Bran Van new album due in May

PAUL CANTIN

, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET

Long missing-in-action Canadian hitmakers Bran Van 3000 are poised to emerge from a lengthy hiatus with a new album in May -- featuring a posthumous collaboration with soul legend Curtis Mayfield.

Virgin Music Canada announced that the new album, "Discosis," will be released on May 29, following on the group's 1997 platinum debut "Glee" and the memorable single "Drinking In L.A."

In keeping with their debut record's mix-and-match collection of styles, "Discosis" features a dizzying array of guest artists.

Among the supporting cast are Youssou N'Dour, Big Daddy Kane, Eek-A-Mouse, Badar Ali Khan and Momus. Recorded at studios in Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, London and Senegal, "Discosis" includes production assistance from The Brothers Grand, former Cars leader Ric Ocasek and Mark "Spike" Stent, who has twiddled the knobs for Massive Attack, Bjork, Oasis and Madonna.

But none of the collaborations is likely as significant to Bran Van leader James Di Salvio as the first single, "Astounded." Virgin said Di Salvio, who has often mentioned Mayfield as a major influence, approached his hero months before Mayfield's death in 1999 with the idea of collaborating.

Mayfield was too ill to contribute a vocal, but gave Di Salvio permission to pull through his archives, where he discovered an unused vocal Mayfield recorded in the 80s. With Mayfield's permission, that vocal was incorporated into "Astounded." (More on: Bran Van 3000).


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