Event II by Deltron 3030
Whether you know it or not, you’ve been a fan of Deltron 3030 for a very long time. The “alternative hip hop supergroup” is made up three mainstays of the music industry from the past 20+ years: Dan the Automator, producer; Del the Funky Homosapien, rapper; and Kid Koala, DJ. You may or may not be able to recall those names, but you definitely know their songs.
Del, who just happens to be Ice Cube’s cousin, first touched fame back in 1991 with his song “Mistadobalina” (Mr. Bob Dobalina). Dan the Automator has released his own albums since 1989 and has produced acts as varied as Dr. Octagon, DJ Shadow, Ben Lee, Kasabian, and Cornershop (“Brimful of Asha,” anyone?). Kid Koala, DJ extraordinaire, has been recording and performing since 1996. Together, the three of them put together an amazing concept hip-hop album back in 2000 simply called Deltron 3030.
Prior to the launch of that album, Del and Dan had teamed up with Damon Albarn (the lead singer of Blur) on the initial incarnations of what eventually became Gorillaz. After the release of Deltron 3030, Albarn joined Del, Dan, and Koala along with artist Jamie Hewlett to create the first full-length self-titled Gorillaz album, which sold 7+ million copies. That was in 2001.
At that point the Deltron crew split, creating many things separately, all too big separately to concern themselves with reuniting. Until they did. Event II is very much in keeping with the work the group did thirteen years ago. It follows the same dystopian futuristic storytelling, the performance interludes (performed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Lonely Island, and others), as well another slew of amazing guest appearances (Zach De La Rocha, Mike Patton, Damon Albarn) throughout.
If you’ve connected with any of the music or bands mentioned above, then you should check out Event II. It will transport you to two different times at once: the distant future, through Del’s sci-fi storytelling, and to the early years of the 21st century, when you first fell in love with what these guys are capable of. Jump on your hoverboard and ride over to the record store and pick it up.
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