Deltron 3030 is playing the Halifax Jazz Fest this year. This is kind of a big deal. I don’t want to overstate it, but if you were looking to put together a list of seminal underground hip hop records, I think you could make a good case for the inclusion of Deltron 3030’s self-titled debut. In terms of underground or avant-grade hip hop, the idea of the hip hop “supergroup”, and the hip hop concept album, it was a groundbreaker. That, and it remains an awesome listen to this day.

Unfortunately that record was the group’s only release, but Del, Kid Koala and Dan The Automator are getting the band back together after 12 years to play some shows in advance of the release of their new record, Event II, later this year. So yeah, to repeat myself, the fact that they’re coming here to play next Thursday is a pretty big deal. Check below for a video of their reunion show at Toronto’s Luminato festival last month for a taste of what we’re in for. Colour me excited for this one.

And that’s before even mentioning that Deltron 3030 will be joined on the bill by the godfather of Canadian hip hop, the one and only Maestro Fresh Wes, which is always a cause for celebration in our opinion. Maestro remains as busy as ever, and has in fact spent plenty of time in Halifax of late as part of the cast of CBC’s Mr. D. Even better, he’s been hard at work on new music, and as the collabo below with Shad from last year shows, he hasn’t lost his mic skills.

On top of that, the night will also feature WijeratneWorks, the new project from “award-winning composer-conductor-pianist” Dinuk Wijeratne which blends a range of influences into pieces that are partly improvised. They will be joined for this show by turntable wizard and Bedford native Skratch Bastid, for what should be a pretty amazing-sounding set. Long story short, be at this show.

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MP3:: Deltron 3030 – Positive Contact

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MP3:: Maestro – Praise Da Lord f. Shad