[Album Review] Deltron 3030 – Event 2

Deltron 3030
What is this Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn & Casual)

In 2000, Del the Funky Homosapien, of the Hieroglyphics and Gorillaz, teamed up with producer Dan the Automator and turntablist Kid Koala to create Deltron 3030. Their self-titled debut, a futuristic tale of Deltron Zero fighting for the people, was hailed by many as one of the top underground rap albums of all time. Thirteen years later, after endless anticipation and speculation from fans, the trio has returned, this time in 3040.

Event 2 opens with a fittingly dramatic monologue from Inception‘s Joseph Gordon Levitt before Del picks up on “The Return” right where he left off. In the year 3040, greed and corruption have brought human civilization to a backwards, anarchical crossroads. Deltron Zero, riding his stream-of-conscious storytelling flow, journeys the future’s hazardous terrain surprisingly smoothly for someone who, in both this tale and reality, has nearly become a mythical character. The sonic background created by Dan the Automator, who actually finished the production circa 2008, proves timeless once again with influences ranging from classical to funk.

While the first installment held minimal features, Del brought on a number of friends this time around including strong collaborations from members of AWOLNATION and Rage Against the Machine. His reunion with Damon Albarn on “What is this Loneliness,” which you can stream above, proves to be one of Event 2‘s high points holding the distinctly strange Gorillaz flare. The Lonely Island, of SNL fame, even make an extended appearance for comic relief, a random inclusion that fairs alright. Even with the array of personnel on nearly every track, Del carries the majority of the narrative and creative direction making for a truly interesting, and mostly smooth, melding of styles.

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Medina - Junkie (Remixes)
Junkie (NONSENS Remix)

There’s no doubting the relentless level of musical talent that Danish vocalist Medina brings to the table. With astounding level of sales and numerous accolades, she’s impressed us for quite some time. Her release this year featuring Svenstrup & Vendelboe on Ultra records was a huge vocal progressive house gem. It’s only natural for Ultra to commission a remix EP to showcase those golden vocals.

Today we’re featuring the NONSENS remix of this tune. Made up of DJ/Producers Anton, Jens and Rasmus, this Copenhagen based trio flipped the script on this big room track with a dialed up festival style drop. While the original’s charm was found in it’s poppy melodic nature, this take will be a bigger hit for all the dance floor junkies. Pun intended.

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The Trap Dojo #57 [MP3 Playlist]


First up we got a Twerk anthem from DJ Snake and Flosstradamus that was ripped from TWRK Vol. 2 Diplo & Friends Edition that is featured at the bottom. This track is titled “Pop That Pussy” and will get played out by the biggest artists in the game, stay tuned for the official release. Next up is the full version of Skrillex’s remix for Chase & Status‘ upcoming album “Brand New Machine”, massive would be a healthy understatement. Diplo’s Revolution EP dropped today and we’re featuring 3 tracks, “Biggie Bounce”, Boaz Van de Beatz remix of “Revolution”, and TWRK’s remix of “Biggie Bounce”. DJ Yolo Bear with a release on Lucky Me Records, this one is titled “That Good Good”, Jersey Club is so hawt right now.  Hucci’s EP also dropped this week and we featured “The Fall” and “Mafia”, don’t miss these two. Check out the rest of the tunes from: BIG DOPE P, K-Theory, CAKED UP, Alex Young, Trippy Turtle, Mr. Carmack, COLTA, Crizzly, stwo, and more. Cheers.

DJ Snake & Flosstradamus
Pop That Pussy
Chase & Status
International (Skrillex Remix)
Revolution (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai) (Boaz van de Beatz Remix)
Biggie Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter) (TWRK Remix)
Biggie Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter)
DJ Yolo Bear
That Good Good
The Fall
Funkystepz feat. Lauren Mason
Bring Me Back (BIG DOPE P Remix) Out October 21st
Lana Dey Rel
Serial Killer (K Theory Remix)
Alex Young
Bill OReilly
Mr Carmack
Day 4: w/ COLTA
Trippy Turtle
Take U Down
Jay Z
Tom Ford (Crizzly Remix)
Virgo (ft. Shay Lia)


VOLUME TWO (Diplo & Friends Edition)
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Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Of Monsters and Men

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Jordan Klassen
Piano Brother
Evan & The Brave
Lil Monster
The Little Kicks
All I Need
Spark Alaska
Hidden Edelweiss
Andy Clockwise
Murphys Law
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Lana Del Rey

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Now that some time has passed, we actually appreciate hearing a different take on this infectious tune. And we especially love hearing something as unique and well crafted as this. Manila and DC based producer Manila Killa has created a nice blend of love trap, with big synths, military style snare hits, and carefully chosen strings. It has calls on associations of producers like Cashmere Cat, who effortless blend negative soundscape with atmospheric elements and smooth, rolling bass. It’s quite delectable.

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Eric Lam
Beam (Original Mix)

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While we normally have an aversion to the word beam (courtesy of Jim Beam), we’re all over this huge electro house tune. This former writer of the music for Dr. Oz show (no joke) has a melody driven electro house gem that’s well extremely well crafted. With big popping bass hits and a beautiful melodic progression, we just can’t help but listen to this track again and again.

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