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Deltron 3030 is excited to announce a fall tour in support of their upcoming album Deltron 3030: Event II, out October 1st via Bulk Recordings. The tour will feature a sixteen-piece orchestra — dubbed the 3030 Orchestra — on select dates, noted below, in addition to the three-piece touring band. Following performances at both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Rock The Bells, the tour will begin on October 8th in Boston at Paradise and end on October 25th at Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, with more dates to be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.
Deltron 3030: Event II, due October 1st, 2013, is Deltron 3030’s long-awaited successor to their self-titled cult-classic debut. Deltron 3030 — composed of a trinity of alt-rap all-stars: rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala — are celebrating the announcement with the debut of the album trailer, set to the first track on the record “Stardate.” The clip, which features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is available for posting HERE.
Recently, the group released their City Rising From the Ashes EP, which is available for posting in its entirety HERE, features three tracks off the upcoming full-length Deltron 3030: Event II. The EP is available on limited edition CD, including a $2 coupon off the full-length, and via digital retailers, which counts towards iTunes Complete My Album.
Individually, the collaborators of Deltron 3030 stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together as Deltron 3030, they warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds with Deltron 3030, an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hip-hop.
Del The Funky Homosapien, founder of Oakland’s seminal Hieroglyphics crew, launched his career as part of his cousin Ice Cube’s posse, da Lench Mob, and gained recognition as a top-tier hiphop verbalist with his 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, featuring the memorable tracks “Mistadobalina” and “Dr. Bombay.” He would release three more albums -1993’s No Need for Alarm, 1998’s Future Development and 2000’s Both Sides of the Brain – before joining with Nakamura and Koala for Deltron 3030.
Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, the architect of the sonic landscape within which Del and Koala work their magic, first captivated the hiphop underground with Dr. Octagonacologyst, his collaboration with Ultramagnetic MC’s Kool Keith. He went on to produce Cornershop’s breakout album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time, and to team up with fellow superproducer Prince Paul under the name Handsome Boy Modeling School, before forming Deltron 3030 with Del and Koala.
Kid Koala, a native of Vancouver whose turntablism mixtape Scratchcratchratchatch, recorded on cassette while a university student, brought him to the attention of superstar British DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut; the duo signed him as the first North American artist on their new label Ninja Tune, launched as a haven for the world’s most exceptional DJ and EDM talent. A year into his signing, Koala met Nakamura at the New York show of his first U.S. tour; the two hit it off immediately, and – beginning with Deltron – Koala became one of The Automator’s most frequent collaborators.
Deltron 3030 Tour Dates:
9/8 – Rock the Bells – Los Angeles, CA #
9/15 – Rock the Bells – San Francisco, CA #
10/8 – Paradise – Boston, MA
10/9 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY #
10/10 – Howard Theater – Washington DC
10/11 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
10/13 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA #
10/14 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY #
10/16 – Phoenix Concert Hall – Toronto, ON
10/18 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
10/19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL #
10/20 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/23 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/25 – Mountain Oasis Festival – Asheville, NC #
11/10 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX #
11/15 – Boom Fest – Denver, CO #
# – ft. sixteen-piece orchestra
Deltron 3030: Event II
Deltron 3030: Event II tracklist:
1. Stardate (ft. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
2. The Return
3. Pay the Price
4. Nobody Can (ft. Aaron Bruno of AWOL Nation)
5. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 1 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
6. Melding of the Minds (ft. Zach De La Rocha)
7. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
8. Back in the Day (ft. The Lonely Island)
9. Talent Supersedes (ft. Black Rob)
10. Look Across the Sky (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
11. The Future of Food (ft. David Chang)
12. My Only Love (ft. Emily Wells)
13. What Is This Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn and Casual)
14. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 2 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
15. City Rising From the Ashes (background vocals by Mike Patton)
16. Do You Remember (ft. Jamie Cullum)
City Rising from the Ashes
City Rising From the Ashes EP tracklist:
1. City Rising From the Ashes (background vocals by Mike Patton)
2. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
3. Pay the Price