir
Song: Dinner with Noir


I can’t help but think this is play on “Dinner with blockhead”, only cause it’s sampling a very similar kind of music as I did…maybe even the same song. That would be a funny. Anyway, this is solid but nothing too special. Very dramatic but in that classical music kinda way that has been done to death by now. It’s done well on a technical level but feels a touch stiff overall.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

So, what do you think?

8 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 57

  1. It’s cool to see how your opinion has improved from one of Lucid’s older tracks to one that’s more recent. Dude is definitely getting better with time.

  2. Been stuck on Cult Favorite, Armand Hammer, and anything Billy Woods/Elucid in general. I feel like Morris Colossus could jump in with those dudes and kill it. Digging his whole album so far. Wish he would’ve submitted a different track though. Ella is dope. Anyway…GO SAINTS!!!

  3. “I’m worth my weight in blow”

    That and the kennedy line at the end stuck out, dudes definitely good.

    P.s. How is your moniker going to be “Noir”? Sounds like someone who just found out what that meant and is like “yo thats ill I bet no one knows what that means” lol.

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