Boomkat Product Review:
Stroom 〰 win big again with reissue of DJ Bert & Eagle’s little-known, cult Belgian organ 7” I Am Your Master / Import, newly restored, remastered and re-cut to 12” for the DJs and collectors.
Known to belgo-philes as an early example of the crossover between Italo-disco and Belgian dance music, call it Belgalo if you will, was the first release by Christoff Wybouw, who would go on to make some A-grade New Beat and early rave techno in his time.
The A-side’s Import is a natty beauty rolling out cascading arpeggios on a jazz organ that was purportedly also played by Arnold Schwarzenegger prior to purchase by Wybouw’s mum’s nursing home. Whatever, it’s a maaad bit of popcorn dance music, perching Wybouw’s dubbed-out, Dracula-inspired lyrics on a proper perky little groove certain to light up any wayward ‘floor.
On the B-side, I Am Your Master goes one step beyond with a more hypnotic, sleepwalking sorta groove possessed by minor key drones and fetishistic lyrics. Again, it’s very Belgian-sounding and brooding in that off key, sizzled style that we absolutely love around these parts.
And if you’re really feeling it, then it’s also worth looking out for the DJ Savio and Peet Need edit on Red Laser Records’ EP2…