David Browne
June 06, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dr. Octagonecologyst

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dr. Octagon
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an C

Rap’s power may lie in its rhymes, but don’t tell that to Dr. Octagon. Like fellow West Coast sound collagist DJ Shadow, DJ Dan Nakamura (a.k.a. Automator, half of Dr. Octagon) punches up beats and then layers anything musical — flutes, turntable scratches, metal guitars, Pachelbel’s Canon — over them. The result (first released in 1996 on an indie) is instrumental hip-hop that’s beautiful, creepy, and compelling, sometimes all at once. Stick with Instrumentalyst, though. Dr. Octagonecologyst, the same tracks but with the inane, often gruesome raps of Kool Keith, is an appointment worth missing. C

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