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Charting the Music: Deltron 3030, 'Event II'

Charting the Music: Deltron 3030, 'Event II'
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Packed full of unlikely guest appearances and collaborations, "Event II" marks a successful return for Deltron 3030.

Deltron 3030 is back once again, now with their sophomore installment "Event II." Containing 16 tracks, "Event II" continues the exploration of a post-apocalyptic future from which only the Deltron trio can save us.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #2 Hip Hop and #20 CMJ Top 30 for the week of November 19, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: Bulk Recordings released "Event II" on September 30, 2013; it was produced by Dan the Automator.

Can be heard on: Elevated Rhymestate with Wil Wander, the Space Parlour with Nick Acquisto and the Mixtape with Jason Robinson.

RIYL: Kool Keith, Gorillaz and Hieroglyphics.

Hometown: Oakland, Ca., Vancouver, B.C. and San Francisco.

Standout tracks: The year is 3040 with "The Return" describing a future that has taken a turn for the worse. Blur and Gorillaz guru Damon Albarn joins forces with Del's fellow Hieroglyphics mate Casual on the sci-fi isolation track, "What Is This Loneliness." Emily Wells, the other half of Dan the Automator's Pillowfight, provides her delicate pipes on the headbobber "My Only Love."

About the artist: Forming in 1999, Deltron 3030 is a hip-hop super trio comprised of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura and turntablist Kid Koala. Their self-titled debut was released on 75 Ark Records in 2000. Its concept follows Deltron Zero fighting corporations in a dystopian 31st century. In 2001, Dan the Automator and Damon Albarn's virtual hip-hop group, Gorillaz, released their debut which also included Kid Koala and Del the Funky Homosapien. While the guys have individually explored various projects and collaborations, they are back with "Event 2" picking up where their self-titled effort left off.

The guests: "Event 2" contains outsiders from all sides of the entertainment spectrum. Joseph Gordon-Levitt of "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "The Dark Knight" fame provides the introduction on "Stardate", announcing the triumphant return of Deltron Zero and Automator. Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine lends his lyrical flow for the "Melding of the Minds." David Cross of "Arrested Development" and Amber Tamblyn of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" provide a couple comedic skits about not respecting your elders and on properly eating a hover sandwich.

Play it while: Standing up for what's right whether on Earth or light years away on a foreign planet.

Awards and accolades: The group's debut "Deltron 3030" topped at no. 13 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" list, no. 43 on "Top Independent Albums" and no. 90 on the "R&B Albums" chart in 2000. "Event 2" sold 8,000 units in the U.S. during its first week, debuting at no. 41 on the "Billboard 200" chart.

What do the critics say: "Deltron 3030's long-delayed sophomore album, 'Deltron Event II,' picks up nearly a century after the group's self-titled 2000 sci-fi concept album left off, and things have only grown worse in their dystopian future. A catastrophic bank crash has set off interplanetary wars that have wiped out entire civilizations, and the survivors live among the nuclear fallout in meager shanties, where they're easily preyed upon by roving bandits and, just as often, their own government." Evan Rytlewski, A.V. Club.

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