Listen to ‘What Is This Lonlieness (feat. Damon Albarn and Casual)’
Deltron 3030, the trio of Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala, will be bringing their 16-piece orchestra to a one-off headline show at London’s Scala on 12th December.
Event II features cameos from friends and fans including Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zach De La Rocha and David Cross amongst others.
Listen to Event II highlight ‘What Is This Loneliness (feat. Damon Albarn and Casual)’
Nakamura began to make plans for Event II shortly after the three principals reunited for Gorillaz, the 2001 multiplatinum debut album, which Nakamura produced, with Koala providing masterful scratch work and Del lending his lyrical brilliance to its biggest hit, “Clint Eastwood.” Though initial tracks had been laid down by 2005, it would be another eight years before the record would be finished to their mutual satisfaction.
Both timely and avant garde their debut, Deltron 3030 accurately – if surrealistically – captured the spirit of the cusp of the millennium, an era when a technology-driven stock market bubble was on the verge of bursting, when the political world was entering an era of unprecedented partisanship, when global inequality was beginning to skyrocket. Critics dubbed it a masterpiece: “The most purely enjoyable hip-hop album of 2000,” NME declared.
Vice praised Deltron 3030 as “a dope hip-hop concept album…visionary sci-fi rap for comic book heads, cyberpunks and conspiracy theorists that closed the gaps between indie-rap, boom bap and future-music.” “It’s not only one of the best albums in either of their catalogs, but one of the best to come out of the new underground, period,” said AllMusic.com. Pitchfork called Nakamura the “poet laureate of creepy, oppressive beats,” describing the album as an “exciting” reimagining of “the future from the bottom up” that reveals Del as a “surprisingly acute social critic.”