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Pablo's Eye
Bardo For Pablo

Belgium’s impressive STROOM.tv (Sonoko, Walter Verdin) present their second compilation of work by Axel Leebert’s Pablo’s Eye group. Bardo For Pablo focusses on their ‘90s output - ‘You Have A Yearning For Perfection’ dates from ‘95, ‘Prepare For The Others To Follow’ came a year after, and the other four takes here are unreleased tracks from a year after that. It’s a collection of cerebral techno ambiences - like a more clinical version of The Orb, or the sort of retrograde lilts Actress tried to create on AZD.

Ruins
Occasional Visits

Happy Valentine’s Day from Belgium’s excellent Stroom Records (Pablo’s Eye, DJ Bert & Eagle). The label’s latest drop is a superb collection of early minimal wave/synth-pop from Venetian group Ruins. Active between 1978 and 1985, the group turned out a run of highly evocative Italo LPs during their time together. Occasional Visit collects eight of the best tunes they set to tape between 1981 and 1984. You can imagine a young David Lynch getting lost in these when they first came out.
  • Vinyl LP (STREP-023)
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Patrick Selinger
Businessmen

1988 selection from Antwerp gets released by Belgium’s impressive Stroom imprint. Patrick Selinger didn’t make many records in his youth - it would appear that he gave up composing for piano-playing. That’s a shame, because if Businessmen is anything to go by then he had real talent. The title track is a piece of muted, foggy New Beat that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys on a comedown.
  • Vinyl 12" (STR12-016)
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48 Cameras
Chosen Songs

48 Cameras are a musical collective spread throughout Belgium, UK and Netherlands. Their music is varied and due to the way they work, some members have never even met each other. This has been going on since 1984. Martyn Bates of Eyeless in Gaza, Andy Cairns of Therapy? and Swans Michael Gira have all played their part in the project in the past. Chosen Songs looks like it may be a retrospective of their best moments. LP on Stroom.
  • Vinyl LP (STRLP-019)
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Pablo's Eye
Dark Matter

Third part in an anthology series that celebrates the work of Belgian group Pablo’s Eye. ‘Dark Matter’ is a music of hulking grooves buried amidst the haze, connecting multiple strands of the 90s dance explosion. The 12-track archival compilation is being put out by the label STROOM, this trilogy hopefully pulling the project out of historical obscurity.  
  • Vinyl LP (STRLP-022)

Pablo's Eye
Spring Break

Belgium’s STROOM.tv have proved themselves a natty little label over the past couple of years. Their run of unearthing some leftfield electronica gems continues with a release from long-running experimental ambient project Pablo’s Eye. Spring Break compiles eight tracks from down the years, some of which date back to the 90s. This is curious music, evasive yet inviting in a manner which recalls Hype Williams.

Ingus Baušķenieks
Spoki

Knives, shoes, guitars and . . . pens? Interesting album art. Spoki (or Ghosts for us who don't happen to speak Latvian) is a collection of sound art and experimental noise, taking the sound away from what Ingus Bauškenieks is perhaps better known for: being the bass guitarist in Dzeltenie Pastnieki. Available on vinyl LP and released on Stroom.   
  • Vinyl LP (STRLP 015)
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Annelies Monsere
Happiness Is Within Sight

Gent, Belgium-based Annelies Monseré (Luster, Zent One) hops over to STROOM〰 for new album Happiness is Within Sight. Drifting over an implied theme of great loss, Monseré utilises various instruments, electronics and her own voice to create a kind of wilting, modern ambient songwriting style that suggests a crisper, more electronics-orientated Grouper.
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Vazz
Submerged Vessels and Other Stories

Here the Stroom label have gone through Scottish duo Vazz’s recordings, and compiled a load of their unreleased tracks and instrumentals. Mixing post-punk and ethereal/experimental electronics, the duo made up of Hugh Small and Anna Howson created richly unique music that would fit next to Dead Can Dance in their crossover genre blending.
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NSRD
NSRD

A brilliant step into the avant garde from Latvian group NSRD. It sort of takes a cue from the 80s French avant prog scene but there's a lo-fi electronic element that's more in step with Haruomi Hosono too. Either way it's full of bizarre sonic switches, sudden grooves and a constant threat of total madness.

Jason Kolar
Modified PerspectiveS

Perhaps the perspectives in Jason Kolar’s Modified Perspectives are the underlying instruments (vibraphone, guitar, piano etc.) that are modified through the heavy use of deepwater reverb, ambient processing and synthesis? Or perhaps the modification is applied to your own everyday perspectives through listening to Modified Perspectives? Either way, this is a good record.
  • Vinyl LP (STRLP 013)

Walter Verdin
Voor Adeline

Belgium’s Stroom.tv (Sonoko, DJ Bert & Engle) front a previously-unreleased soundtrack LP from Walter Verdin. Best known for his work in Belgian wave group Pas de deux, Verdin composed this music for Theater De Kreet’s 1981 musical Adeline. There’s very little of the traditional musical theatre sound though. Post-punk, synthwave, Italo-Disco and more bring to bare here. Some of it sounds like Grace Jones meeting Bauhaus. "Een Fantastisch Nieuw Muziektheater" indeed.
  • Vinyl LP (STREP 011)
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Keysha / FG's Romance
Stop It! / What Is Love Today

Stroom are kicking off their series of annual releases to celebrate Valentines Day. The a-side is Keysha's completely smitten sounding 'Stop It', while the b-side features FG's Romance asking the big questions. The bigger question though is will they make it to year two? Or will it end in heartbreak? 

Jan Van Den Broeke
11000 Dreams

A compilation of the music of Jan Van Den Broeke, spread across several of his projects: June11, Absent Music, The Misz. 1100 Dreams highlights Jan as a low-key maestro of synthesiser music, with a preference for new-agey ambience as well as synth-wave quasi-pop. 1100 Dreams is an LP with bonus downloadable tracks, on Stroom.
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Sonoko
Les Anges, Les Bonheurs

Having made a little ripple with her appearance on Crammed Discs’ second It’s A Crammed Crammed World! compilation, Japanese artist Sonoko sees some of her archival tracks re-released here by Stroom!. Recorded while studying in Paris in the early 2000s, the four pieces of electronica and piano music here have a quaint, faintly kitsch quality that recalls the work Saint Etienne were doing around the same time. This aspect is only accentuated by Sonoko’s spoken-word interjections.

NSRD
The Workshop For The Restoration Of Unfelt Feelings

An exemplary retrospective of the rather busy 1980s release schedule of Latvian underground experimentalists NSRD (or Nebijušu Sajūtu Restaurēšanas Darbnīca, of which this release’s title, The Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings, is a translation). Appearing on vinyl for the first time, this newly-remastered selection gives quite an overview of the band’s peculiar and inventive oeuvre, which ranges from rather bleak new wave to experimental synth beds for spoken-word pieces.

DJ Bert & Eagle
I Am Your Master

Original pressings of this rare-as-hen’s-teeth two-track go for well over £100 on Discogs. A good thing, then, that the people at Stroom have seen fit to give it a remaster and re-press it to picture disc. These two bits of 80’s synthwave from the oddball Belgian duo are by turns spooky and funny, sort of like if The Rocky Horror Picture Show had been scored by Bauhaus.

Cybe
Tropisch Verlangen

Killer sound materials here from Cybe, who travelled with open ears to Eastern countries (Bali, Thailand, India etc.) in the 80’s. Inspired by travel and using some of the instruments and sounds he’d discovered along the way, Cybe made Tropisch Verlangen and then left it maturing for decades on dusty cassette tapes. Now released by Stroom!

Alain Neffe
An Introduction Into The Insane World Of Alain Neffe

Alain Neffe played in so many different acts and contexts that this compilation of his stuff looks like an overview of a whole scene. He was a key part of the weirder side of Belgium’s New Wave scene, playing as Bene Gesserit, Human Flesh, Pseudo Code… and An Introduction Into The Insane World Of Alain Neffe delivers on its promise. LP release on Stroom.