Live Review: Deltron 3030 makes a killer comeback at the Paradise

25380023

Eric San — known widely as Kid Koala — is the smoothest guy in the room. His hands scurry from one turntable to the next, while his body casually moves to the beat of the well-known Beastie Boys banger, “So What’cha Want.” No headphones. No laptop. Just three turntables and a few stacks of vinyl records on the floor behind him. For the next 25 minutes almost everyone in the sold out crowd at the Paradise Rock Club stands transfixed, jaws dropped to the floor, as the Canadian-bred DJ, samples, scratches and segues from one track to the next.

“I’ve been waiting for this reunion for 13 years!” proclaims Kid Koala.

Yes! Finally! We have too!

After a 13-year-long hiatus, futuristic, hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 has finally awoken from their sci-fi, cyberpunk slumber and embarked upon a nationwide tour off of the release of their new album, Event II. In the realm of musicians of their ilk, there are few that have stood the test of time quite so stoically. But, even after a decade plus, Deltron frontman Del Tha Funkee Homosapien remains the same infectious rapper of those bygone ‘”Mistadobalina” days.

Clad in a camouflage tank top and sunglasses, Del burst on to the stage, skateboard in hand, to the eponymous track “3030.” Within moments of hearing Deltron producer Dan the Automator’s familiar oppressive beat, you couldn’t help but be taken back to the first time you popped in Deltron 3030 and laid ears on the trio’s weird, space-like hip-hop operatics. Backed by a full band, Del, Automator and Kid Koala delivered a fan-pleasing menu of their more familiar tracks — including “Virus,” “Mastermind” and “Memory Loss,” along with a solid dose of some newer songs.

As for that latter material, sure, the entire crowd was bobbing along, but it was clear that all anyone really wanted to hear was material from the group’s older catalog. Similar to the lyrical nature defining Del’s rhymes on Deltron 3030,  newer tracks like “The Return” and “Stardate” are marked with that same cocky MC intellect. Unfortunately, this time around he doesn’t muster up quite the same level of hype.

However, after a brief encore that included an impressive  cover of The Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” for which Dan the Automator stood front and center, playing the role of musical conductor to the rest of the band, there was no doubt remaining that the three musical masterminds were having just as much fun up on stage as the mesmerized fans in the crowd.

Tuesday night’s show not only marked the beginning of Deltron’s nationwide tour, but proved a testament to their continued relevance in the hip hop genre.

 

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

GAMES Hudson Common Open Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Hudson Common 356 W. 58 St. Free, www.hudsoncommonnyc.com The U.S. Open begins on Monday, but most of…

Movies

Review: Sadly, Matthew Weiner's 'Are You Here' is…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tries his hand at movies with "Are You Here," a misjudged Owen Wilson-Zach Galifianakis comedy that turns into a drama.

Movies

Review: 'Love is Strange' is not only a…

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina tie the knot in "Love is Strange," but the film winds up being more about living with people than an activist picture.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…