December 29, 2018
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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-seventh 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 Hiroshi Okubo’s “Your Hands Up,” a house tune that incorporates vocal samples of the song title. Atmospheric synths are ever present, but during the sections without any accompaniment beat, they help give the tune a more ethereal feel. The beat itself is quite infectious and the end result is a fun tune, even if the vocal samples do overstay their welcome a bit. “Enough momentum,” by Shinji Hosoe, features sharp piano hits and atmospheric synths in the intro before making its way into a Hindi male vocal sample and a bubblier vibe alongside a fun accompanying beat. It’s a tune that has a nice blend of synth and vocal samples and is much like his approach to music he makes for various rhythm games. Ayako Saso’s “Your mockery,” features her signature techno rave style and blends it with great build ups, fun breakdowns, and gritty electronic components. Its variety of vocal samples also help keep it fresher and the changes in tone as it progresses helps keep the piece a bit more dynamic.
Fumihisa Tanaka’s “Infinite Respawn” is a high speed electronic tune reminiscent of a racing game soundtrack. Bright synths and a trance feel give it an exhilarating touch while the softer ethereal sections help give it some textural contrast. The end result is an excellent tune that would be welcome on Bandai Namco’s signature racing series. The album closes with Takahiro Eguchi’s “Good morning,” an intense hard techno tune with vocal samples. It’s a bit repetitive in nature, including the vocal samples, but it is exhilarating and does feature an interesting percussion rhythm at times. It, too, has a rhythm game vibe to it. It’s not one of his strongest tunes, but it is certainly enjoyable, especially during the more percussion heavy sections.
Nanosweep 27 is another release that is largely positive. While some tunes rely a bit more on similar vocal samples that drag it down a bit amidst catchy and fun rhythms, others manage to incorporate vocal samples in a more wide-ranging way. The varied electronic approach is also consistent with the series and fans of the series will be able to hear more recognizable styles by the composers while tunes by the newer composers are as diverse as their contributions have been in the past.
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Posted on May 22, 2019 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on May 22, 2019.