Interesting approach to songwriting -- forcing yourself to get out of your comfort zone. I think it was a good choice not to compress the drums much this time around. They're already sitting right where they need to in the mix, perhaps even a bit louder than they really need to be. Dynamically, everything is sitting right about where it should. Occasionally the sudden fade-outs in volume do bother me, though.
1:20, I'm not really liking the lead you've chosen. It's a bit thin before 1:45. Same with 1:52. I'd like a stronger sustain and perhaps vibrato.
Great modulations through this piece, though structure feels a bit off. 2:08 I was very perplexed that things seemed to be over already. I would apply some FX, transition noise -- w/e just to keep things going.
2:44, we've got a good driving beat. Bass and leads are a bit loud for the drums to sustain. Here I would have pumped up the compression a bit just to get them standing out again.
3:19, leads still sound too loud. Bass is starting to sound really gridlocked and synthy. I'm curious as to what synth you're using. Previously, it sounded pretty natural with those earlier portamento long tones.
Overall, piece is quite a journey. Perhaps not as polished as it could be, but great for time constraint. Lots of cute little runs and a pleasant unpredictability for the most part that delivers on its promises. Loved it.
Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!