The band also announce two London dates

Wu Tang Clan have announced their new album will be called ’The 8 Diagrams’.

The LP features collaborations with the likes of E.Z. Mo Bee, Marley Marl, Q-Tip, DJ Scratch and Nile Rodgers.

The band are currently recording the album in New York’s Legacy Recording Studios.

It’s the collective’s first new album since 2001’s ’Iron Flag’.

Speaking about the return, RZA said: “This isn’t a comeback. We never went anywhere in the first place, we were just working on various different projects and this is the first group album in six years and the first European Wu Tang tour featuring all members.”

Founding member ODB passed away in 2004 and RZA said he found it hard to work without him.

He admitted: “We still miss him every day… It’s like you lost an arm or a leg, you feel incomplete. He was a very special person, like a very rare diamond. You know, it’s like you wake up one day and they’re saying: ‘There are not diamonds in the world anymore, just cubic zirconia…’.”

They will play:

London Hammersmith Apollo (July 5)

Manchester Apollo (6)

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