Canadian hip-pop collective Bran Van 3000 are putting the finishing touches on their second album, Discosis, and they're far from going it alone.
Beastie Boy Mike D produced half of the forthcoming LP's 16 songs, while the remaining tracks were polished by producer/former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, the band's publicist said. Old-school rapper Big Daddy Kane, quirky British bard Momus, eccentric dancehall toaster Eek-a-Mouse and African vocalist Youssou N'Dour round out the guest list for the follow-up to 1998's Glee, expected to surface in late spring or early summer on Grand Royal Records.
While the album is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, "Astounded," the LP's first single, features perhaps the brightest of the bunch. Curtis Mayfield's distinctive croon of previously unreleased lyrics to his 1970 hit "Move On Up" supplies the vocal track to the sample-laden song, which also borrows snippets of bongos and sax from the soul classic. Just weeks before his death in late 1999, the "Superfly" legend gave Bran Van leader James DiSalvio permission to use the vocals.
British two-step phenomenon MJ Cole and French house producer Demon are among those remixing "Astounded" for its single release, scheduled for April. On their official Web site, Bran Van who scored a small hit off Glee with "Drinking in L.A." offer a downloadable sneak peek of the song in its original and remixed forms.
A video for "Astounded" is expected to be shot in Los Angeles next week, the publicist said.