Side A/ 1/ Intro 2/ Only In Darkness - Spectre 3/ Operation Duppy Conquerer 2000 (Special Tactics) - Spectre, Psycho Priest, The Colonel 4/ Hype Flavor - Spectre feat. Sensational Side B/ 1/ Sub Version - Spectre 2/ Elephant, Mosquito - Spectre and Megabyte 3/ Dust To Dust - Spectre 4/ No Prisoners (Techno Animal Remix) - Spectre 5/ The Ill Jazz - Spectre and Megabyte 6/ Last Rites - Spectre feat. Psycho Priest Side C/ 1/ 9th Secret Rule of the Order - Spectre 2/ Thuds Like Scuds - Spectre and Scotty Hard 3/ Nice With Mine - Spectre feat. Sensational 4/ Black Abstract Italiano - Djinji Brown 5/ Sessed Out - Spectre feat. Mr. Dead Side D/ 1/ Get Into This - Spectre feat. Sensational 2/ Freak Accident - The Jungle Brothers 3/ Submission - Slotek 4/ Stolen Moments - Tha Eye All tracks reduced and jinxed by Soectre, Tha ILL Saint Overseen by The Almighty Force That Makes All Things Possible Mastered and cut at D&M Studios Execuive Producer: Tha ILL Saint 1998 - Spectre/WordSound (USA) (CT) 2015 - Pan (Germany), PAN 58.LP (2x12")
Ruff Kutz comes in your choice of different "bio-box" cassette packages (apologies to collectors, I've seen 4 different varieties but there's probably more) and is distinguished only by WordSound's stamp of approval and a Spectre cassette label. Spectre drops in his (possibly pitch-shifted) ultra-low voice to make announcements and guide you through the program from exotic dub to minimal, left-of-center hip hop and back. He definitely adds flavor to the proceedings, considering a lot of them made their appearance originally on respected comps like Macro Dub Infection, Electric Ladyland and Techno Animal vs. Reality. A suitably dark selection of Spectre favorites is included along with some MC's who have 12"s out on his own label. It's not recommended for people who are fanatical about busy, upbeat music - it is mostly stripped to the bone rhythmically. However, the slowed down hallucinogenic effect makes for great listening on hot summer days downtown.
Tom K. Bailey