Demo Reviews Vol. 75

Hello and welcome to another edition of “Demo reviews” you guys sent me songs and wanted my opinion. well, guess what? You got it. For better or for worse.
I’m accepting submissions. Are you a budding rapper or producer? Well, now is you chance to let people other than your friends hear your shit as well as have me, a complete stranger possibly tell you it sucks. Before submitting, YOU MUST read the rules. Read THIS the proceed. I’m very strict about this so don’t waste both of our time.
The reviews work like so: I write a paragraph or two on what I think then arbitrarily rate the songs from 1-10 in the categories

That’s about it. Let’s see what we got this week.

Artist: Ghost the garden
Song: Neptune’s Nose Blood

This one is a slow burn. The build up is long but deliberate. It’s tightly crafted and all the sounds used are tasteful. I’m not sure what mood this fits but it’s something. I feel as though whoever made this knows what they are doing which is rare around these parts. Musically, it’s not my cup of tea personally but undeniably well done.
Production:7.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:6 out of 10

Artist: Prelusive
song: Lost in Thought

This is a good example of someone taking a sample and playing around with it and a really effective way. The original piano loop is awesome and the way he/she changes it really elevates the whole track. The build up is nice to. I don’t know if it has much direction, sequence wise, but that’s a minor complaint. I like some of the drums (the snare) but other aspects of them I’m not wild about. Regardless, it’s a a job well done. Definitely could have been about 2 minutes shorter though.
Production:7 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Lucky punch
song: To all my peoples ft. salmon arms

This brings those 1997 drums and the 1997 cuts. I’m not mad at that but the DJ Premier influence is strong on this one. There are some variations but this is pretty much just a beat. I was kinda hoping a rapper would start in at some point. Definitely a good beat for that.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Possible Address
Song: Ode to Marclay

This is also just a beat fancied up to pass of as a “song”. One change up, and outro and a vocal sample does not a song make. Overall, it’s pretty boring. The change up is cool but the starting part doesn’t really draw me in. I feel like there is potential in this producer though.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Sporasia
Song: Waiting for you

A song with raps! Jesus…this week was starting to bum me out, even thought it’s been high quality thus far.
Well, sadly, this is not the rap I was hoping to hear. The beat is amateur and uninteresting. It’s not the worst but it’s just kinda there. The rapping means well but it’s extremely rough around the edges. I’ve never been a fan of raps that sound like someones love letter to someone else or a diary installment. But more than that, the voice and the flow are just not there yet. I feel like that’s gotta catch up to his writing.
Production:4 out of 10
vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Jonathan Brown
Song: Nobody

I would like to advise against the accapella intro unless you have an REALLY good, powerful voice. This guys voice is not bad but not THAT good. Just a thought.
It kinda sets the table oddly cause when he starts rapping over the beat the mix sounds weird. Like it was recorded live or something.
That aside, the beat is cool. Sounds like a band. The rapper is solid. He’s a touch wistful and angst-y and that’s not my bag but there are plenty of people who like this kind of vibe and his energy feels authentic.
Production:5.5 ouf 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Scam Syllable
Song:The greatest Trick

This is a weird little electro sounding track. Sounds a bit flimsy. The mix is kinda shitty , to be honest and the drums are bad stock sounds. Like, replace these drums with really dope ones and this track is 100% different. That said, some of the music is interesting and, if sharpened up could be pretty good.
Also, skip the “usual suspects” samples. That shit is beyond played out.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Song:Champions Ft. Dinero baggs

Maybe it’s cause i’ve been wanting to hear rap this week but this feels good. It’s not even that good but it’s a feeling I was looking for. The beat is solid but , overall, kinda generic. There are little parts that are cool but then the snare is a little meh. Still, not mad at it.
The rappers aren’t reinventing the wheel but they do their thing. The energy of the song is kinda better then the song as a whole.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 75

  1. I agree with most of your feedback. I think that after your advice they would be more solid. Some are would be okay as in between tracks in a compilation containing more stand-out mixes. I like some of the more ambient ones like Neptune’s Nose Bleed and Prelusive, but they need more texture like some of my favorite constructions by Lusine, “Autopilot” or Casino vs. Japan “Luton”. I picked Ode to Marclay as my favorite because it reminds me of DJ Krush who is my DJ hero. Still, it needs something added to bring out the style and signature of the maker, the way he does. Nothing sounds truly owned in most of these submissions. They are all well on their way though and it’s really brave to send them in to Blockhead for review. It was really fun to listen to and helpful for me as a music enthusiast and artist to understand more in detail what makes a track good. Thanks and keep going!

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