Good thread idea.
Although they may be a bit after the fact, here are some thoughts (when I finally post mine, please be brutally honest):
@Bob Sounds cool!
The rimshot (?) accompanying the BD does sound a little like click to me.
What might make it a little more varied is to change it to the off-beat (so it sits with the HH) after a break, then change it back after another break.
Also, the fade on the cutoff at the end, would have made for a good break down in the middle of the song - it sounds very final and then, bam! Back in
@milkclerk Nice! Like the way it evolves. Perhaps it’s because of the length you were going for, but the build up doesn’t really pay off/ it doesn’t sound complete, even for a short mix.
@Python The second verse might be enhanced by the addition of something - consider a part that you feel could be removed during the first part of the song and only introduce it after the chorus/ intro to the 2nd verse, a bassier sound would be good for this imo.
@Bcharlie Good and chill - the track achieves its purpose.
I think the drums could have been eq’d a little differently though. They sounded a bit lacklustre (not the playing) and could do with some character e.g. sparkle or grit.
@Monodogue More my kind of thing. I like the initial loop, but found the arp didn’t really fit as I was expecting something more darker melodically, not sure. The pad that comes in towards the 2nd half works great.
@303abuser Can’t find anything to add. The mix sounds fine to me, but I don’t post process my ideas. Nice housey groove man!
@michailof That’s the kind of thing I’d like to do! I’ll be tuned to the suggestions about breaks and builds as well Can definitely hear evolution of ideas in the second version - sounds like you have your builds down more in comparison.
@Padevil High frequencies seem emphasised a bit much for me. And the stereo play with the percussion was too much for me at times. Thoughtful rises and falls though
@Gino Great to hear some vocals! I must admit, they seem to get overpowered at times, especially by the synth bass - which is standout by the way!
Well done all for posting their work