Nanosweep 22

 ns22-image Album Title:
Nanosweep 22
Record Label:
Nanosounds, Supersweep
Catalog No.:
Release Date:
August 14, 2016
Buy at Sweep Record


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 twenty-second original album and features compositions by Fumihisa Tanaka, Ayako Saso, Shinji Hosoe, Ryo Watanabe, and Takahiro Eguchi. How does this album fare as a whole?


The album opens with Fumihisa Tanaka’s “Sunday idiot,” a dance tune with a rap track over it. As it progresses, it moves into a more happy hardcore style with some ethereal synth sections. The end result is an extremely catchy piece of music, although the transitions featured throughout the piece are a bit abrupt and could have been handled a bit smoother, in my opinion. Saso’s “goes around in circles” is another dance tune featuring catchy beats and a nice progression with a bit of an industrial tone as well. Like “Sunday idiot,” it, too, features a rap track, but is much more laughable, especially in terms of lyrics. There are also Saso staple vocal samples with modified pitch that fit the tune a bit better.

 Shinji Hosoe’s “Neutralized report” is a dark, tense electronic tune that is quite atmospheric. It is more reminiscent of his older Nanosweep tunes but isn’t a super distinct piece of music either. Ryo Watanabe’s “Katia” doesn’t offer much in terms of variety with its house style, but it does give a lounge vibe and features some brass hits as well. Lastly, Takahiro Eguchi’s “rainbow” ends the album quite beautiful. It’s an extremely atmospheric piece featuring ethereal synths, beautiful piano lines, light percussion, and a spacey, futuristic vibe.


In the end, Nanosweep22 manages to provide a variety of styles with various success in terms of execution. Fans of the series will certainly find something to enjoy and it’s nice hearing different styles from some of the artists. Striking is the absence of Hiroshi Okubo once more, but perhaps he’ll return for Nanosweep23. 

Nanosweep 22 Don Kotowski

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Posted on September 19, 2016 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on September 19, 2016.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.

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