Given many of the pop cultural reference points of RZA and his Wu-Tang Clan, it's little surprise that the former has chosen kung-fu action B-movie style for his debut as a film-maker.
Whether RZA's soon to be released film The Man with the Iron Fists will be any good remains to be seen, but it's certain to have a great soundtrack. Some tunes have already emerged and can be found at ironfistsmusic.com. Last week, we got two more: one from the Wu-Tang Clan itself called “Six Directions of Boxing”, which is a punchy but laid back affair underlaid with great cinematic-sounding guitar and horn samples – ind.pn/RKY3lg. The other is an excellent song from Kanye West called “White Dress”, the title might give succour to gossip-mongers following his private life. Find the mellow track at ind.pn/RKYegz. There's also a nicely shot, world-travelling, non-kung-fu- based video for it at youtu.be/tRZBAvstyxA.
Laid-back Mac hits the high notes
I'm rather taken with a new track by young singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. The 22-year-old from Vancouver dabbles in lo-fi garage pop and on “Ode to Viceroy” he knocks out a lovely, languid slow jam. His laid-back vocals chime just perfectly with little stabs of high-pitched guitar lines. Hear it at snd.sc/OFGbvu. The song comes from an album called 2 out this week on indie label Captured Tracks – find it at ind.pn/RMNsby.
A rapper relishes his Salad days
English rapper DELS has a new EP out digitally and on 12-inch vinyl in late November on Big Dada. Snippets of the five-track collection Big Salad can be found at ninjatune.net/release/dels/black-salad. Two of the songs have already been previewed in full. Both are sonically adventurous efforts produced by the excellent Kwes. The first song, “Bird Milk” is a heavy affair, with crunching beats and synths, and a guest vocal from Bila. Hear it at snd.sc/OZSrXT. The second, “You Live in My Head”, is a gorgeous downbeat electro number that calls to mind Ghostpoet and early Roots Manuva. It's nicely accompanied with a video of low-key minimalist animations made by Dels (who is also a graphic designer) and Chloë Hayward. See it at youtu.be/Dg3X_IkFW1c.