Can you even imagine how different the world was when the first Deltron 3030 album came out? We're talking before Sept. 11, before Facebook, before widespread drone warfare, before roughly half of Americans kept devices called Androids in their pockets. And yet, in 2000, a trio of deeply proficient hip-hop weirdos — Oakland MC Del the Funky Homosapien, San Francisco producer and impresario Dan the Automator, and Vancouver pseudo-furry turntablist Kid Koala — wrapped up pretty much all of that in what might be the least self-serious dystopian vision our civilization has ever produced. The self-explanatory Event 2, released in September, finds the Deltron franchise spreading itself a little thin (e.g., celeb-chef David Chang dishing on food culture in the year 3040), but the sound of it — secured on this tour by a 16-piece orchestra — recalls a time when this odyssey charted essential new territory.
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