Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation

Dr. Octagon - Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
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Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #539 / 719
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Based on 51 ratings
2018 Ratings: #520
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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Moosebumps is a staunch reminder of why fans fell in love with the trio back in the day. It’s a predictable — yet unapologetically familiar — combination of traditional boom-bap, ethereal melodies and Keith’s descriptive, almost inappropriate sense of humor.

A.V. Club

Moosebumps won’t replace anyone’s copy of Dr. Octagonecologyst, but it’s a worthy addendum to the story.


Similar to sequel albums by other hip-hop oddballs such as Quasimoto and the aforementioned Deltron 3030, Moosebumps tries so hard to replicate the debut that it ends up sounding a bit formulaic, even with an expanded budget and a wider sonic scope. It's still an impressive effort, and worth checking out if you're already a fan, but newcomers absolutely need to hear the original first.

Northern Transmissions
In the first Dr. Octagon record for Kool Keith (Keith Thornton), Dan The Automator and DJ Qbert in some time, it’s less that their time away has damaged their skills but rather their voice. In a record filled with suave flow and production, many sounds feel like they’ve been done times over and lyrics can float between brilliant and outdated.

Like Wu-Tang revivals and a good pair of Wallabees, Moosebumps will make aging hip-hop fans very happy. But new listeners are unlikely to come running at the good doctor’s call.


Kool Keith and Dan The Automator sound old ... But more importantly, they sound tired. This could work to their advantage if it was in a self-referential and thematic way like Danny Brown’s Old, but instead you have dude’s in their 40s trying to replicate something they did 20 years ago. And that’s not to say Moosebumps is a bad record, it’s simply a more polished rehash of a fantastic record from another time.

The Skinny

It’s a collection that feels like it could have been comprised of ideas made around the same time as Dr. Octagonecologyst, filled with lightning-fast hip-hop record scratching, blending grand beats and synths with a variety of genre-smashing elements.

Spectrum Culture

Hearing them reunited after 20 years, it’s hard not to wish they had done something more unhinged and unfettered by expectations—something, in other words, more like Dr. Octagonecologyst was in 1996, and less like it is in 2018.

Oh shit there's still a horse in the hospital!
I would say that this didn't age well, but since it came out in 2018, this albums sound is just dated as hell.
(It has it's moments, but overall it fails to be interesting.)

best: Octagon Octagon, Polka Dots, Area 54
Moosebumps provides a lot of what any abstract hip hop fan would enjoy, mainly in their unique beats and hard hitting flows. Dr. Orange creates a fun atmosphere of high energy songs making you want to get up and do something with your day. At the same time, the flows are awkward, sometimes it feels like 10 words are trying to be fit in the space of 1. A couple of songs and most choruses are near perfect, but the rest feels like a bit of a traffic jam of vocabulary that you are distracted by as ... read more
Dr Octagon returns to the scene of the crime after so many years that his one and only concern, or is it hope, consists on reconstructing the same crime, using a forgetful mind and a damaged memory.
Moosebumps easily exceeds the expectations for a new Dr. Octagon project. This group has nothing to prove at this point: they have a wholly unique, completely untouchable weirdo-rap classic under their belt. However, this new release is a ton of fun to listen to. Keith just spouts off with abandon while Dan the Automator holds down the fort underneath by successfully sounding like one of the only boom-bap producers left who still enjoys what he does. The DJ scratches are a fun throwback, as ... read more
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Track List

  1. Octagon Octagon
  2. Polka Dots
  3. Black Hole Son
  4. Power of the World (S Curls)
  5. Operation Zero
  6. Bear Witness IV
  7. Area 54
  8. Flying Waterbed
  9. 3030 Meets the Doc, Pt. 1
  10. Karma Sutra
  11. Hollywood Tailswinging
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