Ziggy Devriendt, AKA Nosedrip, has long mined the fringes of electronic music for curiosities new and old. Keeping that tradition alive, the Belgian has assembled a 10-track compilation of material recorded by trailblazing Latvian multi-instrumentalist Ingus Baušķenieks, set for release on his Stroom label later this summer. Following the new age ambient of Jason Kolàr and an excavation of dreamlike compositions by the now-defunct Belgian collective, Pablo’s Eye, it’s another stunning addition to the Stroom back-catalogue for 2018.
The product of a forward-thinking attitude towards innovating with technology and maximising the potential of his own artistic expression, Spoki is a deeply charming, intimate, but inescapably otherworldly listening experience. Ebullient and evocative, the fusion of reggae, synth-pop and ambient doesn’t shy away from acknowledging its “pop influences” – the liner notes cite Engelbert Humperdinck, Simon & Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac as some of Baušķenieks’ key influencers. Recorded between 1988 and 2011, Baušķenieks’ music explores a landscape both familiar and strange.
Spoki is out August 6th on Stroom – pre-order direct from the label.