December 31, 2014
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NanoSweep is an ongoing series of original music that was initiated in 2004 by various members of NanoSounds and SuperSweep. It usually features members from each of these companies and occasionally a guest composer. This is the nineteenth original album and features compositions by Fumihisa Tanaka, Takahiro Eguchi, Ayako Saso, Ryo Watanabe, and Hiroshi Okubo. This is the first time that Shinji Hosoe has not been featured on a Nanosweep album since he was too busy at the time to complete a track for the release. How does this album fare as a whole?
The album opens with Fumihisa Tanaka’s “Auto code no hit tea, psy tie,” one of the highlights on the album. There is a great dance vibe with soft synths and dubstep sections to give a nice dynamic flow to the piece. The melody really works with both elements of the piece and makes for a successful tune. Following that, Takahiro Eguchi’s “Cherish her” with its progressive sound. It, too, makes for a nice dance tune. As the track progresses, there is a nice section that drops the beat and features some really ethereal and crystalline synth tones before reincorporating the beat. It’s a fantastic tune and is easily my favorite on the album. Ayako Saso’s “Dodge life” is certainly the quirkiest tune on the release and is probably the tune that I find myself listening to less than the others. There are some jazzy tones, lots of vocal sampling, and some interesting rhythms. However, I find it a bit too discordant with the rest of the album. Some will certainly find enjoyment from it.
In the end, Nanosweep 19 tends to trend a bit on the dance side of things and are, for the most part, enjoyable. However, not all of the tunes are wholly satisfying so the mileage may vary depending on your personal tastes. If you enjoy the samples, it might be worth picking up.
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Posted on April 29, 2015 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on January 17, 2016.