It’s been thirteen long years since the super group DELTRON 3030 (Del The Funkee Homosapien, Dan The Automator, and Kid Koala) released their self titled record that garnished a cult following to backpackers and mainstream Hip Hoppers alike. We have been hearing rumors from the camp for close to a decade that the new record was coming, and with a release date set in October, it looks like fans will have to wait no more. Initially said to be mostly finished in 2005, we have all waited 8 more years to get this final product. It’s not like the three weren’t busy though. Their work with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz has been a priority I’m sure. That success has given the already successful in their own right performers a huge step up on the ladder, and it’s great to see them return together again as DELTRON 3030. Event II picks up where the futuristic, avant garde, outer space concept album left off.
“This time, the album has a specific story. “The Deltron world has gone too far with technology. Everything’s destroyed, and you just see the remnants of our technology. The streets are run by criminals, the police are outnumbered and outgunned, and we’re like pirates, running rogue, doing what we do to survive. That’s the scene of it. We’re trying to be as literary as possible while dealing with a musical format. I don’t know if you could even categorize this as a hip hop album – it’s more like a rock opera, but using rap.”- Del The Funkee Homosapien
The first song recently released off of Event II, “City Rising From The Ashes” can be heard below, and features background vocals from the multi-talented Mike Patton. The clip “Stardate”, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the latest snippet from the record. It features a Star Wars style marquee beginning narrated by Gordon-Levitt that slowly slides into some great production work, aka sick beats from The Automator. What a way to open up the record. Featuring guest appearances from David Cross, Zack De La Roca, Damon Albarn, Jamie Cullum, Black Rob, The Lonely Island, Amber Tamblyn, Aaron Bruno of AWOL Nation, David Chang, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, this thing is destined to be another classic. We’ve waited this long, what’s 3 more months. Look for Event II on Dan The Automator’s Bulk Recordings on October 1.
City Rising From The Ashes from Event II
Watch them perform the song live here, courtesy of Converse.