Hi there and welcome to another edition of “Demo reviews”. You people sent me your music so I could sit on my throne and tell you what I think. It’s not really fair and I have no better opinion that the next guy but, hey, you asked for it so here it is. I’m not currently accepting submissions but, when I am, I’ll announce it. Keep an eye out for that, all budding musicians who might wanna get taken down a peg. Anyway, this section works like so: i write a paragraph or two about the song then arbitrarily rate it from 1-10 in these categories Production Vocals Listenability Originality That’s it. This weeks batch is actually pretty decent all around. Which is nice cause it makes me hate doing this a little less. Artist:Funky Kobe Song: Spacing out While this is nothing I’d ever really sit down and listen to I’m not mad at it all. In fact, of all the live instrument songs I’ve ever gotten this is easily the best one. It’s a jazzy free for all. Smooth, well arranged and the players are all solid. This would kill at a hippie music festival. Production:7 out of 10 Vocals:n/a Listenability:6 out of 10 Originality:5 out of 10 Artist: Skope Mc Song: Black and white It’s no secret I don’t love most rap I hear coming from places outside of North America. In the case of this song, it’s not so much the accent or the language but the flow. Dude is kinda all over the place. Sounds like a BBC news anchor reading the news to a beat. Only thing I can compare it to is The Streets (yeah, my knowledge of UK rap is that thin) and I never liked The Streets. Also, there’s something strange about hearing british dude rap about USA based cop/minority relations. It’s not bad, just weird. The Production is not bad but also kinda grating at times. Production:4.5 out of 10 Vocals:4 out of 10 Listenability:4 out of 10 Originality:4.5 out of 10 Artist: Cap’n Cook Song: Loose ends This guy hashtagged “Calms casino” on his song, which makes me think this is a Clams Casino beat. It makes sense, cause it’s a dope beat. It also pisses me off cause one of the first rules of demo reviews is to not use other peoples beats. I want all original material. So, if someone knows this to be a clams casino beat, lemme know. I’mma review as it’s an original just to be fair… So, yeah, it’s a really good beat. Airy. HEAVILY Clams influenced. Dope drums, nice progressions. Well done, if this is indeed your beat. Production:7.5 out of 10 Vocals:n/a Listenability:7 out of 10 Originality:3 out of 10 Artist: Illumneye crew song: Skyfall Nice production. Sounds like a sample I’d use. It’s well mixed and clean over all. I appreciate the change ups. It’s crucial to a song with 3 rappers on it. The rapping is solid but not incredibly interesting. None of them are wack but none of them are really making me want to check any more of the music. This is probably the kinda rap group I would have been in now if I was 20 years younger and rapped. So don’t feel bad. Production:6 out of 10 Vocals:5 out of 10 Listenability:5.5 out of 10 Originality:3.5 out of 10 Artist: Approach Song:S.P.S.9 I was ready to hate this beat when it started. The synth sounds set off all sorts of red flags but it actually is not bad. This is pretty much as good as you can make this kinda beat sound. Tastefully done. The rapping starts off a little slow but, by the end, I was into it. His slight speech impediment actually adds some character to it. Not bad at all. Production:6 out of 10 Vocals:5.5 out of 10 Listenability:6 out of 10 Originality:4.5 out of 10 Artist: Jepein song: smoik fralle pax Slow plodding synth track. It does what it’s supposed to do but it’s not anything I’d ever wanna replay. It would make a decent movie score though. It’s not badly made at all. In fact, it’s quite well done. But, yeah, I don’t know what to with this kinda song. Drive down a dark road to it? Is that a genre? It probably should be. Production:6 out of 10 Vocals:n/a Listenability:5 out of 10 Originality:4.5 out of 10 Artist: Endemic MC Song: Endemic to the music I kinda like this guys voice. It’s got that white voice problem but it somehow works. He’s got presence. So that’s good.It certainly helps carry what are otherwise not exceptional rhymes. The hook is corny but , hey, what can you do? The beat is not very good. It’s well mixed and the drums are good but every musical element is just not enjoyable. It’s not atonal but it might as well be. Production:4 out of 10 Vocals:5.5 out of 10 Listenability:4.5 out of 10 Originality:4.5 out of 10 Artist: Byron Hyperion Song: Ethereal Demise THis has the sound of somehow who’s been doing beats for a few years and is just on the verge of finding their sound…but they’re not quite there yet. It’s not bad it’s just kinda boring. The talent is there though. I’d bet , in a year, this person will be making infinitely better music. So that’s good. Production:4.5 out of 10 Vocals:n/a Listenability:4.5 out of 10 Originality:4.5 out of 10 So, what do you think?