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Paul McClean | 15:14 UK time, Thursday, 4 June 2009

Another classic from the ATL playlist vaults..

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking In LA (1997)

Just before the weather inevitably breaks we feel a pressing need to inject some summertime beats into the ATL blog. We all know this could be as good as it gets for a while so as its still remotely possible to chargrill something outside without the need for 2 puffa jackets and a ski hat, we thought you could maybe indulge us..



As the awesome G-Funk canon is impossible to get past the editorial compliance robots, we thought we'd go for something that won't automatically make our P45s magically appear.

Bran Van 3000 were an indie-electronica collective from Montreal Canada, a hippy hip-hop Arcade Fire, if you will, who produced a series of largely forgetable musical moments in a career which woud appear to survive to this day, though details are sketchy. However, their debut single 'Drinking in LA', released in Canada in early '97 was something of a generation x gem. 

Its so slacker it needs braces. The vocals are near on sublime, the beats roll hazily by and the lyrics are a mournful lament on passing youth and the wasting of dreams as the stretch towards our thirties narrows.

It was released in the UK and Ireland in March 1999 making a modest dent in the charts until a beer advert propelled it to the lofty heights of no.3. The band must have suffered vertigo.




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