Boomkat Product Review:
Andres Ordonez a.k.a. Specter rolls out his hypnotic definition of beatdown house on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature some 8 years after the bossman first broke Specter’s ‘Pipe Bomb’ killer on Boiler Room
Running to 9 tracks on the vinyl - 1 track less than the tape, 1 more than the CD editions - ‘Built To Last’ firmly makes up for Specter’s absence from the release schedule since the ‘Circus Time / Concrete Jungle’ session in 2015.
Approached as an album proper, Specter takes the opportunity to reveal new aspects of his style along with more familiar vibes. Kicking off with the signature mid-tempo hustle and slompy groove of ‘What Else You Do’, he veers into droning acidic abstraction with ‘Magnets On Wood’, before touching on a sort of Afro-cubist style recalling Jamal Moss in ‘Tamarindo’ and slopes off into sub-100bpm cumbia drowse on ‘3000 Years’.
From here on the trip only becomes more expansive as he wiggles from the sozzled triplets of ‘Jaws Of Life’ thru the balmy deep house atmosphere of ‘Not New To This’, and the dubbed out skank of ‘Fifty Fifty’, leading to the trippy slow pump of ‘Hunchback’.
RIYL Theo Parrish, DJ Python, Rick Wilhite, Jamal Moss