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Dr. Octagon The Return of Dr. Octagon

While some might decry Dan the Automator's lack of participation in the Octagonecologyst's resurrection, it's actually Berlin-based production unit One Watt Sun‘s eclectic beats that make this project worth paying attention to. Not that Kool Keith doesn't rise to the occasion; he delivers some of his best rhymes and most interesting concepts yet on this record (On "Trees," Keith, in his own aloof way, sounds genuinely concerned about deforestation and its effect on oxygen production). Much the same way The Automator‘s productions came out of left field in 1995, One Watt Sun's Gorillaz-meet-Chemical Brothers-in-a-carnival-freakshow beats sound different than anything you'll hear on a rap album this year. Of the three new Kool Keith LPs this summer, this is the one to cop."

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