As Stroom approaches 30 releases, a number of distinct strands have emerged from its impeccable tastes, and TRJJ’s Music Compilation: 12 Dances slots neatly into their most precious vein of slow, zoned, and loner obscurities somewhere between the minimal, rhythm-driven slink of Pablo’s Eye, the bedsit blues of Vanderschrick, and the other-place ambience of their Cybe collection. Far as we can tell, TRjj stems from TRIIMusik, “a loose group based in Germany since 1998”. It is practiced collectively with interchanging names and roles, so the full control about disguised authorship would be guaranteed. Everyone involved was set to meet half way. TRjj is a filter for the kinship of many. It's the freedom attained, once you have gotten rid of yourself. This heteronomic practice would be ideal to advocate against reasons which are claimed, biographies that are scripted, economies that are fueled and histories that are written to be recognized as something apparently truly valid and fully finished. Making sterling use of samples ranging from African and American folk to modern free improv, the album spreads out from ether-dream ambient in the introductory Emulation of History (Disguised Drums) to crumpled trip hop recalling Hype Williams on Shadow Expert II, constantly surprising at each turn with subtly mutating backdrops united by a recurring vocalist. We hardly need to stress it, but yep, this is another riddle wrapped up in a dream by Stroom. Hours of pleasure will be had while following its logic.