366TAS: 7:30 – Deltron 3030 – 3030

One rule of the 366TAS project is that I’m not repeating artists. Oh sure, I’d love to put five LCD Soundsystem tracks in here, especially given how many options they provide between 6:00 and 7:55, but I’m looking to provide variety here and paint a fuller picture of my listening history than just playing some of my favorites over and over again. I do that plenty often at home. That said, using particular musicians more than once is okay by me because different collaborators produce different stuff. Besides, I don’t want to go through looking for all the hidden duplicate performers that might be out there. So we’ve seen Simon & Garfunkel as well as Paul Simon solo. Cream and Derek and the Dominoes.

But what performer has showed up the most often on the 366TAS project? It’s not any of the “usual suspects” who might come to mind, it’s Teren Delvon Jones, better known as Del the Funky Homosapien. From Del’s successful 1991 solo debut album, produced by his cousin, Ice Cube, we had “Dr. Bombay” at 4:37. Del then collaborated with Dinosaur Jr. on the 4:00 “Missing Link” for 1993’s Judgment Night soundtrack, my surprise runaway winner for most viewed post of the year, thanks to a Facebook link from one of the other collaborators from the one live performance.

In 2000, Del was an integral part of the hip-hop supergroup, Deltron 3030 that put out an epic sci-fi themed album, including today’s track that sets the scene, “3030”. The group included the likes of Dan the Automator and Kid Koala. Damon Albarn also made contributions to Deltron 3030, leading to Del’s best-known work, the guest appearance on Gorillaz’ breakthrough hit, “Clint Eastwood” (5:55).

Suffice to say, I’ve always been a fan of Del’s and I’ll check out whatever he’s up to. For the immediate future, that’s going to be a new album from Deltron 3030, due to drop sometime next year. It’ll be their first release since 2000, so I’m definitely looking forward to see what they have in store for us.

3030 – Deltron 3030

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