December 29, 2017
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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 twenty-fifth original album and features compositions by Hiroshi Okubo, Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Fumihisa Tanaka, and Takahiro Eguchi. How does this album fare as a whole?
The album opens with Fumihisa Tanaka’s “Fine steak,” a hardcore techno theme that is reminiscent of the SamplingMasters style at times. It’s a very energetic tune that can be a bit chaotic, thanks to the various gabber elements thrown into the mix. The result is exhilarating, but may not be for everyone. Takahiro Eguchi’s “Combat Frame” is a fantastic tune full of soft electronic tones, glitchy drums, vocal samples that are reminiscent of robotic combat games, and boasts a beautiful acoustic melody and some underground drum n’ bass vibes to create both moments of tension and a great atmosphere. Ayako Sasos “Trippy charm” is a fun dance tune with reggae vocal samples and bright synth melodies. It isn’t her strongest Nanosweep tune, but it does give off a nice energy.
“Red omnidirectional,” by Shinji Hosoe, feautres light drum n’ bass elements, bright crystalline synths, vocal samples, and lots of glitchy distortion. It gives off a very Ridge Racer vibe to it and the combination of soft and heavy elements serves as a nice contrast. The album closes with “Look at Me,” a future bass tune that is my personal favorite on the release. Excellent production values, an exquisite melody that boasts some light pop elements and male/female vocals that, despite being electronically manipulated to sound more inorganic, provide a surprising warmth.
Nanosweep 25 is an enjoyable listen from start to finish. There is plenty of variety on the album and while it may not be their strongest album, it doesn’t disappoint either. Fans of the ongoing series will certainly find something to enjoy here.
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Posted on March 23, 2018 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on March 23, 2018.