Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian DJ Kid Koala Says New Deltron 3030 Disc 'Crushes' Beloved Debut: Kid Koala: New Deltron Disc 'Crushes' Last One

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian DJ Kid Koala Says New Deltron 3030 Disc 'Crushes' Beloved Debut: Kid Koala: New Deltron Disc 'Crushes' Last One

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TORONTO - Canadian DJ Kid Koala says Deltron 3030's decade-in-the-making sophomore record is finally finished, and that the long-awaited album easily surpasses the beloved original.

That should be comforting news for fans of the groundbreaking alt-rap trio -- which also includes Bay Area rapper Del the Funky Homosapien and producer Dan the Automator -- who have been waiting for 12 years for a follow-up to the group's sole groundbreaking release.

"I think it crushes the first one, personally," the affable Vancouver-raised DJ -- whose real name is Eric San -- said in a recent interview in Toronto.

"It's levelled up for me -- Dan's production, my turntable work and Del's rhymes. I think it's all better. And even as a group, it feels like we understand how the parts fit more....

"A lot of the tracks are a bit more uptempo, I guess. There's an urgency to them."

It might be strange to hear San use the word "urgency" for a project that's been in gestation since the underground hip-hop supergroup's forward-thinking debut dropped back in 2000.

That record achieved instant cult-classic status, deservedly hailed for its richly coloured soundscapes, panoramic ambition and Del's meticulously sketched sci-fi musings.

Organized loosely around the concept of a dystopic future where humans and hip-hop are similarly oppressed (the project definitely had a sense of humour), Deltron 3030's visionary space opera influenced a decade of similarly eccentric genre-hopping projects -- most notably Gorillaz, whose platinum-selling debut featured all three Deltron members.

The trio will reunite for their first performance in years at Toronto's Luminato Festival on June 11. More Canadian dates in Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa will follow, which means fans north of the border will get the first opportunity to hear the new songs, since San says there's still no release date for the new material.

That last part will worry fans of the project who have already waited through seemingly endless delays. San says he began working on concepts for the album back in 2002, and there were intermittent rumours of progress in the meantime that seemed to indicate the record would be released. …

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