Dr. Octagon — the classic and classically twisted hip-hop project — announced a comeback album last month. Due April 6, Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is the first LP from the original trio lineup of Kool Keith, producer Dan the Automator, and DJ Qbert in more than 20 years.
The new set is billed as the “true sequel” to 1996’s seminal Dr. Octagonecologyst. (Keith recorded an actual sequel, 2006’s The Return of Dr. Octagon, without his former cohorts.)
Upon the pronouncement, Dr. Octagon released a new song “Octagon Octagon.” But now EW is pushing another track from the project, “Area 54,” out the door. With a quaking instrumental, eerie sci-fi sound effects, and Keith’s outlandish rhymes, the cut conjures the iconic sounds of Dr. Octagonecologyst. And, no, you’re not imagining it: “Area 54” might sound familiar to fans of Comedy Central’s Typical Rick, which features some of the song as its theme.
“Area 54 is the greatest disco in the galaxy,” Dan the Automator said in a statement. “The things we ‘haven’t’ seen there…”
And if that sounds far out to you, then you should check out the guest spots on the full set, which include Gary Holt from Slayer on “Karma Sutra”; Paul Banks of Interpol on “Flying Waterbed”; and Dan the Automator linking again with his Handsome Boy Modeling School cohort Del the Funkee Homosapien on “3030 Meets Dr. Octagon.”
Hear “Area 54” and stayed tuned for Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation.