Caught in the Net: Wu-Tang Clan's Iron man gets his kicks

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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 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 – 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 There's also a nicely shot, world-travelling, non-kung-fu- based video for it at

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 The song comes from an album called 2 out this week on indie label Captured Tracks – find it at

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 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 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