Continuing to release their music in unique, unorthodox fashion, Wu-Tang Clan follow-up from their one-copy LP Once Upon a Time in Shaolin with their 20th anniversary album A Better Tomorrow – the group’s first album in seven years. In departure from your regular, digital and CD release, the New York heavyweights have teamed up with BoomBotix to present a portable speaker that consist of eight tracks from the forthcoming album, alongside an exclusive bonus track. Released in limited quantities in November prior to the album drop, 1,000 units of the speakers will be available from Boombotix’s online store, while another 2,000 from Zumiez stores at $80 USD. The portable speakers, which otherwise operate via Bluetooth connection, have been re-engineered by adding flash memory and a file management system to work as a standalone portable music player.
In a recent conversation with Billboard, RZA says the project is a dedication to the tangibility of music, and will also feature all living members from the clan:
“I had the idea pop up into my head, for a while, about music being kind of disconnected to us. Of being so digitized and accessible, but yet not tangible. But this thing here, a tangible item, like your old Walkman or your old cassette, or your old record, that’s what this is bringing back.
It’s a record to me that merges the way music was made in the classic essence, in an analog way,” he said, “as well as merging what’s going down the digital way. All the entire 10 Clan members are on it. All the [living] members, which is a beautiful thing. And the album has a small concept in a sense, musically it travels from a guy who is going through difficulties, tries to find himself, gets involved with some violence, some troubles, but then realizes that it’s best sometimes to walk away from the past and all the bad times and maybe work on making his life better, and making a better tomorrow.”
Stay tuned for more information on the album’s tracklist and release date.