Latvia has been a goldmine for the Stroom project. Following on from that much-loved NSRD collection, this new compilation, Spoki (Ghosts), showcases the peripheral demented pop genius of Ingus Baušķenieks. Prolific and well-known in his home country both for solo work and his band, Dzeltenie Pastnieki, this record - culled from the years 1988-2011 - might taste of bubblegum, but closer inspection reveals a visionary/crackpost assemblage of dubbed-out vocal samples, fx and all kinds of unruly tape manipulation and looping. which tells the real story of a visionary dating back to his first records in 1979. It's full of unconscious Balearic and synth-pop signifiers, but the sheer insanity running down the spine of this record prevents it falling into the realm of full-on Pyjama Music - the heavy basslines and electronics owe just as much to EBM, new beat, and at its most extreme ('Trīsi, Trīsi, Sikspārnīt..') Spoki is more reminiscent of Laibach than the Fourth World fluff you might be primed for. A gloriously unpredictable and enlightening record, and, like the Cybe and the Vazz, this is one of the entries in the Stroom catalogue you absolutely need.