Deltron 3030’s second album, Event II, is set 10 years after their debut album, in the year 3040, paralleling the time it took to be released. Set in a scientifically fictional dystopian society, the scene is set with the album’s first track, a monologue by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He explains that the people have begun to collapse under the weight of economic despair and anarchy is inevitable. However, there is a glimpse of hope, the return of Deltron Zero and Automator.
What ensues is an interpretation of modern day problems given a futuristic twist. For those who are familiar with the original Deltron 3030 album, it is immediately apparent that they did not want to take many risks on the sequel. The tracks on Event II sound like they could have been a part of the original album, which is not a bad thing. Dan the Automator is once again on point, creating catchy tracks that transcend your typical hip-hop beats and give the album a cinematic feel. Del’s signature rambling conversational verses seem effortless and are much more impressive than the solo material he has released as of late and Kid Koala’s scratching is as good as ever.
Like the first album, Event II has a number of skits featuring the older generation lamenting on how things were in their time. These skits worked well on the first album but feel forced and out of place this time around. The skits with David Cross fall flat and the song by the Lonely Island Boys is only moderately amusing.
The latter two thirds of the album feature a variety of guests including Zach de la Rocha, Emily Wells and Damon Albarn. This helps the album diversify from its typical sound and it is nice to hear Rage Against the Machine’s front man screaming on a new track.
Oddly, the track that stood out the most is, “What is This Loneliness,” which features Damon Albarn of Blur, and Casual. The production on this track is top-notch and Albarn’s haunting vocals create the perfect chorus. Casual’s verses on this track were the best on the entire album and Event II could have benefited from having a few more guest rappers.
The album concludes with a nostalgic look back at better times, “when love meant love.” Deltron’s rapping over the hook, “do you remember,” by Jamie Cullum ends the album on a serious note, leaving the listener with a sense of despair while they reminisce about the way they saw the world as a child.
The theme of looking back to the past, which is lyrically consistent on the album, is also fitting for the album itself. Event II sounds like it could have been made a decade ago but is worth a listen nonetheless.
You can listen to the album below. If you like what you hear, Delton 3030 will be performing at the Vogue Theatre on October 18th with Cosby Sweater.
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm