DR OC­TAGON

Moose­bumps: An Ex­plo­ration Into Mod­ern Day Hor­rip­i­la­tion 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - JOHN RObIN­SON

Rude health – kool keith’s al­ter-ego re­turns

Much great ’90s hip-hop rev­elled in myths and per­sonae, and in that faintly sin­is­ter car­toon show was Dr Oc­tagon, the time-trav­el­ling, gy­nae­col­o­gist al­terego of Ul­tra­m­ag­netic MC Kool Keith. His mu­sic di­rected by ace pro­ducer Dan The Au­toma­tor, Oc­tagon could pros­per on his own, hap­pily go in­stru­men­tal (In­stru­men­t­a­lyst, 1996), even sur­vive death. Now, af­ter qual­ity re­cent work with kin­dred spirit MF Doom, this (also fea­tur­ing scratch­ing from QBert) re­turns to the orig­i­nal Oc­tagon team. Au­toma­tor’s cin­e­matic drama pro­vides a stir­ring back­drop for the Doc­tor’s pro­lix self-cel­e­bra­tion, the rib­ald “Polka Dots”, sin­is­ter “Power Of The World” and woozy “Fly­ing Waterbed” par­tic­u­lar high­lights on the heavy­breath­ing, il­le­gally anaes­thetised ride.

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