8/10 Marek Customer review, 9th July 2014
Elusive Chicago native Andres Ordonez aka Speckter, releases his debut 12” on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature Label.
Like always, Theo seems to know what is good for you, especially with this mysterious stratospheric sledgehammer. Beginning life in 2006 and handed out to few as a CD-R, “Pipe Bomb” was left in white label limbo. First emerging on one of Theo’s Boiler room sets from 2010, it caused waves of intrigue amongst the heads, before finally being pressed on Sound Signature in 2011.
This dark and murky monster begins as an industrial invention of kicks, hi-hats and factory machinery, reminiscent of a sweaty night at Berghain or long day at work in the motor city. As it slogs on through, we are hit with some deliciously percussive snares a la Omar-S. This begins the ascension into the outer realms – ebbing and flowing into an ethereal bliss, whilst never dropping the relentless kick. With added hand-claps and spacey melodic bleeps - the subtle yet soulful groove surfaces in this punishing assault, reminiscent of Parrish’s own appropriately titled “Space Station”.
“Pipe Bomb” bridges the gap between Detroit and Berlin techno, whilst being deeply rooted in raw Chicago house. Spekter breaks the mold whilst ticking all the boxes – it’ll make you move, but you’re not sure how. One thing is for certain, it’ll leave you lost in deep space.
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