Reviewed by Christopher Coletti, Fri., March 14, 2003
SpettroZero Degrees, Thursday, March 13
All it took was "a little pop-pop and boom-boom" for smooth selectah/San Antone native DJ Spettro to shift the party into gear as a powerful precursor to a night of bass-laden electronics. The swanky spinner started the set by warming up the tables and mood with a funky foundation of basic bumps and basslines before progressing to a replenished groove focused on pushing the reluctant spectators into early movement. Once the tables and speakers were red-hot, a barrage of aggressive high-treble breaks were unleashed in a cyclical manner as the beat was extracted down to the minimalist undertoned bone and countered by down-deep basslines that set the soiree into full effect. Focused on getting the room undulating, Spettro provided instructional overlays to direct those left feet and swing all the lovely booties back and forth. The crowd began to build, the movement paralleled by an emerging rhythm highlighted by jazzy hip grooves and versatile vocal snippets from recognizable sources. With a self-produced "Ghetto Blaster" finale, Spettro took Mobb Deep vocals from frontman Prodigy and twisted them into a foreign terrain of beat-forward electronica full of rolling rhythms and poppin' percussive clanks. As Austin's capable Coy West took the reigns of rotating rhythms, the steaming sound was easily established.