December 31, 2019
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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-ninth 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 up with Hiroshi Okubo’s “Doctor pepper,” an effervescent J-house tune with bright synths and jazzy piano chords alongside a typical dance beat. Distorted vocal samples, groovy bass, and saxophone round out the offering making for a fun listen. Saso’ “Go around” is also house influenced with its keyboard, jazzy piano chords, and vocal samples. The first part of the tune is bright and fun before transitioning to a more energetic rave style with chopped vocal samples, rock elements. The end result is an interesting blend of styles that makes for an entertaining listen. “Assembling destruction,” by Shinji Hosoe, carries a futuristic and industrial feel to it, particularly in the bass line, while softer synths provide a warmth to the track. Hindi vocals and tense and ominous tones make for a colder touch to the track. The end result is quite enthralling and the melody is superb.
Fumihisa Tanaka’s “Gear Works Again” is done in a drum n’ bass style. It’s a heavy tune with a variety of synths with lots of energy. The opening is a bit on the weaker side, simulating big band brass, but as it progresses, the tune becomes grittier and more industrial in tone. The end result is a largely successful tune that is nicely layered musically as well. The EP closes with “Cold Brew,” by Takahiro Eguchi. This tune definitely is more reminiscent of earlier works by Eguchi for the series. The opening is intoxicating psytrance beats alongside soft bright and vibrant synths that work well to blend with the more uplifting trance aspects of the tune heard as it progresses. The piano melody is absolutely stunning and really conveys a sense of hope. It’s a great way to close the album.
Nanosweep 29 is largely successful. Many of the tunes are reminiscent of older Nanosweep entries, particularly by the veterans of the series, and every track brings a different style to the mix, making for a varied listening experience. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy this entry.
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Posted on May 20, 2020 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on May 20, 2020.