on 1 November 2000
When Automator and Kool Keith (Or Sinister 6000, or Dr Dooom or Keith Turbo or whoever the hell he is this week!) get together, it's bound to be something groundbreaking. Dr Octagon was, and so is this. It must be hard for Automator, because the hip-hop world actually expects his work to be off-key and groundbreaking. We are not disapointed here. With great verses from Neph the Madman and Poet, not particularly well-known emcees, but emcees who Automator obviously chose carefully. Keith is tight as ever, but with no specific persona to theme his lyrics, he is allowed to run free. "Cartoon Capers" is a tune where just how bizarre Keith and Dan are really shows through. "Sleep" as a straight instrumental cut is very atmospheric, any other title wouldn't suit this track. "King of NY"- more great straight-up hip-hop. There are certain tracks where you would swear it was produced by Rza, with the classical-style samples over hard beats, but the album overall is defining of Automator's work. With Q-bert (Of Hip-hop crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz) doing scratches (As on Dr Octagon) to perfection this album is a perfect showcase for the deranged genius. It's simple - buy this, buy Octagon, buy Handsome Boy, These people are gifted.